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Surprising FAQs About Hypnosis

31 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers!
(page 3 of 4)

by Dianne Ruth, PhD

What is hypnotherapy? Can it help me?

Hypnotherapy is the process of using hypnosis by the trained hypnotherapist to help a person make positive, desired alternative changes.

In some states, it is not permissible to refer to oneself as a hypnotherapist without having an appropriate medical or psychological background.

Your subconscious/unconscious/inner mind holds your core beliefs and attitudes. It is also your gateway to super consciousness, that part of you which can transcend time and distance.

When emotional pain and trauma is released from the recesses of your mind, the physical body’s stored stress is also released from your cells.

You can then experience calmness, peace and a feeling of joy, relief and lightness from resolving an old issue, changing behaviors and old patterns, learning new information, connecting with your inner wisdom, changes in how you perceive yourself and others.

You can learn how to let go of old hurts and angers so they no longer affect you physically and emotionally. Your unconscious mind holds the keys to health, happiness and self-empowerment.

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Does the hypnotist or hypnotherapist have any special power?

Absolutely not! The hypnotist or hypnotherapist is just an ordinary person who has gone through special training to learn how the mind works.

They learn and how to negotiate with it to get the desired outcome. Anyone that wants to can be trained in this profession.

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What is a posthypnotic suggestion?

EyePosthypnotic suggestions are given during the trance state to the unconscious or inner mind. You know that hypnosis is working for you when you spontaneously or unconsciously carry out a positive and desirable command after your hypnotherapy session.

For example, during your hypnotherapy session, you are instructed to enjoy a wonderfully refreshing and deep sleep that night, waking up the following morning full of energy and delightful anticipation for a new day.

Sometimes programmed changes may appear subtle at first. They tend to intensify; however, as they evolve, interact with, and build on old and new foundations of experience.

Different responses to daily events may seem unrelated to your hypnotherapy work at times. That is because the generated changes are occurring at an unconscious level, and feel like a natural reaction–which they are!

Hypnosis is a state of hypersuggestability. While in the hypnotic trance state, it is believed that a person is about one hundred times more susceptible to a positive or acceptable suggestion than at any other time.

The only evidence of true, effective hypnosis or self-hypnosis is the posthypnotic response. This means that whatever positive life changes in the form of suggestions you give yourself or the hypnotherapist gives you while in the trance state; you tend to carry them out later.

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How do I know when I am in hypnosis?

It depends on how deeply you drift into the hypnotic trance state. You may experience a feeling of heaviness, or you may feel light or like you are floating; you may have tingling sensations or just feel pleasantly relaxed.

You may notice yourself fading or zoning in and out of awareness; one minute you are aware of the hypnotherapist’s voice; the next moment you simply drift away–then back again.

Alternately, you may not even be aware that you were hypnotized. You will usually have total recall of everything that was said and took place, and a complete awareness of all your surroundings.

Once you begin to recognize positive changes in the way you think and feel, you will know that you have been hypnotized.

Most everyone feels very comfortable and enjoys the state immensely. Hypnosis is a state of total and utter tranquility that’s highly enjoyable! It is so relaxing you tend to lose track of time.

Some people feel as though the session lasted just a few minutes. For others, it seems as though they have been in that relaxed state for hours. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as being in a time warp.

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What if I can’t relax enough to go into the hypnotic trance state?

Sometimes, in the beginning, a person may be so agitated, restless, or unfocused that they are unable to experience sufficient concentration and relaxation to benefit from the usual hypnotherapeutic process.

Hypnosis is only one of many tools and techniques used to uncover information or to work out problems. Other ways of working can be used initially such as energy work like EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to help prepare the person for other forms of healing and release work.

In some cases, all it takes is a little time spent on establishing rapport and trust first. Eventually, the person may elect to proceed with learning self-hypnosis as a beginning toward using altered states of consciousness work for getting more efficient results.

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How long does it take before I begin to see results and my problem is fixed?

It depends on the complexity of your issue, if you have more than one issue, and how deeply buried the causes are. It also depends on how much better you would like to feel.

Sometimes, a person is perfectly satisfied to simply be more comfortable with learning how to manage the stress an abusive boss is creating; sometimes a person wants to make major changes that lead to phenomenal and incredible happiness and success.

For instance, this might be redefining yourself, and recreating your future. It might include discovering your purpose and mission in life and learning how to follow through to get what you want, perhaps with a career change, finding a soul mate, going back to school, or making new decisions about relationships. It’s all up to you.

There are no contracts, obligations or strings attached to continuing the work.

For most clients, the first session produces a shift into feeling more hopeful and better about their decision to engage in hypnotherapy.

Often, the client may experience their first formal hypnosis induction. By about the third or fourth session, quantum leaps toward resolutions are being made. Sometimes by the sixth session, clients are done.

Other factors that determine your success is the regularity of your hypnosis sessions. Weekly appointments at a minimum work best, at least in the beginning. 

Hypnosis is not a magic pill. You will actually have to do some work along the way such as attending your hypnotherapy sessions or listening to your self-hypnosis audio recordings on a regular basis.

Sometimes I will suggest simple techniques for personal self-editing that you can practice between sessions, or optional other homework that will accelerate your progress.

Because of the powerful methods I use to teach a client successful self-use techniques for taking control of their life–for life, the average length of time a client works with me is between 3 and 5 months. Goals, of course, are usually set.

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What is the difference between using will power and hypnosis?

If you could change an unwanted behavior or emotional response using will power alone, then you would not have any problems!

Will power uses logic, desire, reasoning, and sheer determination. It resides in the conscious mind, which is only about 20% of your total mind power.

The remaining 80% of the powerful subconscious, unconscious, or inner mind is where the negative behavior or unwanted emotions are deeply rooted.

The conscious mind when in conflict with the inner mind can interfere with the process when it considers it to be a “scary” change in its role to “protect” you by keeping you in your current “comfort” zone.

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Will I forget everything that went on?

Even though the hypnotherapist is speaking directly to the inner mind, the conscious mind is aware of everything being said and can recall everything that takes place, if you want it to.

Sometimes people have the idea that they are supposed to forget everything, so they do–because they gave themselves the suggestion to forget!

Of course, you can always give yourself the suggestion that you will remember absolutely everything, if it is in your best interest to do so.

Sometimes, it is in the best interest of the client to let certain memories remain buried because of severe associated trauma.

One way a skilled and trained hypnotherapist works with this kind of situation is to encourage the memory to remain unconscious while directed healing and release work takes place at a deeper level.

Once the release of negative emotionally charged energies has occurred, it becomes safe and comfortable for the memory to be retrieved.

You cannot change what has happened to you; you can, however, change how you respond to it, once you have the knowledge on how to do that.

Interestingly, most traditional talk therapy approaches healing with the premise that by reliving a traumatic memory over and over, desensitization will take place. Unfortunately, current research is turning up evidence that this approach of repeatedly reliving the trauma often makes it worse!

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Surprising FAQs About Hypnosis
(page 1 of 4)
What is hypnosis?
What can hypnosis be used for?
How effective is self-hypnosis?
How does the hypnotist put someone into hypnosis?
Will I fall asleep during hypnosis?
How much control do I have while in hypnosis? Can the hypnotist control my mind?
What if I am on medication? Can I still use hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Surprising FAQs About Hypnosis
(page 2 of 4)
How do hypnosis, meditation, prayer, creative visualization and guided imagery differ?
How well does hypnotherapy work?
Is hypnosis anti-religious?
What is the difference between entertainment hypnosis, a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist?
Is hypnosis guaranteed?
What is the difference between the conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind?
How deeply do I need to go into hypnosis?
I don't think I can be hypnotized. I tried it before and it didn't work for me. Can I really be hypnotized?

Surprising FAQs About Hypnosis
(page 3 of 4)
What is hypnotherapy? Can it help me?
Does the hypnotist or hypnotherapist have any special power?
What is a posthypnotic suggestion?
How do I know when I am in hypnosis?
What if I can't relax enough to go into the hypnotic trance state?
How long does it take before I begin to see results and my problem is fixed?
What is the difference between using will power and hypnosis?
Will I forget everything that went on?

Surprising FAQs About Hypnosis
(page 4 of 4)
What is hypnotic amnesia?
Isn't traditional "talk therapy" just as effective?
Does hypnotherapy replace more traditional practices like seeing a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist?
Why don't more people get hypnotherapy?
Can the hypnotist make me do things against my will--like in the movies?
Will I wake up afterwards? What will happen if I don't?
What about past life regression? Is it real or a hoax?
Can a person make up experiences while under hypnosis?