Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely not. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of consciousness, just like waking, sleeping and dreaming. It is a purely natural manifestation of the powers of the human mind.
No. You are awake during hypnosis. In fact, when focused inward, you have more awareness of what is going on inside of you.
The best hypnotic subjects are persons with a strong will, and with intelligence above the average. Hypnotism actually has nothing to do with the will; it depends upon the imagination, a faculty which is vastly stronger than the will. Therefore, bright, imaginative people make the best subjects.
Over 90% of people can enter the state of hypnosis deeply enough to enjoy the benefits of hypnotherapy. Unlike “stage” hypnosis, which requires a different style or level of hypnosis that is achieved by a small percentage of people, hypnotherapy doesn’t require you to do funny, amusing, or embarrassing things. In fact, hypnotherapy is used to help you stop doing the foolish things you’ve been doing – like smoking, overeating, acting out of fear, etc. Some people respond more rapidly than others, but most people – other than those who are insane, too young to understand the language, and people who are intoxicated – can easily be hypnotized.
Hypnosis is not a truth serum. People in hypnosis do not reveal any intimate secrets they would not tell while in the waking state. (One man called me because he wanted to bring his wife in. He thought she was cheating on him. If she won’t tell him in the waking state, she won’t tell him in hypnosis!)
There is not corrolation between the depth of trance and the effectiveness of results. Some people are very successful achieving their goals with the lightest of trances, and others may receive little or no benefit even from the deepest hypnosis.
There is not the slightest danger of this. Left to yourself, you will either emerge from hypnosis into the waking state within minutes, or fall into ordinary sleep and then wake normally. How soon depends on the time of day. If you are hypnotized soon after breakfast would probably wake within the hour. Hypnotized late at night, you would probably sleep through to your normal waking hour the next morning.
You cannot be hypnotized against your will. Hypnosis is not a clash of wills. It is a condition of trust and cooperation between the client and hypnotherapist.