What is hypnosis?
According to the American Psychological Association, hypnosis is a cooperative interaction in which a participant responds to the suggestions of a hypnotist (minus the dramatic stage lighting and swinging pocket watch). The hypnotist is actually a “coach” who helps the person into a state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility. This trance state is then used to guide the beliefs, desires and ideas of the participant in a positive, constructive manner. Basically, hypnosis helps you to focus your mind and use it more powerfully to achieve your goals.
So, what do people typically use it for?
Hypnosis can be used to alter perceptions. Let me say that again. Hypnosis can alter perceptions. Wow. It can be applied to pain management, self-esteem, stress, sports performance, drug/alcohol problems, weight loss, phobias; you name it. The list goes on and on.
What if I can’t be hypnotized?
Well, according to ask.com approximately 90% of the population can be hypnotized. Of course, the more you view hypnosis in a positive light and are open to the experience, the better the results.
SOME COMMON MYTHS ABOUT HYPNOSIS:
1. A person can be hypnotized against their will. Nope. It doesn’t work that way. Hypnosis is based on concentration, willful concentration. So, If you’re not willing to do that, then you won’t be hypnotized.
2. Hypnosis can be used to retrieve your secrets. Nope. You won’t say anything you don’t want to say.
3. Only those with a weak mind can be hypnotized. Nope. The more creative and able to concentrate you are, the easier it is to be hypnotized.
4. The hypnotist will have control over your body while you’re under. Nope. You won’t do anything you don’t want to do, like the chicken dance, for example…unless you really like to do the chicken dance.
5. Hypnosis can give you super-strength or athletic abilities. Sadly, no. It enhances your natural abilities. You won’t be able to see in the dark, lift a car or fly around the neighborhood afterward.
6. You won’t remember anything that happened while you were hypnotized. Yes, you will.
7. You can remain permanently in hypnosis, unable to wake up. Sorry. Office Space is just a movie. It’s a bummer. I know.
8. You are asleep or unconscious during hypnosis. Nope. If you are, it ain’t hypnosis. It’s sleeping.
9. While hypnotized, you will recall everything that has ever happened to you. Doesn’t work that way. While hypnosis may enhance your memory, those late night tv reruns from the 70’s have it all wrong.
10. Hypnotists have special powers. Only in the movies, my friend.
So, now that you know what hypnosis can do for you, I bet you’re interested in setting up an appointment with our hypnotherapist, Dr. Darlene Treese. Great. Call us at 407-355-7378 in Orlando at Life Skills Resource Group. We’d love to hear from you and help you get rid of those mental road blocks that are impeding your progress. See you soon.