FAQs About Hypnosis
31 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers!
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by Dianne Ruth, PhD
What is hypnosis?
The hypnotic trance state is a normal, natural, and
frequently spontaneous state of mind. According to experts, we are in this
commonplace trance state several hours every day.
For example, whenever we
become absorbed in a good book or movie, reminisce or go into memory, think
about the future, daydream, are in pain, become emotional, get absorbed in a
hobby or project and lose track of time, we are in hypnosis.
you remain fully conscious, but are able to tune out distractions.
Although some hypnotists use the word sleep as a suggestion to enter deep
relaxation, hypnosis is not sleep. Sleep is defined as a “natural periodic
suspension of consciousness during which the power of the body is
restored.” During sleep, the individual is not aware of what is happening.
Hypnosis is when you open that channel of communication with your
subconscious, unconscious or inner mind. Then you can be guided in how to
resolve internal conflicts, change old limiting decisions and beliefs that
are causing negative emotional blocks.
You can also re-pattern self-sabotaging behaviors,
and discover more powerful and positive ways to have inner peace,
happiness and joy in your life.
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What can hypnosis be used for?
Hypnosis can be used for most everything. For instance, you can use it to
change your thoughts, behaviors and even your body... plus deal with...
● weight management
● emotional pain
● smoking cessation
● releasing negative
● working with the body’s
immune and healing systems
● bulking up your muscle mass
● growing taller
● breast enlargement
● and a whole lot more....
Hypnotherapy techniques can also help change...
● irrational fears
● psychosexual issues
● lack of confidence
● personality disturbances
● sleeping difficulties
● inferiority complex
and most other problems and issues where there is a
psychological factor at work.
Personal development can be accomplished with the help of hypnosis or
hypnotherapy in areas such as...
● increasing energy
● creating balance
● better grounding and centering
● heightening intimacy
● memory improvement
● positive thinking
● public speaking
● developing your psychic power
● performance sports and other activities
● increased prosperity
● becoming better organized
● creative problem
● plus much more.,,,
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How effective is self-hypnosis?
I love teaching my clients how to do self-hypnosis. It is simple, easy to
do, and can be very effective for personal reinforcement. The problems that
propel a client to do work with me, however, generally require professional
expertise to achieve satisfactory results.
For simpler projects, self-hypnosis can bypass the need for struggling with
There are many books that present the basics of self-hypnosis.
There are also audio recordings that can guide you through creative
visualization, progressive relaxation and other easy methods for creating a
relaxed and comfortable state of self-hypnosis.
This can bring on feelings
of total and utter tranquility that is highly enjoyable. I often create
personalized audio files or CDs just for my clients to listen to at home.
One simple way to do self-hypnosis is when you are about to fall asleep.
This is called the hypnogogic state.
This is the time when you are on the
verge of slipping into your regular nightly sleep. During this window of
opportunity, you can give yourself some posthypnotic suggestions.
Perhaps you decide to “sleep” on a decision, “knowing” that when you wake
up, you will have a clear idea of exactly what you want to do.
This is a
great problem solving technique, giving yourself mental suggestions of
arriving at a solution the following day.
This is a powerful time to recite one or more personal
improving yourself and your life.
It can be used for a multitude of tasks
such as sorting through a “to do” list, positive thinking, changing a habit,
and so on.
By instructing your inner mind to “work” on a problem or issue while you
sleep, and to give you the results the following day, you can rest easy
throughout the night.
Another idea may be familiar to you, that of programming your inner mind to
wake you at a predetermined time in the morning. Amazing how well this
When you first begin waking up, you are in a partially conscious state. This
is called the hypnopompic state. Once again you are in natural hypnosis.
This is also a great time to give yourself posthypnotic suggestions for
creativity, energy, and better concentration–or anything else you wish to
experience throughout the day, and beyond!
Different methods may be used to bring on an induction including progressive
relaxation, creative visualization or methods such as fixation on a visual
object, a swinging pendulum, or a spot on the wall. The process is quick,
effective, and successful.
Hypnotherapists talk in the “language” of the subconscious or inner mind, to
make sure the conscious mind doesn’t interfere with the process with
skepticism or logic, which could otherwise compromise the desired