Does hypnosis really work? If wondering, you are not alone. Hypnosis has been misrepresented in the media, on stage in shows and even online. Here are the facts and myths about hypnosis.
In some ways, hypnosis is similar to meditation. When you are in a hypnosis session, you have a very relaxed body and mind, and you are actually able to communicate with your subconscious mind.
However, it is different from meditation. When you meditate, you want to stay in a relaxed state. With hypnosis, your goal is to change your thoughts, ideas and behaviors. While you will be relaxed during hypnosis, relaxation is not your main goal.
How Hypnosis Works
With meditation, you listen to your inner self. With hypnosis, you are gently working to change the attitudes and thoughts of your conscious and subconscious mind.
Hypnosis uses mental imagery or imagination, suggests ways to achieve goals and explores your underlying motivations. Hypnosis actually deliberately uses the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) or dream state that we all experience every night during sleep.
You can work with a therapist face-to-face locally, or you can use professionally made MP3s that are made by some of the most experienced therapists in the world. And you can get good results, either way.
Who Can Be Hypnotized?
Unless you have had a certain type of brain injury or an extremely low IQ, you can be hypnotized.
However, it is true that some people have a natural ability to respond to hypnotism easily. And it is true that some hypnotists are more skilled than others. Experience does count.
You must be willing to be hypnotized. If you resist, or you don’t want to be hypnotized, you can’t be hypnotized.
Will You Lose Control?
You may be afraid that, if you are hypnotized, you will lose control—or someone else will be in control of you. I have to admit, that, before I was hypnotized for the first time, I had this fear.
The truth is that, you are always in control. In fact, in some ways you are more aware than normal. Your concentration is very focused, but you can still leave the hypnosis state, it that’s what you want to do.
For example, if my husband asks me where something is, while I am listening to a hypnosis program, I can instantly leave the hypnotic state, go find what he’s looking for, or tell him where to look. I am totally in control of myself.
In addition, if you don’t agree with something in the program, you can mentally just say “no”.
Asleep or Not Asleep?
Are you afraid that you may never awaken from a hypnosis session? Don’t be. No one has ever been stuck in a hypnosis session forever. In fact, you are not really asleep.
You never lose consciousness. You are actually in a state that is very similar to the way you feel, just as you are falling asleep. I find it very relaxing, and comfortable.
Most people remember everything that was said during a hypnosis session. In some ways, because you are totally focused on the session, your memory may be better than usual.
Does Hypnosis Work?
There are lots of studies on hypnosis and its effectiveness, and it has been found to be highly effective—93% effective, after just 6 sessions.
In fact, hypnosis has a better track record than psychotherapy or behavior therapy, two psychological therapies that are widely used by professionals.
Modern hypnosis is different from the old timey sensational stage hypnosis where the hypnotist would say, “You are getting sleepy…You are feeling more confident…” That wasn’t very effective. Today hypnosis is much more effective, and it has evolved to a form that works.
The American Medical Association recognizes hypnosis as a valid therapy tool. Many physicians now use hypnosis for pain relief, allergies, skin disorders, headaches and to encourage healing after surgery. Hypnosis is also widely used to help anxious or depressed patients deal with stress and anxiety.
The only other caveat is that you have a responsibility, too. You need to use your self-hypnosis programs regularly in order to get results. That having been said, you have a very good shot at changing your life—using self-hypnosis!
Are Subliminals the Same as Hypnosis?
Subliminals are words that you can’t hear or see? They can be hidden in music or sounds. Or they can be shown very fast on a screen, during a program or commercial.
A number of years ago, there was concern that Americans were being “programmed” by subliminals during commercials. There were words that flashed quickly on the screen, but they were so fast that you couldn’t detect them.
It turns out that we didn’t really have to worry about subliminals. There is no research that proves that they do anything at all.
Hypnosis is totally different. It does work and it has a great track record. Hypnosis is also one of the easiest, most cost effective and quickest ways to get positive results.