“Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention.” – American Society for Clinical Hypnosis
“a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration” – Mayo Clinic
“ a state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion.” – Wikipedia
Hypnosis is an unconscious state similar to a deep sleep that you will not remember.
Hypnosis is a heightened state of awareness in which one can “hyper focus” on a specific chosen topic. Because you are aware while in a trance you remember your experience unless you are specifically told not to remember. If you think of focus being a spotlight on an issue, hypnosis is like using a laser beam.
Only weak or gullible people can be hypnotized.
We are all suggestible ti varying degrees. People who can concentrate well and have a creative imagination often have the best results with hypnosis or make the best subjects.
The hypnotist has special powers and can control of a person’s mind.
No one can control your mind unless you let him or her. People will not do anything against their personal beliefs or values while under hypnosis. Clinical hypnotherapists are not psychics or occult practitioners- they are professionals in many areas of expertise with specific training in hypnotherapy. In reality, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You are in the driver’s seat and the hypnotherapist is your co-pilot, gently guiding the process.
“I can’t be hypnotized or put into a trance”.
We all experience hypnosis and trance states as part of our daily lives. A great example is when driving to a familiar destination. Often we get there yet we can’t remember making the last turn or getting off the exit because we were so focused on our thoughts. It is as if our body knows exactly what to do to get us to this familiar place. That is a hypnotic trance.
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