What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is generally taken to mean the induction of a trance state. Although “trance” has connotations of a glassy-eyed dream state, it really means just a focused state of attention.
You’ve been in a trance if you’ve ever been swept up in a great movie, book, or concert. You’ve also been in a trance if you’ve ever stared out of a window and daydreamed about an upcoming event or an old boyfriend.
In a hypnotic state, you are awake, focusing your attention, relaxing, and concentrating. This intense concentration is what helps make you more open and responsive to suggestion.
What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is hypnosis that is used by psychiatrists, physicians and psychologists as a tool for healing. Physicians and psychiatrists may use hypnosis to treat a range of issues from depression to anxiety, addiction, pain management and weight loss. There are also hypnotists without medical training.
What does being hypnotized feel like?
It depends on the person. Most people feel pleasantly calm and relaxed. Some people say they feel detached, others feel a heightened sense of focus. Another common sensation that people report is that their actions seem to occur outside of their conscious control. Your experience will be unique to you, but you should expect to feel pleasantly calm, relaxed and stress free.
What is self-hypnosis?
Self-hypnosis is when you hypnotizeyourself by using recorded hypnosis. Self-hypnosis can be just as powerful as hypnosis with a hypnotherapist and can be successfully used to treat depression, anxiety, addiction, pain management, nail biting and weight management.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes! Studies have shown that 90% of the population is easy or moderately easy to hypnotize. If you have an open, positive approach to hypnotism and are easily absorbed in daydreams, you will be responsive to hypnosis.