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Is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy the same as sleep?

No, it’s not the same, it’s an altered state of mind similar to daydreaming, or becoming so absorbed in an activity that you lose track of time. During these times you are not asleep, merely unconcerned about your surroundings at the time.

How does trance feel?

You know how you allow yourself to drift off to sleep in the evening, and how you recognise that feeling of relaxation, and bodily senses slowing down? The hypnotic trance shares the commonalities with the only difference being, that you are deliberately inducing this state, either using a hypnotherapist as a facilitator, or guiding yourself in the form of self hypnosis.

Will I loose control during hypnosis?

If you consider a few of the natural trance states, for example becoming absorbed in a book. Are you ever concerned that your eyes will become transfixed, and will crave to read the book over and over again? No! at those times your attention is absorbed within the book, sometimes to exclusion of everything else, which means that certain sensations can go over looked or even ignored. During hypnosis your attention is focused on your internal world, so you are even more aware of physical and psychological changes, hence, even more in control of yourself.

Will I give away my secrets?

As previously mentioned, you are in complete control of yourself, you will not say or do anything that will be against your will. There will be no need to divulge any more information that is necessary to alleviate your current issue.

Can anybody be hypnotized?

Nobody can be hypnotised against their will, so if you choose not to be hypnotised, then the hypnotism will not happen. However,it is said that if you allow the process to occur, that most people are hypnotisable. It is important to have good rapport and a comfortable relationship with your therapist.

Does hypnosis and hypnotherapy involve drugs?

None whatsoever. The hypnotherapist merely uses their voice to create pleasant scenes, which may mean that you will be picturing, as in daydreams, the things that are being spoken of, and that you may experience the associated pleasant feelings.

Are there any side effects from hypnotism?

The worst possible side effect is that you will fall asleep! If the hypnotherapist were to stop talking for a while, you could either allow yourself to become more relaxed and so fall asleep, or you could open your eyes. You are in total control of your hypnotic experience. On the other hand, the best possible side effect that you will notice is a complete alleviation of your present problem, and the knowledge that you were able to create your own success.

Is all hypnosis self hypnosis?

As hypnosis is a permissive state, you choose your level of trance. In this way all hypnosis is self hypnosis, and you are in control of your progress. Hence, many people notice dramatic results.

The difference between hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis

A stage hypnotist uses hypnosis to entertain the audience, where as hypnotherapy is for helping people to access their inner resources in a powerful but gentle, permanent way.

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