What is Hypnosis?

A hypnotist has the capabilities to help alleviate or transform a multitude of symptoms and problems.
Q. What is hypnosis?
A. Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and/or a level of concentration that the average individual reaches daily. Self-hypnosis is most often accomplished when one is "absorbed" in a TV program; experiencing repetition, such as highway driving; or daydreaming. "Hypnosis" is guided relaxation and/or concentration where the ideas expressed by a hypnotist, called suggestions, are generally remembered more readily, in turn creating a new awareness. Depending on the client's motivations, there may be a shift in attitude about specific subject matters, such as habits and stresses. The only requirement for getting  results from hypnosis is that the person has a desire to experience change, or in other words, is in agreement with the suggestions.

Q. Do people do things under hypnosis that are against their morals or values?
No. Hypnosis cannot detach the ego. As a general rule, if a person is given a suggestion he does not agree with, he will simply refuse, laugh at it, or awaken and regain normal awareness. In stage hypnosis, the volunteers are usually under the influence of alcohol and have come to the show for the purpose of relaxing, acting silly and having a good time; therefore, they are easily encouraged to do so. Because inhibitions are often reduced under hypnosis, the subject is more likely to experience inner character traits and motivations. However, nobody reveals secrets unless he wishes to do so; and nobody acts silly, unless he wants to. The determination of actions and behaviors is based on inclination — what one is inclined to do normally.

Q. Can a person's memory be erased?
A. No. If a person undergoing hypnosis wants to remember, she will. In some cases, amnesia can be produced through a post-hypnotic suggestion only when the hypnotized person desires to forget what happened under hypnosis because she had a bad memory. However, a Certified Hypnotist often assists a person in transforming a memory that may be causing problems by reperceiving the memory, rather than forgetting it.

Q. Can everyone be hypnotized?
A. Yes, as long as the person is willing and has the ability to concentrate and relax. There is a positive correlation between the ability to concentrate and the depth of hypnosis. The higher the IQ, the more easily a person may be hypnotized.
Q. Do people under hypnosis go to sleep or become unconscious?
A. No. A person should not expect to go to sleep. Hypnosis is a hyper-state of awareness that feels very relaxing. The person is completely aware of everything that is occur-ring in the surrounding environment, as well as that which is happening in the inner mind. Most researchers in the field of hypnosis feel that hypnosis is a state of consciousness somewhere between being awake and being asleep. Because hypnosis is so relaxing, some clients of hypnosis may go past hypnosis and fall asleep, then need to be awakened.

Q. What can be treated with hypnosis?
A. A qualified Board Certified Hypnotist has the capabilities to help alleviate or transform a multitude of symptoms and problems. Many hypnotists carry credentials in other professional fields and therefore utilize hypnosis within the context of their specialty areas.

Q. What is a "Certified Hypnotist"?
A. A "Certified Hypnotist" has received formal training in hypnosis. A "Board Certified Hypnotist" has passed additional tests and undergone many extra hours of training in advanced hypnotic states. Capabilities include being able to produce a state of relaxation and give suggestions for changing habits, fears, stress, and more. Some hypnotists have obtained education in more advanced methodologies such as pain management and regression. . Some Certified Hypnotists have earned a Doctorate in Clinical Hypnosis and therefore offer a wide array of  programs. The most capable hypnotists are registered with a national association, such as the National Guild of  Hypnotists, that requires annual continuing education units (CEUs) from its membership.

Requesting qualifying information from a potential Hypnotist, such as educational background, specialization, how long they have been in the field, are they in fulltime private practice and the content of their  programs, increases the better possibility of finding a hypnoist who matches a client's needs appropriately.

 Robert Michael Merlin
BA, BCH, CI, CNLP, LBLt, PLRt, SEP, CMH, MHt. National Guild of Hypnotists, National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotists, International Hypnosis Federation. He has received the prestigious Board Certified Master Hypnotist,  Board Certified Consulting Hypnotist, Board Certified Complementary Medical Hypnotist and Board Certified Hypnosis Instructor designations.

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