Common questions about hypnosis:
Q: What is hypnosis and how does it work?
A: Hypnosis is a very natural process of entering a state of deep relaxation. This helps your subconscious (or unconscious mind) become more attentive and receptive to suggestion, and, thus, more open to change.
Q: How can I be sure I can be hypnotized?
A: Hypnosis is a natural, though altered, state of mind. You enter some form of hypnosis several times a day, like when you are driving and pass your turn-off because you haven’t been paying attention. Everyone goes through natural, altered states before they fall asleep, and as they come into wakefulness. Therefore, most people can enter hypnotic relaxation easily, provided they want to.
Q: What can hypnosis be used for?
A: Hypnosis can be used for many things, including changing bad habits, getting rid of unwanted weight, pre and post surgery, and curing insomnia. It is also effective in dealing with anxiety, fears and phobias, depression and acute and chronic illness.
Q: Can a hypnotist make me do something I don’t want to do?
A: All hypnosis is actually "self-hypnosis." You are allowing the hypnotist to guide you into your deeper and broader memory and other resources. Since it is a 100% consent state, no one can hypnotize you against your will. You are free to reject and receive any suggestion at any time.
Q: Can I get "stuck" in the hypnotic state?
A: You can’t get stuck. The hypnotist counts you out, and almost always you will hear the count. Since hypnotic levels are altered states between being fully awake and being completely asleep, you would merely fall asleep if you didn’t hear the count, and wake up when you are ready.
Q: Will I reveal too much when I am hypnotized?
A: Hypnosis is not a truth-serum or other drug. It is not like "opening Pandora’s Box" and letting out all your secrets. Since you are in charge, and letting yourself be hypnotized, your own mind determines how much or how little you wish to contribute to a hypnosis session. You can just as freely answer and not answer questions in a hypnotic state as you do in a wide-awake one.
Are You Hypnotizable?
Most people think they aren’t. But, in fact, 95% of people are hypnotizable. How do you measure up? The quiz is designed for you to gain a better understanding into how you might react in different situations and how those reactions form patterns to determine how you process information.
Are You Stressed Out?
Stressful situations are a part of everyday life. How it affects our health is largely dependent on how we respond. The stress quiz is designed for you to better understand how well you manage stress. When answering, try to be as honest as possible in each of the situations. There are no right or wrong answers.
How's Your Memory?
Memory is the process of retaining and retrieving information that is stored in the mind. There is no question that hypnosis is an excellent tool to enhance memories by improving the methods by which we create and retrieve them. This is partly based on the operator, and partly on the client's responsiveness to hypnosis. It happens to all of us at one time or another - we become preoccupied and experience a temporary memory lapse. In taking the quiz, remember the operative word is 'frequently’.