What is hypnotism?
Hypnotism is the professional practice of the hypnotic arts and sciences. Some people prefer to call it “hypnotherapy.”
The hypnotic state is a state of relaxed concentration that anyone can enter naturally. Hypnotists provide their clients with instruction in how to enter this natural state easier and more effectively. Then, the hypnotist functions as a guide to help the client use the mind to overcome whatever problem is at issue.
How do I know if I am hypnotizable?
Most people can be hypnotized. Those who believe they cannot usually don’t have a clear understanding of what hypnosis is. What drives hypnosis to take place is the willingness of the person to allow themselves to review new ideas, beliefs and attitudes that can help them and their situation.
What is hypnosis like?
Hypnosis is experienced differently by each client. There is no particular “feeling” of hypnosis. Hypnosis is a trance state. If you have ever watched television and really got involved in the show that you were watching, you’ve experienced a trance state. Or when you drive from point A to point B and everything in the middle is a little fuzzy, you’ve been in a trance state.
You are known for getting results quickly. How do you do that?
First, hypnotism is by definition a short-term intervention. I am able to help with a problem quickly as I don’t keep a client in a process of reviewing the past. Hypnotherapy is a process of working future to present so that the client is able to step out of their past situation and into a better reality. This gives the mind practice and allows a part of the client more resilience and courage to move forward.
I would like my husband (or wife) to stop smoking. Can you help?
No. The motivation to change must come from within the person being hypnotized. If you want someone else to change, but that person doesn’t really want to, the chances that hypnosis will work is fairly non-existent.
This is also true when a parent calls on behalf of their child. Many parents, with good intentions, call for help for their children whom might not want the help or are embarrassed to receive help. Many children, unacknowledged by the parent, tell their parents they want to go in for therapy in order to please the parent.
Where can I find research about the effectiveness of hypnotism?
If you would like to research hypnotism further, I suggest you go to the web site of the National Institutes of Health of the United States (www.nih.gov). Enter the word “hypnosis” in the search box at the top right hand side of the screen and you will get a list of hundreds of recent research articles that have appeared in scientific journals. Clicking on a study will bring up a short abstract of the research findings.