The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnosis
Hypnosis was first officially recognized as a viable therapeutic tool by the British Government through the Hypnotism Act in 1952. Then, in 1958 both the British and the American Medical Associations (AMA) sanctioned the official use of hypnosis by physicians. In 1958, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) also approved hypnotherapy for use by professionally responsible individuals.
Prestigious hospitals in the U.S. now use and teach hypnosis, such as Stanford University School of Medicine in San Francisco, the Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Since the AMA sanctioned the use of hypnosis, many insurance companies cover hypnosis for medical and dental uses, including major surgeries. Now, more and more people are choosing hypnosis over anesthesia for surgery. Some choose hypnosis simply because they fear not waking up from anesthesia. The fear-factor aside, however, there are definite medical advantages offered by hypnosis; less bleeding, faster recovery time, and the need for fewer post-operative medications.
People always have a lot of questions about Hypnosis and how it's used. According to medical experts, alternative health care practitioners, and Hypnotherapists these are the most frequently asked questions about Hypnosis:
1. Will I still be in control of myself?
This is what most people are afraid of. They are terrified that if they really submit to the relaxation of hypnosis and go fully into a trance like state that they will no longer be in control of themselves and can be easily controlled by the person that is hypnotising them. But be assured that you are still fully in control of yourself when you are hypnotised. You are still conscious, but your conscious mind is extremely relaxed. No one can take control of you and make you do stupid things while you're hypnotised unless you allow it.
2. Am I surrendering my free will if I get hypnotised?
Absolutely not. When you are in a hypnotic state you are more aware and more focused on yourself then you are in a normal state. You are not giving up your free will or allowing anyone to turn you into a "zombie" or a chicken. Despite what you've seen in films hypnosis doesn't make you the slave of the person hypnotising you. The person hypnotising you also can't make you fall in love or out of love with someone else, make you change any essential part of who you are, or do anything that you don't want to do. You are in full possession of all your faculties throughout the hypnosis session and you are not under a "spell" or in anyway under the direction of someone else. The things that you've seen on the tele or in stage shows where people get "hypnotized" and run around acting like chickens or saying silly words on command is not real hypnosis. You will never do anything while you are hypnotised that you wouldn't do under normal circumstances.
3. Can I be hypnotised without my consent?
One of the most common frequently asked questions about hypnosis is "can I be hypnotised without my consent?". It is an area of concern for a lot of people that don't know a lot about hypnosis. But don't worry, no one can hypnotise you without your consent. Hypnosis isn't magic, it's just a state of very deep relaxation. If you don't want to be hypnotized then you won't be able to relax and you won't enter a hypnotic state. The process of entering a hypnotic state takes some time because it will take time for your body and mind to reach the deep relaxation that is necessary for hypnosis. You can stop the hypnosis session at any time during that process if you're not comfortable or if you don't want to be hypnotised. You've probably seen hypnosis done in films or on TV where the person doing the hypnotising snaps their fingers and the other person immediately falls into a trance and is incapable of doing anything but what they are told. That's not how hypnosis works.
4. What happens if I can't come out of hypnosis?
It's physically impossible for that to happen, because you are not unconscious at any point during the hypnosis. You will be in a deeply relaxed state but fully conscious and you can come out of that state at any time that you want to. You can also come out of that state when given a verbal cue by the hypnotherapist. Sometimes when you get the verbal cue to come out of your hypnosis you may not want to because the relaxed state you are in feels so good. When that happens it may take you a few minutes to return to your normal awareness but that is only because you want to stay in the relaxed state, not because you are being forced to stay in it or because you can't come out of it on your own. You are always in control, even when you are deep in a hypnotic state.
5. Can I hypnotise myself?
Yes you can hypnotise yourself, it could even be argued that all hypnosis is self hypnosis as you are in control of what you are doing. You will need to learn the proper way to do it but once you've had some instruction it's possible to hypnotise yourself. Some people prefer self-hypnosis because they can relax easier on their own and in familiar surroundings. You can also hypnotise yourself between sessions with a hypnotherapist if you feel you need a little extra relaxation or a boost in your therapy. When you're using self-hypnosis though you aren't getting the expertise and therapeutic help that you would be getting from a trained therapist so if you're using hypnosis to help you deal with Anxiety, Depression, or psychological issues then you should probably see a professional therapist instead of relying on self-hypnosis.
6. Does hypnosis work on children?
Yes, Hypnotherapy is often used to treat children that have behavioural disorders and children that have had traumatic events happen to them. Children have also been put into a hypnotic state in order to help police solve crimes in crimes where children have been attacked. Some Hypnotherapists have found that using hypnosis as a method of treating night terrors for children under 10 years old can be more effective than other treatments because putting the children in a deep hypnotic state before bed relaxes their brain enough that they don't have night terrors. If your child is having night terrors and has not responded well to other treatments using hypnosis is an option you should discuss with your doctor.
7. Is hypnosis real?
Lots of people are sceptical about hypnosis at first, but usually that's because they don't have a good understanding of how hypnosis is used for medical and psychological treatments. Hypnosis is not some crazy New Age therapy. It's a legitimate therapeutic technique that has been used with proven success to treat medical and psychological disorders in millions of people. Anyone can be treated with hypnosis, and in most cases hypnosis is a very effective form of treatment for many different disorders. Hypnosis has a long history of being used to treat illness; it's not a new or untested therapy.
8. How many problems can I cure at once using hypnosis?
Hypnosis isn't a magic cure that will get rid of all of your problems at once. You will still need to address your medical and psychological problems one at a time, and over the course of several treatments, in order to see results. It's possible that symptoms of one disorder that mimic symptoms of another disorder might go away with the symptoms of the other disorder but in general you will need to tackle one problem at a time when you're using hypnosis as a treatment.
9. Do I need to see a hypnotherapist more than once?
Another frequently asked question about hypnosis is "how many sessions will I need?" You most likely will need more than one session with a hypnotherapist to solve your problem, depending on what it is. Most people see noticeable results after just one session so you might not need extensive hypnosis or months of treatment in order to eliminate your problem, but it will almost always take more than one session for you to see any kind of noticeable results for psychological problems.
10. Is hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis is perfectly safe. You are always in control of the situation and you are never unconscious. Unlike drug therapies hypnosis has no possible side effects and in most people hypnosis always works unlike drugs which may work or may not work depending on your body's chemistry and what the disorder is. Hypnosis can safely treat the physical and mental aspects of common problems like addictions safely and can help you break your physical and emotional dependence on overeating, smoking, drinking, drama, anger, or any other destructive addition that you might have.
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