What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of mind of intense imagination and concentration. When you were a kid, you were
able to lose yourself in your imagination while you were playing. You knew what was happening for
real and yet you were able to let your thoughts carry you away.
Hypnosis can best be thought of as very powerful daydream, during which you are very open to new
ideas that you can make your own in terms of changing your behavior. In that sense, all hypnosis is
self-hypnosis. The hypnotist simply guides you as far as you are willing to go in terms of your self
improvement. In no way can you be "made" to do anything. A hypnotized person is completely aware
of what is happening but feels so relaxed and so good that he continues to allow the hypnotist to be
his guide. At any time during a hypnosis session you are able to stop.
Who can be hypnotized? Can I be hypnotized?
Since hypnosis involves being "lost in your imagination" anyone can be hypnotized, but not everyone
can be hypnotized to the same deep level, at least not without continued practice and training.
However, it appears that even being hypnotized "lightly" can be just as effective for helping you make
changes in your life.
You can begin with simple relaxation exercises and take your ability to go into hypnosis as far as you
What if I can't come out of it?
Have you ever known anyone who did not snap out of a day dream? There is no danger of being
"stuck" in hypnosis.
What if I say or do something I don't want to while hypnotized?
As mentioned above, you are always in control and can stop anytime. You would not do anything
under hypnosis that you would not want to do or saying anything you would not want to say. Just like
when you were a kid, you couldn't be made to say or do anything you did not want to while you were
day dreaming or play-pretending with your friends.
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