Not everyone can be hypnotized. 97% of the population can be guided into a hypnotic state. All you need is a willingness to be hypnotized and the ability to follow directions.
Hypnosis can make me say or do something against my will. A client that has been hypnotized will not accept a suggestion that goes against their inherent nature or well being. In the hypnotist-client relationship, mutual responsibility and accountability exists. Suggestions are offered by the hypnotist that the client can choose to reject or accept. A good example is the smoker who requests hypnosis to stop smoking at the urging of a spouse but does not wish to quit. This client will not be successful.
Hypnosis is harmful. Hypnosis is safe when performed by a trained hypnotist. Treatment of physical symptoms by a hypnotist should proceed with the full knowledge of your medical professional. Persons with significant psychiatric problems may not be appropriate for hypnotherapy unless controlled with medication and approved by their licensed mental health professional.
You can become 'stuck' in hypnosis. In such situations clients are most likely so relaxed and comfortable they are not ready to terminate or they are still working through the experience. Such clients will bring themselves out in a few minutes when they are ready.
Hypnosis is sleep. Hypnosis is not sleep. The client in hypnosis may resemble someone who is asleep but from a neurological standpoint, the client is focused, conscious and alert.
The Hypnotist puts someone 'under' hypnosis. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist assists the client in directing their experience but only as much as the client allows it. The hypnotist has no more control than that which the client gives them.
Hypnosis isn't scarry, and it's not like what you see in the movies or on stage shows. You won't be made to do silly things (like cluck like a chicken as we so often see in comedy sketches). Unfortunately, there are a lot of ill-conceived notions due to TV and entertainers.
Certified hypnotists guide clients into a relaxed state of heightened suggestibility. It is here where past learned responses, such as how you respond to fearful situations or rely on habits, are quickly overcome by introducing new desired goals. These goals are your personal goals and therefore need your willingness to succeed. The hypnotist cannot make you do something against your will.
If you have questions about hypnosis, don't hestitate to call me at 216-359-0018 for a FREE strategy session.
I'll be happy to explain what goes on in a typical session and answer questions about how together we can acheive your personal goal to 'better'.
Disclaimer: There are no guarantees that hypnosis will work for you. Results vary person to person based on their desire and other factors.