Frequently Asked Questions

... simply because hypnosis works!

Do hypnotists have special, mystical or unusual powers?
A hypnotist is merely a human-being just like anyone else.  They do not have unusual or mystical powers.  A well-trained hypnotist understands that the person being hypnotized has chosen to allow the process to unfold, and gives the hypnotist the opportunity to guide the person through the experience. 

Can a person get “stuck” in the hypnotic state?
I agree, that sounds like a scary idea, but honestly no one has remained indefinitely in a hypnotic state. The state can be terminated at will.  It is as simple as opening your eyes. 

Can hypnotherapy cure me of my issue in just one or two sessions? 
In many instances one or two sessions of hypnosis may enable a person to break a habit.  However, the majority of cases requires a number of sessions before favorable results are obtained.  Hypnotherapy is not a panacea, meaning it cannot cure all human problems and neither can it do it instantly.

Can everyone be hypnotized?
According to most literature, roughly 90% of all people can be hypnotized.

Am I gullible or weak-minded for being able to be hypnotized?
Actually, you cannot hypnotize a feeble-minded person.  It takes imagination, focus, a willingness to cooperate and a willingness to accept suggestions.  The truth is, the more intelligent and imaginative the person, the easier it is to hypnotize them.  People who are gullible are easily deceived or duped; the more analytical and controlling a person is, the harder it is.  The best subject is a person who has a definite reason or motivation for wanting to be hypnotized.

Can a person be hypnotized against their will?
No.  They have to allow the process to take place.

Can a person be made to do anything or say anything while hypnotized?
In hypnosis, a person will not go against his or her moral principles.  They have the power to select only the suggestions that they are willing to accept, and will reject any improper suggestions.

What is the difference between hypnosis and sleep?
Sleep is an unconscious state and the person does not normally respond well to others nor are they aware of their surroundings.  Believe it or not, hypnosis creates a state of heightened awareness and the hypnotized person is normally very responsive to the hypnotist.  The person’s eyes could be open or closed; they could be sitting, laying down or standing; they could be quiet or talkative.  While hypnosis might resemble sleep at times, it is definitely not the same.

Does a person need to be deeply hypnotized to be helped?
Although there are many different levels of trance, no one needs to be in a deep state of hypnosis to benefit from it.  Beneficial results often and easily come from taking suggestions while in a light trance.

Is hypnosis dangerous?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that serves many purposes. Although it is an altered state from your typical day-to-day mind, it is very safe when guided by a professional.

Is hypnosis brainwashing?      
The American Heritage Dictionary defines Brainwashing as “Intensive, forcible indoctrination, usually political or religious, aimed at destroying a person's basic convictions and attitudes and replacing them with an alternative set of fixed beliefs.”  Brainwashing involves an altered state where some form of deprivation is present.  A hypnotist cannot make someone do something that they would not do normally do, instead, they empower their Client to access a state where they create their own positive changes.

Can hypnosis be used to make someone reveal secrets or to say/do embarrassing things?
A person is actually able to lie and/or withhold information while in hypnosis.  When hypnotized, the person will not do anything against their will.  If they so choose, they can reject any suggestion given, and will not divulge or do anything that he or she would not say or do in a regular waking state.

Is hypnosis anti-religious?
Understandably, this is a very common and very good question.  Long story short, there are no religious connotations associated with hypnosis.  For more information on this, please click the following link titled Hypnosis vs. Christianity for this information to be opened up in a printable pdf format.