Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hypnosis
What is hypnosis?
A state of relaxation and/or a level of concentration that the average individual reaches daily. Self-hypnosis is accomplished most often when an individual is absorbed in a t.v. program, experiencing repetition (highway driving), or daydreaming. Hypnosis is a form of guided relaxation using concentration where the ideas expressed (suggestions) by the hypnotist are generally experienced more vividly, which in-turn creates a new awareness.
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 were given a suggestion that he/she does not agree with, he/she would simply refuse, laugh at it, or awaken from hypnosis.
Can a person's memory be erased?
No. If a person undergoing hypnosis wants to remember what happened under hypnosis, or have memories from the past, he/she will. An experienced hypnotist can help a person transform a memory which may be causing problems. The mind contains unconscious memories which generally are responsible for our decisions, attitudes, feelings and behaviors.
Can everyone be hypnotized?
Yes, provided the person has normal physiological and psychological functioning and therefore, the ability to concentrate and relax. As long as a normal human being is willing, he/she may undergo hypnosis. Insusceptible people are simply not willing.
Do people under hypnosis go to sleep or become unconscious?
No. A person should not expect to go to sleep during hypnosis (although this can happen sometimes and it is perfectly okay - benefit is still received from the experience).
Hypnosis is a state of hyper-awareness that feels very relaxing. The person is completely aware of everything that is occurring in the surrounding environment, as well as that which is happening in the inner mind. Hypnosis is a state of consciousness located between awake and asleep.
FAQs as provided by Dr. Allen Chips from his book, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy