Faq - Hypnosis What is it?

Frequent hypnosis questions and legislation

Hypnosis Faq

Hypnosis fact or fiction?

Hypnosis was given its name by an English 18th century Physician Called James Braid, after he developed the methods used by “Franz Anton Mesmer” (picture of Mesmer inset).

The name was derived from the Greek Word “Hypnos” meaning to sleep. Definitions of this natural state have varied over the years.

Hypnosis is NOT a “sleep” state although a person in hypnosis may seem to be sleeping, and exhibit many similar behaviours. Deep relaxation, deep breathing, unresponsive to gentle movements.

How much or how little power does a hypnotist really have?

“A hypnotist is merely guiding the person into the natural trance state.”

Simply call it “guided meditation”, since many of us enter a meditative or “trance” state while engaged in many other activities like listening to music, watching TV, or watching natural movements like waves and sunsets.

On the other hand, if all hypnosis is really Guided self-hypnosis, then that truly makes the hypnotist an artist!

I chose “The Dreamweaver” or Weaver of Dreams the title for my show, as it captures the spirit of the show.

5 things you may experience in a hypnotic trance?

Total absorbed in specific thoughts. Similar to watching a favourite movie?

Strong response potential to suggestions or offered ideas or thoughts……Similar to watching a favourite movie?

Time distortion, faster or slower than real time…….Similar to watching a favourite movie?

 The power to emerge from that absorbed state if desired…….Similar to watching a favourite movie?

Certainly one can be tricked into believing that he/she has “given up control” in general mind games whether this being hypnotised or not.

Let’s start informing people where the real power is — within THEIR OWN MINDS!

Some common hypnosis methods

Virtually all techniques of hypnotic induction could be categorised into six main induction categories. Once understood, a competent hypnotist can use them as building blocks for creating almost limitless induction techniques.

Induction Methods:

  • Eye fixation (or “fixed gaze” methods)
    were primarily used during the 1800’s, and are the ones usually used by Hollywood Films. Such as the Fictitious Character “Svengali”.
  • Progressive relaxation (and imagery)
    methods are frequently used on self-hypnosis tapes, as well as by some who facilitate meditation.
  • Mental confusion methods are designed to confuse the conscious mind, so that it simply becomes easier to just relax and “let go” into hypnosis.
  • Mental misdirection methods employ active use of the imagination, coupled with response, to hypnotise through responding to suggestions.
  • Loss of equilibrium: most of us seem to have an inherited desire to be gently rocked, as is evidenced by the millions of rocking chairs available. How many mothers “hypnotise” their babies to sleep by rocking them at night?
  • “Rapid” induction’s used by stage hypnotists are examples of an induction type, employing a sudden emphatic command given in a “surprising” manner.

3 ways to learn hypnosis or self hypnosis?

The best way to learn hypnosis or self-hypnosis is by asking a qualified hypnotist to teach you, and to give you post-hypnotic suggestions to reinforce what you learn.

Additionally, you may find it helpful to read some of the many good books on the subject. One I like best is: “A Gateway To Better Health” By Dr Brian Roet. Also Monsters & Magical Sticks by Steven Heller

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis has been around for thousands of years.

Hypnosis refers to the actual state you will enter.

Hypnotherapy refers to the work done by the therapist to help you facilitate change and fulfil your aims and ambitions.

Quit smoking, manage weight and adjust other behaviors?

There are many ways to successfully help someone quit smoking. But the KEY is simple: THE CLIENT MUST CHOOSE TO CHANGE. If this is not so, long-term success is very unlikely.

I use a positive approach, based on the client identifying the benefits of change.

Hypnosis is used to sell the benefits to the subconscious before any suggestions are given to quit smoking or reduce.

With weight reduction, I also start with the benefits approach. Often there is more work to be done, however, as people may overeat as an response to another unresolved issue.

Chronic pain management and emotional friction?

Pain is a warning that something is wrong with the body, and it needs to be diagnosed by someone qualified to do so. Any competent hypnotherapist emphasises the importance of requiring a written referral from an examining physician before ever using hypnosis to reduce pain or other physical symptoms.

A competently trained hypnotist should know, even with a medical referral, when to simply use hypnosis for anxiety reduction, and when and how to use hypnosis to search for subconscious causes of the symptom(s). Hypnosis can make a difference even with major fears and distress!

Burn the witch !!!!!

Current research and the report from the UK Government investigations prove hypnosis of and by itself is not dangerous.

The so-called dangers from hypnosis are beliefs instilled by reckless reporters scare mongering. I have hypnotized many hundreds of clients pivately, and many more onstage, over 60,000. I have never seen any ill effects from its use.

There is no known case on record of harmful results from its therapeutic use. Hypnotism is a natural phenomena, and there are no known negative effects from its use. There is no evidence that hypnosis in itself weakens the will, damages the nervous system, or in any way adversely affects the mental and physical well-being of individuals.

Who do you trust?

If I were in your shoes.  Try it out for yourself either on a stage show, or with the help of a trained hypnotherapist. I have been hypnotised on stage many times and privately to help with smoking and weightloss. My wife has given birth to both our boys using hypnosis as the only method of pain management.

Hypnosis can be used to reduce pain.

Hypnosis can be used :

  • to quit smoking.
  • for weight reduction.
  • to overcome phobias.
  • to reduce stress or anxiety.
  • for entertainment.

UK Hypnosis today and Legislation.

As with ANY profession, provided it is carried out within the existing guidelines, as with any profession. I will say that to the best of my knowledge, of stage hypnosis, and the profession, not one issue relating to Stage hypnosis has been ever been presented that would indicate it is anything other than good safe entertainment,

The media have made a number of Headlines aimed at stage hypnosis over the years, based on what people fear. Especially in the early 90’s , so who are the bad hypnotists, the reporters?

Intense research by a panel of expert psychologists set up by the Government, concluded with the expert panel’s report being announced in Parliament on 7 November 1995.

“The panel concluded that there was no evidence of serious risk to participants in stage hypnosis, and that any risk which does exist is much less significant than that involved in many other activities.”