Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnotherapy or Hypnosis
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Hypnotherapy or Hypnosis. Remember these answers are simple and practical answers to these questions. If you want more detail, please call.
Hypnosis is a completely normal state of mind that we all go into several times a day. For example, day dreaming, driving home from work on auto pilot, reading a book, and forgetting what you just read after turning the page are all good examples of the State of Mind called Hypnosis. That happens every day. When we think of traditional Hypnosis it is a combination of well-known and normal psychological states – which when all put together creates the effects of Hypnosis and is used in hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis. Hypnosis is the formal name that has been given to the formal application of various methods to place a person into this state on relaxed mind and laser beam focus.
Because it feels like such a normal state and they were expecting something very strange. Some people ask if they’ve really been hypnotized. The zombie-type states you see being shown in movies and TV are pure fantasy.
Hypnotherapy can be said to be the application of therapeutic methods when a person is in the State of Hypnosis. There are 2 altogether different forms or approaches to clinical hypnotherapy.
A form of treatment that is ideal for helping you to cope with such things as self-development, particular fears, doubts, nerves, smoking, self-doubt, certain habits, some weight-control problems, stress, and even a proses called hypno-healing (that is working with the body`s immune and healing systems) Plus there is much more.
A form of treatment that is used for the more fundamental or you could say deep-seated problems or issues. This approach aims to find and eliminate the underlying rudimentary cause of such things as irrational fears, emotional problems, relationship difficulties, psychosexual problems, lack of confidence, personality problems, sleeping difficulties, stuttering/stammering, anxiety, inferiority complex, unhappiness, phobias,…. I could just keep on going, but you could say for most other problems and issues where there is a psychological factor at work.
It really a great feeling! Can you remember how it feels just before you fall asleep at night? Hypnosis is a natural state that feels similar almost like that.
When you awaken from hypnosis, you feel refreshed and revitalized. You will feel as if you were relaxing in a very comfortable space. You will be able to hear everything like my voice, the sounds outside the building, a car going down the street outside. Another good way to think about is, relaxation is a subjective experience (for example, some people relax at the beach, for others, it is chopping wood), so is hypnotic trance subjective experience and what each person feels. One thing people love is that the feeling is the opposite to stress, so you will feel relaxed and calm.
We use the traditional approach and some not-so-traditional approaches to hypnosis. Some using words and imagery and others using sound to guide your mind into a relaxed state and here is a list of some of the hypnotic techniques.
- Rapid induction technique
- Pace and Lead technique
- Physical posture technique
- Sensory overload technique
- Stealth technique
- Visualisation technique
- Eye fixation technique
- Mirroring technique
NO!!! Not at all. No one under hypnosis can be made to do anything against his or her will. Your moral and ethical codes will still be in place under hypnosis.
The unconscious mind’s job is to protect and help you. Just like you cannot be made to do anything against your will, you will also not say anything to embarrass you, say anything you don’t want to say, or do more than you are comfortable doing. Usually, if a hypnotherapist`s suggestion conflicts with a client’s value system, the client simply “wakes up.” You are in complete control at all times.
NO! The person being hypnotized is still in control. A Stage hypnotist will carefully select people from the audience to find the ones who best respond to Hypnosis. The “control factor” is still zero, the person on the stage allows the experience to be their main focus and finds they are easily able to go along with the suggestions.
Remembering the experience is entirely an individual thing, it totally depends, if you want to, you will remember.
The best answer is that you will go as deep as you need to. Depth of the hypnotic state is an idea that used to be a focal point, but lately, the hypnosis community and hypnosis professionals have realized that depth (or not) has little bearing.
Here is an interesting fact. Hypnosis improves with practice. The more hypnosis one undergoes, the greater and easier one drops down into the altered state. It is a skill and like all skills.
Everyone can be hypnotized and yes I do mean everyone because it states. The only controlling factor is the person has to be willing to be hypnotized. “All hypnosis is self-hypnosis”, which means if you want to do it, you will. There are a very small minority of people who have difficulty being hypnotized they are usually those who
a) don’t really want to be hypnotized (perhaps to debunk the idea); or b) can’t relax and let go enough (perhaps fearing loss of control, which we know is a myth, or fearing the unknown) to go with the experience. You can try hypnosis for free Just GIVE US a CALL.
Many of us experience a “trance-like” state while listening to music or being given a good sermon at church, sometimes reading a gripping book, or even while watching TV or playing on your telephone ! Here are some personal feelings one may experience when in a hypnotic state:
- Physical relaxation (Body muscles feel relaxed).
- Fluttering of eyelids when entering and coming out of hypnosis.
- Mental relaxation.
- General feeling of drowsiness as if ready to doze.
- Eyelids heavy (extreme effort to raise them).
- Eyes smarting and/or tearing. Remove contacts; they create dryness.
- Eyelids locked together, unable to open.
- Jaw muscles relaxed.
- Teeth unclenched.
- Tongue loose and natural. When tense, the tongue goes higher.
- Dryness in mouth.
- Desire to swallow.
- Moisture at the corners of the mouth.
- Desire to scratch an itch, but not sure of doing it.
- Twitching or jerking in any part of the body.
- Euphoria (state of well-being).
- Tingling or numbness in any portion of the body.
- Heavy feeling in any portion or entire body.
- Desire to laugh, smile, giggle or cry.
- Lack of desire to open eyes (relaxation feels too good).
- Body warmth or chill.
- Feel personal freedom, carefree or uninhibited.
- Sexual/sensual stimulation or awareness.
- Time distortion (minutes seems like hours and vice versa).
- Voice sounds fading in and out.
- Letting go as if falling asleep.
- Occasional involuntary sigh.
- Feeling of lightness.
- Feeling of floating.
- Partial body detachment is as if part of the body is not there.
NO Not at all. Hypnosis is a very natural and normal state and you cannot hold anyone against will. If a client were to go so deep as to enter a truly deep state and left there, (something we would never no) they would simply go into natural sleep and awaken when they were rested.
No! In over two hundred years of recorded hypnosis history, there is no documented case of anyone being hurt with hypnosis.
If you have any questions about whether or not hypnosis will help or conflict with a present medical condition, Please call and ask us, if we don’t know the answer we will ask you to call your GP.
The interesting reaction of hypnosis on medication is that, over long periods of time if you’re currently taking medication, after a series of hypnosis sessions you may find that you need fewer amounts of it or lesser strength of the drug. Hypnosis can often complement traditional medical care and better or more informed doctors favor it. It can act as an adjunct to medical treatment.
“Helping me get past my fear of public speaking?” “Improving my golf game?” “Helping me relax during exams?”Curing my insomnia?” Etc.
Hypnosis is used to change attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. It will not make you grow taller or change the color of your eyes or cure cancer. But it will help with emotional states of mind that contribute towards the healing of conditions and works with ‘Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviors’.
- Anorexia Treatment
- Antidepressant Withdrawal
- Assertiveness Training
- Asthma Treatment Hypnosis
- Be Less Critical
- Be More Patient
- Being Yourself Socially
- Birthday Blues
- Blaming Others
- Breastfeeding Relaxation
- Building Self Confidence
- Building Self Esteem
- Caffeine Addiction
- Cannabis Dependence
- Chewing Tobacco Addiction
- Chocolate Addiction
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Confidence in Class
- Controlling Emotions
- Cool Down Blushing
- Dealing with Disappointment
- Develop Optimism
- Diabetic Diet
- Don’t Take It Personally
- Drink More Water
- Ease Eczema
- Ease Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
- Ease Raynaud’s Disease
- Eat More Vegetables
- Eat Slowly
- Essential Tremor
- Exercise Motivation
- Feel Attractive Now
- Feeling Down
- Fitness Class Motivation
- Forgive Yourself
- Gain Weight
- Get Back on Track
- Gym Motivation
- Hay fever Relief
- Healthy Lifestyle
- High Blood Pressure
- Hot Flashes
- Ignore Snoring
- Improve Posture
- Impulse Control
- Inferiority Complex
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Jet lag Reliever
- Know Yourself
- Let Go Of The Past
- Let It Go
- Lip Biting
- Love Your Pregnant Body
- Morning Sickness
- MRI Scan Anxiety
- Musicians & Singers Nerves
- Nervous Talking
- No Embarrassment
- No More Mr Nice Guy
- Overcome Envy
- Overcome Indecision
- Overcome Insecurity
- Overcome Lethargy
- Overcome Perfectionism
- Overcome Selfishness
- Overcome Superstition
- Overcoming Shyness
- Peer Pressure
- Perfect Body
- Personal Power
- Portion Control
- Positive Menopause
- Positive Pregnancy
- Positive Thinking
- Pregnancy after Miscarriage
- Prepare for Surgery
- Public speaking
- Put Yourself First
- Quit Smoking – Stay Stopped
- Reduce Salt Intake
- Relieving Constipation
- Remember Your Medication
- Saying No
- Self Hate
- Speaking Clearly
- Stage Fright
- Stand Up for Yourself
- Stay Calm with THAT Person
- Stop Apologizing
- Stop Arguing
- Stop Being Defensive
- Stop Being Fussy
- Stop Being Irritable
- Stop Comparing Yourself
- Stop Cracking Knuckles
- Stop Cursing / Swearing
- Stop Drinking Soda
- Stop Facial Tics
- Stop Fidgeting
- Stop Gossiping
- Stop Judging by Appearances
- Stop Negative Thoughts
- Stop Nervous Laughter
- Stop Nose Picking
- Stop Popping Zits
- Stop Scratching
- Stop Self Blame
- Stop Thinking the Worst
- Stop Thumb Sucking
- Stop Worrying
- Tension Headaches
- Travel Sickness
- Victim Mentality
- Walk More
- Watch Less TV
- Weight Loss – Eat Healthy
- What Others Think
- Worry Less About Your Kids
- You’re Not Stupid
- And Many More
I’m not aware of ANY issue that cannot be at least significantly improved/relieved through the regular use of hypnosis.
What’s the difference between self-hypnosis, guided imagery, creative visualization, or meditation?
There’s not a tremendous difference at all. Some other things that are similar are “Guided Imagery” or “Previewing” which perhaps sound a little less mystical than “Hypnosis” and “Self-Hypnosis.” All of these processes are simple procedures to relax the body and focus the mind. The state you attain can feel similar for each no matter what you choose to call it.
There’s a lot of factors at work here. For the best answer for you. Call us “Let’s Talk” We will and can give you a plan of action and be able to answer that question with a lot more accuracy.
On the one hand, being angry can be constructive and beneficial, leading us to take positive action to meet a short-term goal or remedy a difficult situation. On the other hand, anger can often reveal itself in a toxic and destructive manner that causes people to lose control of their emotions, putting themselves and others in harm’s way. Destructive anger can take the form of passive-aggression, sarcasm, and cold anger to verbal abuse, hostility, and physical aggression.
While anger is a natural part of life, experiencing intense anger frequently – a condition known as high-trait anger – can begin to have a negative effect on our physical bodies. When left unmanaged, the emotional aspects of chronic, high-trait anger can slowly cause physical damage and compromise the body’s ability to regulate internal functions. Keeping chronic anger unchecked will inevitably lead to an increased risk of developing significant health complications, such as hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer.
There are many common myths and misunderstandings surrounding anger, and it’s important to distinguish fact from fiction. Some of the common myths involving anger include:
- Anger is only a negative emotion
- Anger is only caused by others
- Venting anger is a healthy way to let off steam
- Ignoring anger eliminates the problem
- Anger management only suppresses the problem
Although anger is an emotion in and of itself, it can manifest in many different ways, involving many intricate feelings. Anger can vary in intensity, whether felt from guilt and shame, during times of unfairness, or in moments of impatience or extreme emotional distress. Fear, sadness, anxiety, disappointment, uncertainty, and many other feelings can all be rooted in one’s anger.
Yes. Some people experience intense fits of anger all at once for a very short time, while anger in others may be less severe but occur more frequently. Since so many varying factors can cause anger, it can present itself in different ways and take on many forms.
Anger typically falls under one of three categories: passive aggression, open aggression, and assertive anger. A passive-aggressive person triggered by their anger avoids confrontation and behaves in resentful or opposing ways that conceal what’s truly wrong, usually in an attempt to remain in control. Open aggression is the polar opposite of passive aggression, referring to an emotional response to anger causing someone to behave with hostility, whether in the form of verbal abuse or physical harm to others.
While passive aggression and open aggression are unhealthy forms of anger rooted in a desire for control, assertive anger is the ideal approach to managing one’s anger. Assertive anger refers to an individual acknowledging they are upset and making a conscious effort to resolve the situation in a civil manner.
Anger is a deeply personal and often overwhelming emotion caused by any number of circumstances. Anger can occur very quickly all at once from one singular event, such as someone causing harm, being wronged, or being made to feel inferior. Anger can also compound slowly and manifest over time, whether from stress, financial hardship, poor living conditions, or recollecting painful memories. These triggers, genetics, lifestyle choices, and upbringing all play a part in developing anger disorders and how people cope with their anger. What Causes Anger?
Anger is a cycle typically broken down into five stages: the trigger, escalation, crisis, recovery, and depression.
- Trigger – The trigger refers to the cause that leads to an emotional response of anger.
- Escalation – A reaction of anger causes the body to react to confrontation in the form of elevated heart rate and faster breathing.
- Crisis – As the body continues to respond physically, the mind may lose the ability to see reason, leading to a potentially irrational time of crisis.
- Recovery – The crisis stage will eventually peak, allowing your body to cool off and reach a recovery stage.
- Depression – The recovery stage lets the body and mind settle back into a calm state, allowing rationality and judgment to return.
Anger has its benefits. Moments of anger can focus our attention and prepare us to take positive action. But anger can often become problematic and put our health at risk. If your anger compounds your stress, clouds your judgment, or causes you to act out and negatively impact others, it is directly interfering with your ability to think and behave appropriately and should be addressed.
It’s ultimately up to you to be honest with yourself about your anger. Take a long look at the times you’ve allowed your emotions to get the better of you and affect others around you. If you experience anger often, find it difficult to avoid outbursts, or have allowed your anger to take control, know there is professional help available.
Everyone experiences anger. Being angry is a natural occurrence that can be managed appropriately without raising health concerns or signifying the existence of mental illness. But anger is also known to present itself as a symptom of bigger, more underlying mental health issues. Struggling to control anger can indicate a deeper mental health problem and can be addressed effectively with therapy and anger management.
People who experience sudden, short-lived outbursts of intense anger potentially suffer from what is known as acute anger, or intermittent explosive disorder. Chronic and high-trait anger are usually less impulsive and less severe but typically occur much more often. Over time, intense and persistent stress from acute, chronic, and high-trait anger can all negatively impact the body’s internal systems, leaving you at risk for stroke, cardiac events, ulcers, and other health complications.
Anger is a natural emotion that does not discriminate, no matter how old you are. Children experience anger the same way as adults! Like any other health concern, anger can compound and become more serious when left ignored and unmanaged.
There is a direct correlation between substance use and anger because both can be used as coping mechanisms to deal with distress and deflect responsibility. It is very common for someone struggling with anger to resort to substance abuse, and not uncommon for someone struggling with substance abuse to compound and negatively utilize their anger.
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