How Would You Define Hypnosis?

Nicholas PollakOP-ED

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Here is useful information for those interested in wanting to learn about hypnotherapy, what it is and what it is not.

Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

No. You always will awaken normally. In case of emergency, you will awake immediately. In hypnosis, you are not sleeping. You are deeply relaxed, fully aware of your surroundings. The situation is similar to that state when you are driving and you miss your exit. You were controlling the car, but your conscious mind was elsewhere. In 1876 an experiment was conducted with two individuals.

One was asked to go to sleep, the other was hypnotized. A paragraph from a book was read to each. When awakened, the person who had been asleep was unaware of the reading. The person who had been hypnotized quoted the paragraph word for word.

It was discovered that even though a hypnotized person appeared to be as deep in sleep as someone sleeping, the hypnotized party was more aware one would be in a normal waking state.

Is it safe?

You will not do anything that goes against your moral or ethical code. You will not reveal dark secrets. You will not be unconscious. Remember, you are aware of your surroundings. It is very safe. You cannot be hypnotized if you do not want to be.

What you see in fiction is not the real thing. It can mislead you into thinking that hypnosis is, on occasion, involuntary.

Who can be hypnotized?

Everybody. Some people can go deeper than others. If you are willing to be hypnotized, you can be.

In 1975 a new form of communication was discovered, rendering 100 percent of the population hypnotizable. Until then, only 50 percent had been.

A book on hypnotism and mesmerism written in 1896 held that Asian, African, Russian and Mexican heritage subjects hypnotize far more quickly that English or Americans. I have found this to be true.

What is a therapy session?

A typical first visit: A one-hour session consists of paperwork, learning a client’s goals, and for me to understand the best way to assist you.

Next comes the hypnotic induction.

This will leave you refreshed, ready to resume your day with a smile, having begun to make a dent in your issues.

  • Hypnosis is not the loss of conscious control.
  • Hypnosis is not a mystery.
  • Hypnosis is not falling asleep.
  •  Hypnosis provides a sense of profound physical and mental relaxation that is revitalizing
  • Hypnosis is a state of concentration and relaxation. It helps you to     change your self-image –. to lose weight, to quit smoking, to improve motivation.

I hope this helps you to understand that hypnosis is an amazing tool. You can create changes in almost any part of your life.

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