"Is hypnosis real?" you may find yourself asking upon attending stage hypnosis performance. But if you're trapped by the belief that hypnosis is solely about performance, you're missing its real benefits. When practised by an experienced hypnotherapist, hypnosis can work wonders for your wellbeing.

But let's clear up a few popular misconceptions about hypnosis first.

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What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a psychological technique that induces a state of heightened concentration and focus, known as a hypnotic trance. In this state, people become more open to suggestions and learning, which can be used for therapeutic purposes.

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Popular Misconceptions About Hypnosis

Unlike what you may have seen in movies, you don't fall asleep or lose consciousness when being hypnotised. That is pure fabrication for the sake of drama. Instead, you'll find yourself in a state of super awareness when in a hypnosis session.

You should also lose the notion that hypnosis will turn you into a zombie or allow another person to control your mind. This is totally opposite of the truth. The fact is, you're always in control of yourself during a hypnosis session.

The same applies to the audience members who perform comedy acts on stage when they are under hypnotic influence. They can break it off anytime but choose not to, because the state of hypnosis or hypnotic trance feels very relaxing and pleasant.

It's also worth mentioning that audience participants are selected through a series of tests that indicate their tendency towards being more outgoing and unafraid of acting silly onstage. If you're too much of an introvert, no hypnosis could get you up there.

Hypnosis is neither dangerous nor a form of mind control. It can be very calming for your mind and helps to break bad habits and treat mental disorders.

How Does Hypnosis Work in The Brain?

The hypnosis process enables you to access the subconscious mind, putting you in a hyper-attentive state. Free from the usual distractions of your conscious mind, this is where learning or changes can be made with the greatest effect. This state is also known as the "hypnotic trance".

A professional hypnotist or hypnotherapist is trained to use a certain tone and words that draw you into a state of hyper-awareness. As you focus on the hypnotist's voice, you'll gradually sink into the hypnotic trance. At this stage, you'll feel focused and relaxed, knowing you are still in total control.

Every hypnosis script is developed with a specific purpose in mind. Some are meant to address mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression, while others are meant to encourage good habits. For example, some hypnosis can increase your ability to focus - enabling you to be super productive for days.

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How Hypnosis is Used in Hypnotherapy

In recent years, hypnosis has been increasingly practised as a form of alternative treatment in psychotherapy. Trained hypnotherapists use hypnosis to treat anxiety and depression by making suggestions that enable patients to explore and change their perception of painful memories.

Traumatic experiences are usually blocked and suppressed by the mind and would naturally be forgotten or dulled. But the effect of these experiences, when not addressed properly, will affect the emotional wellbeing of most people. Hypnotherapy allows patients to deal with the root of their suffering.

Besides treating mental disorders, hypnotherapy is equally effective in breaking bad habits like smoking or substance abuse. You can also use hypnosis for sleep disorders or to lose weight. Again, there's nothing magical about hypnosis. The hypnotist simply suggests the positive changes directly to your subconscious mind and removes any mental blocks.

How Long Does It Take for Hypnosis to Work?

When changing your subconscious mind, you’re trying to reprogram years or decades of formed habits. Change can occur once the hypnotist finds the right trigger for the individual, but everyone is different. What may take a single two-hour session for one person may take more for another.

Again, this can be explained in a scientific and simple way. Your brain contains neurological pathways that may change when exposed to new habits. The technical term for this phenomenon is called "neuroplasticity", and that's what the brain experiences undergoing regular hypnotherapy.

Ultimately, the answer to this question can be tricky as each person progresses at their own rate. What is definite is that you're sure to make progress if you have the discipline to attend and commit to every session. You can use a journal to record your experience, and you'll find obvious improvement as you progress.

Will Hypnosis Work for You?

Whether hypnosis works for you depends on the hypnotherapist. Be sure to choose an experienced hypnotherapist if you want permanent and positive changes to your subconscious mind. Both the scripts and the techniques of the hypnotherapist are equally important for it to work, but you won't have to pay a high price to find out what works for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

1. What Is A Hypnotist?

A hypnotist is a professional trained in the art of inducing hypnosis. They use specific tones and words to guide individuals into a hypnotic trance, to help them achieve specific goals or overcome challenges.

2. Is Hypnosis Real and Legitimate?

Hypnosis is a real and legitimate psychological technique. It's recognised and used in various therapeutic contexts to help individuals with issues such as anxiety, depression, habit control, and more.

3. Can Humans Actually Be Hypnotised?

Many people can be hypnotised. Hypnosis effectiveness varies from person to person, with some being more susceptible to the hypnotic state than others.

4. Is it True That Hypnosis Can Make You Do Anything?

Hypnosis cannot make you do anything. While under hypnosis, people maintain control and cannot be forced to do anything against their will or ethical beliefs.

5. What Does 'Trance' Mean in The Context of Hypnosis?

In hypnosis, 'trance' refers to the hypnotic state of heightened awareness and focus. It is a natural state where individuals are more open to suggestions but still in control of their actions.

6. Is Hypnosis a Real Therapy?

Hypnosis is considered a real therapy, especially when used in the context of hypnotherapy. It can effectively address various psychological and behavioural issues.

7. Can You Accidentally Be Hypnotized?

It's highly unlikely to be accidentally hypnotised. Hypnosis requires specific techniques and a willingness or openness to enter the hypnotic state.

8. Can I Hypnotise Myself?

Self-hypnosis is possible and can be learned with practice. It involves guiding yourself into a hypnotic state to work on personal goals or issues, similar to meditation.

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Kenzie Scott
Kenzie Scott
— November 10, 2023 12:17:39
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