Unlike the television or Hollywood, hypnosis is simply a state of deep relaxation. In this state the critical factor is set aside and the desired change is instantaneous.
Yes. In fact, most people experience hypnosis several times a day. Daydreaming is a form of hypnosis. Also, the state experienced directly on entering and leaving sleep is hypnosis.
Because hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, or awareness, at no time will you be asleep or unaware of what is going on. You will, however, be likely to feel more relaxed than ever before. A feeling of peace, serenity and well being generally accompany this relaxation.
Absolutely not! There is a safeguard in hypnosis. Anything suggested to you in hypnosis that is against your morals, beliefs, religion, ethics, wants or desires will simply be rejected by you. It is impossible for you to be made to do anything against your will.
Successful stage hypnosis relies on willing volunteers. Those people have a desire to join in the show and perform. Hypnosis merely helps them to lift inhibitions that they may ordinarily have against performing in public.
Hypnosis is not an unconscious state, so you will remember what is being said and done. If you have no apparent memory of what is said or done, this is likely to be because you were drifting and daydreaming in your own pleasant thoughts during that part. Generally, you will fully remember everything.
No! You will be in such complete control during the entire session that if anything is said or done that you disagree with, or that you feel is in bad taste, you can simply open your eyes and leave the room. No one can control your mind, except you.
On the contrary, while everybody can be hypnotized, those that respond better are people with strong and active minds capable of imagination and mental dexterity. Those that refuse to be hypnotized, generally are exhibiting either a lack of understanding of the subject entirely, or 'weakness' in the form of inflexibility.
Yes & no. The state of hypnosis being a relaxed 'day dream' state leaves you when either you or the therapist ends the session, but the results of your hypnotic session, because changes brought about under hypnosis, (i.e. stopping smoking, weight loss, etc.), are self-rewarding the effects will become stronger, especially if reinforcement tapes are used.
Again, no. There is not one case on record of anyone being harmed because of, or through, hypnosis. After the session, most people feel relaxed and mellow but in complete control of all of their faculties and able to perform any task or duty such as driving or working. Most people experience a very pleasant energy increase after the session.