What is Hypnosis?

Lady hypnotising a client

While explanations and definitions can vary, one way to describe it is hypnosis is a cooperative interaction in which the client responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist. While hypnosis has become well-known thanks to popular acts where people are prompted to perform unusual or ridiculous actions, the technique has also been clinically proven to provide medical and therapeutic benefits. (APA) The American Psychological Association is the largest professional and scientific organization of psychologists in the United States.)

How Does Hypnosis Work?

When you hear the word hypnotist many people initially think of stage hypnosis that they have seen on various media outlets or heard about a volunteer on stage clucking like a chicken or some other scenario. The truth is real hypnosis is a million miles apart from stage hypnosis. While hypnosis is often described as a sleep-like trance state, it is better expressed as a very relaxed state, you are still totally aware, for example if there was a dog barking outside you would be aware of it, you would hear it.

What Effects Does Hypnosis Have?

The experience of hypnosis can vary from one person to another. Some clients report feeling a sense of detachment or extreme relaxation during the hypnotic state they are fully aware and are able to carry out conversations while under hypnosis. Many clients report feeling extremely relaxed after a session and are genuinely surprised at the results.

Can You Be Hypnotized?

While many people think that they cannot be hypnotized, a large number of people are more hypnotizable than they believe. Children tend to be more susceptible to hypnosis as they have a great imagination.

If you are interested in being hypnotized, it is important to remember to approach the experience with an open mind. Individuals who view hypnosis in a positive light tend to respond better and we all know that we are capable of much change when we put our mind to it and some effort in.