Who Can Be Hypnotised?
The mystery revealed .........
Mention the words hypnosis or hypnotherapy and many people will say, "I don't think I can be hypnotised". A variety of reasons exist for this notion, including the belief that hypnosis requires the subject to be of a certain mental calibre (either weak-minded or strong-minded). Some believe that they must be able to deeply relax for hypnosis to work, and that somehow they will be unable to reach such a state.
The basis for all such myths is the mistaken idea that hypnosis is something that someone else 'does to you'. In truth, hypnosis is a state of focus and concentration which no one else can force upon you. This means that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, even when it is assisted by a Clinical Hypnotherapist.
Assuming any person has learned to reach a hypnotic state (and to carry out the correct suggestions in this state), there are things for which unassisted self-hypnosis proves beneficial.
Other issues such as fertility problems and Childbirth may require the assistance of a skilled hypnotherapist. For issues that may require assistance, a trained hypnotherapist can help you accomplish more in just a few sessions than people are often able to accomplish throughout their entire lifetimes, including changes needed to increase fertility.
There are three requirements necessary for hypnosis to occur: a minimal level of intelligence, an ability to follow simple instructions, and a willingness to be hypnotised. No one can make you do anything against your will. If they could, the world would be run by power crazed hypnotherapists who would hardly have a need to maintain private practices working with smoking cessation and weight loss.
Each and every person who wishes to be hypnotised can be hypnotised under the right conditions. It is a fallacy that strong minded people cannot be hypnotised. In fact, strong minded people often have the greatest success
Hypnosis is a learned skill. Some of us are better at it initially, but anyone can improve with a little practice. The mind does not have to be quiet or still during the hypnotic state, which often makes hypnosis preferable to meditation for some people.
Hypnotherapy is a participatory process - the hypnotherapist works with you during your session to create the most powerful session for you based on the information you provide, and the goals you desire to achieve.
A few misconceptions include:
could get stuck in hypnosis!
secrets will be revealed.
don't want anyone to control my mind!
don't think I can be hypnotised. What if I can't go under?
if I fall asleep?
you make me cluck like a chicken?
mind is too sharp to be hypnotised.
Many patients are in the care of a Doctor, and are receiving parallel treatments which include hypnotherapy. When traditional doctors send their patients, its proof that hypnosis is being considered a viable treatment for many people.
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regained confidence, believed I would conceive and I did."
© Pauline Taylor 2022