How do I know if I can be hypnotized?
Most people can be hypnotized. Those who believe they cannot, usually don’t have a clear understanding of what hypnosis is. What drives hypnosis to take place is the willingness of the person to allow themselves to review new ideas, beliefs and attitudes. These new concepts can help them and their situation.
What is hypnosis like?
Hypnosis is experienced differently by each client. There is no particular “feeling” to hypnosis. Hypnosis is like daydreaming with your eyes closed. If you have ever watched television and really got involved in the show that you were watching, you’ve experienced a trance state. Or when you drive from point A to point B and everything in the middle is a little fuzzy, you’ve been in a trance state.
I would like my husband (or wife, child, friend) to see you. Can you help?
No. The motivation to change must come from within the person being hypnotized. If you want someone else to change, but that person doesn’t really want to, the chances that hypnosis will work is fairly non-existent.
This is also true when a parent calls on behalf of their child. Many parents, with good intentions, call for their children whom might not want the help. Many children, unacknowledged by the parent, tell their parents they want to go in for therapy in order to please the parent.
A good portion of my practice involves helping people who are having to live with or take care of a physically or mentally ill loved one. It’s very hard on the caretaker and it’s encouraged that they keep their own mental state in check.
Where can I find research about the effectiveness of hypnotism?
If you would like to research hypnotism further, I suggest you go to the web site of the National Institutes of Health of the United States (www.nih.gov). Enter the word “hypnosis” and you will get a list of hundreds of recent research articles that have appeared in scientific journals. Clicking on a study will bring up a short abstract of the research findings.