All Hypnosis is Self-Hypnosis.
Produced by: Dr Declan Aherne, Clinical Psychologist
The fears, myths and mystery surrounding the use of Hypnosis are totally underserved. There is absolutely no question of being controlled or manipulated, or even induced into a deep trance state. A person in hypnosis is not "asleep" - they are often more aware of what is taking place than usual, and their senses are functioning more efficiently than normal. Nobody could possibly be made to do anything that they did not want to do, and almost anybody can enter the hypnotic state. People, who say or think, "Nobody could get me under", or "I wouldn't want anybody controlling my mind", or "I might blurt my secrets out" are really demonstrating that they have a total misconception of what hypnosis really is. The state of hypnosis is most pleasant and particularly relaxing, and a person can converse quite easily whilst within the state. It is inconceivable that any harm could befall them.
A good definition of Hypnosis is 'A state of relaxation and concentration at one with a state of heightened awareness induced by suggestion'.
Questions & Answers:
What is Hypnosis?
A state of relaxation and concentration at one with a state of heightened awareness induced by suggestion. It is a non-addictive power for good and is a natural manifestation of the mind at work.
Are there some people you cannot hypnotise?
No, although of course the degree varies from person to person.
Are drugs or tablets used?
Shall I be aware of what is happening?
Yes, the predominant feeling of most people is - "it didn't work for me - I never went under".
So I am not asleep then?
No you are simply extremely relaxed. This is why the technique is called "Conscious Hypnosis"
Is there any cause at all for concern?
None whatsoever. Hypnosis is a proven therapeutic aid.
Could I be influenced to do anything against my will or nature?
No. In fact you would be shocked out of the hypnotic state immediately any such action was suggested to you.
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