Is Hypnosis Safe?
I sometimes get this question, and hear follow-up questions like “Will I give away secrets in hypnosis?”
I will answer these questions and some common concerns in this article.
Before I do that, let me define hypnosis so that you have some understanding of what it is – that will allow me to answer these questions better.
What is hypnosis?
Ask 10 hypnotists for their definitions and you will get 10 different answers. But it has to do with different parts of the mind. We all have a conscious mind – the part of our mind that is aware right now. That part of you that is reading this article.
We also have a subconscious or unconscious mind – the part below our awareness. The part that allows you to breathe now without you having to think about it. The part that allows your heart to beat without you having to think about it. It is also that part of the mind that I talk to when you are in hypnosis.
When someone comes in to my office to resolve a problem, I perform hypnosis to bypass the conscious part of the mind. When a client is in a trance-like state, their mind is more open to hypnotic suggestion.
This article focuses on hypnotherapy sessions as opposed to stage hypnosis for entertainment. Therapeutic hypnosis is considered a form of treatment for issues as an adjunct for mental health care. There are literally thousands of evidentiary studies that show that hypnosis is safe and effective, with no side effects.
You should work with a hypnotherapist that is certified and in good standing with a certification body such as the National Guild of Hypnotists or the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
Hypnosis is often used for conditions including pain control, weight loss, stress and anxiety reduction, and performance improvement.
Common Questions About The Safety of Hypnosis:
So here are common questions and concerns (and answers) about hypnosis:
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
No. Nobody ever has been stuck in hypnosis. But some people enjoy it so much they take a little longer to emerge out of it. They are in such a relaxed state, often for the first time in a very long time, that they linger there a bit. But nobody ever gets stuck.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state. It can be like watching a good movie. You are in a trance-like state of focused attention – following along with the suggestions the hypnotist is giving you. You will follow the suggestion to come out of it as well.
Will I give away secrets?
No. You are awake and in control. You will hear every word that the hypnotist says because hypnosis is not sleep. You will remember about as much as you would from any normal conversation.
Many hypnotists do “all” the talking during a session, so you may not say anything at all. And a good hypnotherapist will ask permission of your unconscious mind when asking for any information in hypnosis. You only share what you feel comfortable sharing, if anything.
Will I lose Control?
Again, you are always in control. What happens instead is that when someone comes in to resolve a problem, they actually regain control. Maybe they regain control of their eating habits or change patterns of negative self-talk that they had no control over before they came in for the session.
Will you make me do something I don’t want to do?
No. Some people ask about me making them cluck like a chicken. My answer is: Not unless you want to.
Hypnosis is not something I do to you, it is something we do together. It is cooperative. We agree before I guide you into the hypnotic state.
In my sessions, I only give you suggestions in hypnosis related to the goal you came in to achieve
Millions of people have been successfully hypnotized. Many find it very relaxing. The worst thing that usually happens is that someone is so relaxed that they fall asleep.
To find out more: Book a consultation to learn how you can benefit from hypnotherapy to make positive changes in your life.