Frequently Ask Questions about Hypnosis
What is Hypnosis?
During hypnosis, the body and conscious mind are in a relaxed neutral state while the subconscious mind remains awake and receptive to suggestions. Hypnosis is an education-communication process to a person’s mind that allows his/her conscious and subconscious minds to believe the same message.
How Does The Subconscious Accept Hypnotic Suggestions?
Hypnotic suggestions bypass the intellectual mind, called “conscious”, and zero in on the subconscious. When given a new suggestion that is within the bounds of a person’s belief system and moral orientation, the subconscious mind accepts it literally as new reality.
How Does Hypnosis Help People?
The ability to reprogram emotional attitudes and reactions is a latent talent within every human being. Hypnosis is the most functional and reasonable way to train life long attitudes, rather than suffer a lifetime of emotional accidents the conscious mind is unable to change.
Can Any Person Be Hypnotized?
People of average intelligence (unless there is some sort of organic brain damage) can be hypnotized in most cases if they are willing and do not resist. The depth of hypnosis varies with a persons ability to respond. If you are not a naturally responsive subject, you can improve your receptivity to hypnosis with practice.
Is Hypnosis Medically Approved?
Yes. The American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association have approved hypnotherapy for use by professionally responsible individuals. The British Medical Association also adapted Hypnosis as a viable therapeutic tool in 1958. (The same year as the AMA)
Are The Results Permanent?
Suggestions stay with some individuals indefinitely, others need reinforcement. The effects of hypnosis are cumulative: The more the techniques are practiced and post-hypnotic suggestions are brought into play, the more permanent the results become. Self hypnosis training and reinforcement tapes for home use also provide additional help.