Trance is a normal everyday occurrence.
Examples of trance are
when you get absorbed in a film, get engrossed in a good book, come to
awareness while driving and say "I don't remember the last ten miles of
driving". Hypnosis is just a formal or informal way of inducing natural
trance. You are fully aware of what is happening during hypnosis, and
your mind is always on guard to protect you. We all go into different
states of mind depending on circumstances - your unconscious mind may
take care of the driving, letting you get on with more important things
to think about. If a situation arises that requires your conscious
attention, you immediately come out of your "driving trance" and deal
with the situation. Another example is getting engrossed in a film,
e.g. "A Miracle on 34th Street". If you get emotionally involved in
this film, your critical awareness may go into the background, and you
may find yourself believing again in Santa Claus at an emotional level.
However, if some bloke comes down the chimney at that moment, and says
"Hello, I'm Santa Claus" - do you think you would believe him? Hypnosis
is simply a formalised way of inducing natural trance states that you
experience every day.
Will I lose
control under hypnosis?
you are always fully in control. Under a clinical setting, there needs
to be trust and rapport between client and therapist. If you don't
trust your therapist, there is no way you will allow yourself to go
into trance in their company! You are aware of everything that is going
on around you wile you are in trance, and your mind is always guarding
you against any danger. Hypnosis is perfectly safe.
Stage Hypnotists control people, don't they?
hypnotists are professionals at what they do. They know how to make
things look very dramatic. They use the power of expectation, and the
strong tendency a lot of people have to go along with the crowd. If you
go to a stage hypnosis show, chances are you know what to expect. When
the stage hypnotist chooses their volunteers, there is a social
pressure to comply. Volunteers want to be a good sport. People can use
hypnosis as an excuse to lose inhibitions in a similar way that people
sometimes use alcohol as an excuse. If the hypnotist tried some
suggestion that contradicts that persons value system, the person would
reject that suggestion.
I be unconscious under hypnosis?
No, using therapy we use waking hypnosis, and you are always aware of
what is happening around you. There is no such thing as a hypnotised
feeling, everybody has their own unique experience of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is simply a very relaxed and sometimes blissful state, like an
intense daydream state. Sometimes you might forget some of what is
said, (as you do in any conversation!), but when you are prompted, you
will remember everything.
There are very deep states
of hypnosis that appear like a coma to observers, and surgery can be
performed under these deep states of hypnosis. Even in these deep
states of hypnosis, people are still aware of everything that is going
on around them, people in this state have described being in a state of
complete euphoria, where they just did not want to bother moving.
Will I blurt out all my
deep secrets under hypnosis?
You can conceal things and lie if you wish under hypnosis. However,
using analytical hypnotherapy, it is a completely confidential and safe
place for you to say whatever you need to say. Your therapist will be
completely non judgemental, and indeed under these completely safe
conditions of trust and confidentiality many people have got to the
root(s) of that hidden subconscious thing that was affecting their
life. For therapy to work, there needs to be a high level of trust and
rapport between therapist and client.
"Experience the world different" and not "Experience the world
A wise man I know was once fond of saying "They see the world
different". I wanted to name the clinic after this quote, but realised
that I had to take the modalities of hearing, sensation, taste, touch
and spatial awareness into account. Hence the word "experience" was
used instead of "see".
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