Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness with focused attention and enhanced capacity to response to suggestions where you have heightened focus and concentration. In hypnosis you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought or memory.
It is a state of conscious which you go in and out of all of the time. It is like a guided fantasy.
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation in which you are more open to suggestion. It is like a daydreaming.
The hypnotic state is self-generated. It is a unique state of suggestibility that only you can induce. Through this self-generated hypnotic state, it is possible to contact higher aspects of ourselves.
Some of different applications for hypnosis are:
- Forensic sciences
- Stage hypnosis
Misconceptions about Hypnosis
“If I go into trance, I will not wake up.”
People awaken from hypnosis easily. The ego cannot be detached under hypnosis, so there is a subtle awareness at all times within you are under relaxed state of mind in a location I which you are familiar.
“Only certain people can be hypnotized.”
Everybody can be hypnotized. Some people think that only weak-minded or unintelligent people make better subject. Actually, opposite is truth. People with stronger will and with higher I.Q.s have an increased ability to concentrate, so they have a greater ability to imagine the desired results. This creates a higher degree of success, because concentration is a key factor to being able to imagine suggestions.
“If I remember what happens or I’m not ‘unconscious,’ then I’m not in trance.”
Hypnosis requires communication between therapist and client, in state of unconscious communication is not possible. If we ask a hypnotized client, who has fallen asleep (went into unconscious), to have a memory, he or she will simply continue to snore, not hearing me at all.
Hypnotic trance is not about falling asleep or loosing conscious.
“You can be given a (post hypnotic) suggestion to do something against your moral code.”
The effect of hypnosis has never been known to be harmful to anyone. Primary effects from a state of hypnosis that have been known to occur include: relaxation, stress reduction, attitude adjustment, increased awareness and intuition. These have been clinically proven through many sources. It is not possible that anyone gives you suggestion against your moral code. You have choice to accept or not accept suggestion.
“A hypnotist has power over you.”
Nobody has power over you. It is not possible. You are aware all the time and you can end therapy when you want.
“The deeper trans state, the more effective the work.”
This is also a myth and not true, in fact, because effective therapeutic hypnosis requires communication between therapist and client during a session. If a client is too deeply into trance to be able to respond to the therapist, the therapist will need to help the client come up to a lighter state of trance.