What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis can be described as an altered state of consciousness., the coming together of each part of the mind.
Amongst other things the conscious part of your mind which is responsible for logic, analysing and judging, and the sub-conscious part which is responsible for imagination, intuition and controlling all bodily functions, begin to work together.
Hypnotherapy is therapy whilst in hypnosis.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Most people have the ability to focus enough to be able to achieve hypnosis.
Generally speaking the stronger somebody’s mind is the more likely they are to be able to achieve it.
However hypnosis requires consent and cooperation and no one can be forced into hypnosis against their will.
Sometimes people who misguidedly believe themselves to be giving up control can prevent themselves being hypnotised without intending to. However once they understand that they are not going to be controlled they usually do very well.
Most of my client referrals come from individuals with a very logical mindset that were worried they could not be hypnotised.
There are people who should not be hypnotised on medical grounds. This includes people with certain kinds of epilepsy or those suffering from mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.
Can somebody’s mind be too strong to be hypnotised?
No. The stronger the mind the better the ability to focus and concentrate, which makes the hypnotised state easier to achieve. The statement 'My mind is too strong to be hypnotised' is usually based on fear and the individuals who say this are often the best subjects of all! It is not difficult to resist being hypnotised and needs no specific strength of mind at all. It is getting into hypnosis that takes the mental work!
Will the therapist have control over me?
No. A client can bring themselves out of hypnosis any time that they want. The therapist can’t make you divulge secrets or do anything that you wouldn’t want to do in a conscious state.
What about the stage show hypnotist?
The hypnosis is the same, but the therapist uses it to help while the stage hypnotist is using it to entertain.
One of the most important parts of the stage show act is for the hypnotist and his helpers to identify willing participants who believe they can be hypnotised.
That’s why before anyone is called on stage there is usually audience participation to see who can raise their arm in the air and find that they can’t lower it, or a similar type of thing. Those will be the people who get selected. Or throwing a Frisbee into the audience – which may seem to select people at random, but only willing volunteers will reach out to catch it. Anyone who doesn’t want to be hypnotised will try and avoid the Frisbee, not catch it.
Remember, hypnosis requires consent and so only people who are willing to be hypnotised can be. And once on stage, it wouldn’t be unusual for a stage hypnotist to quietly remind his participants that the more intelligent a person is the better they will follow his instructions, and that they are not to worry if they are the only one that isn’t clever enough to do what he says, the audience will understand.
Would you want to be the one person out of all the volunteers that wasn’t clever enough to do what the hypnotist asked of you?