What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of awareness.
Everyone experiences hypnosis everyday, perhaps while reading a book, watching a movie or even driving long distances on the highway. In fact as long as there have been people, there has been hypnosis.
The U.S. government defines hypnosis as having two parts:
(1) the bypass of the critical factor, and (2) the establishment of acceptable selective thinking.
It is listed in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles
TITLE(s): HYPNOTHERAPIST (profess. & kin.)
[Therapist] Induces hypnotic state in [the] client to increase motivation or alter behavior patterns: Consults with client to determine nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic state by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Tests subject to determine degree of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic state in client, using individualized methods and techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client's problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Essentially yes, although people may find themselves experiencing hypnosis easier than others at any particular time or situation, hypnosis is something that we experience naturally every day.
What can hypnosis be helpful for?
Hypnosis has been useful for many things including weight loss, phobias, self esteem and confidence, smoking cessation, alcohol and drug addiction, pain management, sports performance, test anxiety, and much more. If there is an issue that you think might be positively influenced by hypnosis just ask!
Can you get stuck in hypnosis?
In a word, No.
Can hypnosis make me do something I that would violate my ethics or morals?
Not at all, your conscious mind is never completely unaware, and will remain on guard for anything that may harm or offend your sense of morals or ethics.