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1. WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind we all experience quite often. Whether we are aware of it or
not, all of us drift in and out of trance-like states frequently. A good example is becoming
"absorbed" in a good book or movie. You are aware, perhaps even more than usual, but your
awareness is selective. That is: you are aware of the plot but perhaps not even the room you are in. You have been in a state of hypnosis. Hypnosis is not sleep. Sleep is a state of rest. Hypnosis is a state of heightened, selective awareness.

2.. WHO CAN BE HYPNOTIZED?
Almost anyone. Very young children cannot be hypnotized, nor can persons under the
influence of alcohol or similar drugs. Other than that, if people with reasonable intelligence, and
an open state of mind are candidates.

3. IS HYPNOSIS DANGEROUS?
There has never been a documented case of harm coming to anyone from the therapeutic use
of hypnosis. In the mid-1950s both the American Medical Association and British Medical
Associations approved use of hypnosis and deemed it "to not cause detrimental harm to the
general health"; but warned the practice of hypnosis should be used with caution and due care for the patient..

4. WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE HYPNOTIZED?
You will be able to hear, remember, and experience everything that is going on around you.
You will experience a very pleasant feeling of complete physical and mental relaxation. Many
liken it to that moment just before sleep, when you are happy to know you are nodding off.
Often, hypnotized persons find their mind quite active, you will probably hear every sound in
the room, and can (and will) resist the suggestions if you choose to. You will realize you are not
asleep, and will remember everything perfectly.

Strange to say, but all of these factors sometimes lead people to believe that they were not
hypnotized, at all - when in fact they were. That will happen if the person expected hypnosis to be
something weird or "other-worldly"; something like we see in the movies or television depiction
of hypnosis.

Let's think about that. Have we ever seen anything else in the movies or on
television that was completely distorted, exaggerated or just flatly untrue?
I rest my case.

5. CAN I BE HYPNOTIZED?
Probably. See the above. Of course it depends on whether you want to be hypnotized, and anticipate a pleasant experience from it. We strongly advise that you choose a Certified Hypnotist who practices a scientific, fact-based approach. It is our opinion that spiritism, mysticism may have their place, but in a theraputic circumstance, they add too many confusing issues.

Whether you benefit from hypnotherapy depends on how well you and the therapist work out
the strategy and underlying causes of whatever behavior or habit of thought you choose to
alter, and then how well you work together curing the hypnotic induction. It is easily done, but as with any other human endeavor, preparation is the absolute key.

6. HOW EXACTLY DOES HYPNOSIS WORK?
Everything you have learned is stored in your subconscious mind. Some of this learning
produces automatic behaviors such as how you navigate stairways, the way you walk or how
you drive your car; all are controlled from the little subroutines in the subconscious.

Unwanted habits such as smoking or overeating are also stored in your subconscious.

Some learned automatic behaviors such as a golf swing, riding a bicycle or playing table/card
games are things you probably want to keep or even improve through hypnosis. Others like smoking or overeating would likely be on the list of things to eliminate.
Through hypnosis the subconscious mind receives suggestions to accomplish the goal,
whether it is removing an automatic response or improving it.

While in a state of deep relaxation, and working directly with the subconscious the post hypnotic
suggestions you and the hypnotherapist agreed upon in advance are given. They support
your goals, and yours alone.

Success is achieved through your motivation for change, your commitment, and the
thoroughness of the preparation made by you and your hypnotherapist. Many goals are
reached immediately, others require more reinforcement.

Each individual is - well - an individual.

7. CAN A PERSON BE HYPNOTIZED AGAINST THEIR WILL OR MADE TO DO ANYTHING
AGAINST THEIR WILL?
No one can be hypnotized against his or her will. Hypnosis is not the "casting of a spell"..
It cannot be imposed upon you. Entering hypnosis requires the subject's consent and
commitment. The hypnotist assists the subject, only as a coach. The actual hypnosis is
achieved by you - with coaching.
On the other hand, ask me some time about the pace and rate of change you see in television
advertising. THAT will be interesting, I assure you.

8. DO PEOPLE HAVE TROUBLE COMING OUT OF HYPNOSIS?
NO - BUT - Many of my clients choose to stay in hypnosis even after being asked to come out of it. They enjoy the intensely pleasant, relaxed feeling, or perhaps have more "work to do" with their
subconscious and don't want to be interrupted.
Given the latter possibility, I just leave them alone. Eventually, they will awaken at a
personally convenient time. When practicing self-hypnosis, you have 100% control over
coming out of hypnosis. You determine the limits.
There has never been a documented case of someone being "trapped" or unable to return to
full wakefulness.

9. WHAT IS SELF-HYPNOSIS?
Self hypnosis is just what it says. You can learn to hypnotize yourself. It is a skill you can learn, and employ in a variety of situations. (Golf and Tennis come to mind)

10. WHAT EXACTLY IS THE SUB-CONSCIOUS MIND?
The conscious mind, the mind that you are aware of, is your identity. It is who you think you are
when wakeful. It is the part of your mind that performs critical functions " good, "bad", "yes";
"no" - all that. The sub-conscious mind directs your conduct through the automatic responses it
has learned from perceptions about your environment (habits, emotions, some reflexive
reactions). Very often, these are responses learned in childhood. Whether they remain appropriate or not depends on whether the child's perception was accurate, and whether or not the environment changed.

11. WHY DO SOME PEOPLE HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT HYPNOSIS?
So much of what we "know"; seeps in through myth, television, you name it. As a result of
(mostly) the entertainment industry needing to present spectacular events, hypnosis is often
completely misunderstood.

Another "doubt raising" feature is the use of hypnosis by entertainers. Las Vegas is home to several of these acts, and those guys are highly skilled. But they are not Hypnotherapists, and we are not entertainers. When you volunteer to be a subject for a hypnoentertainer, by doing so, you expect some strange things may happen - and you are (by that expectation) open to - - - whatever.

We have never heard of any hypnoentertainer doing permanent harm to anyone. But if you're at all squeemish about being teased, you might not be a good candidate for the show. Otherwise - have fun. It's nuts, but it's safe.

12. DOES HYPNOSIS WEAKEN THE WILL? ARE ONLY WEAK MINDED PEOPLE ABLE TO GO
INTO HYPNOTIC STATES?
No. Quite the opposite. Hypnosis strengthens the will. Hypnosis works with the will, not against
it. In fact, the more intelligent and strong-willed you are, the more effective hypnosis will be for
you.

13. WHAT IF I CAN'T BE HYPNOTIZED?
If you have decided to not be hypnotized, then you can't be hypnotized.
There are a very few persons who cannot be hypnotized. These are very young children,
persons under the influence of alcohol or a similar drug, and persons whose core coping skill
would be described as "contrarianism",

15. DO I NEED HYPNOTHERAPY? WILL IT WORK FOR ME?
Hypnosis will work for you.
If you recognize a need to alter harmful habits, stress, or want to improve your health and well-being or some particular skill, give us a call.