Will hypnosis work for you? Is it permanent? Will you reveal your secrets? Find all the answers here.
[Q 1] Does hypnosis work?
YES. Because hypnosis is really a framework for direct communication with the subconscious mind. And the root of all problems is a conflict between your conscious wants and your subconscious “programming” i.e. your subconscious beliefs, values and learnings. What a hypnotist really does is put back in agreement your conscious wishes with your subconscious mind.
[Q 2] Will hypnosis work for ME?
YES. In the same sense as your body can be healed by doctors. We all have the same anatomy. We all have the same basic mental “anatomy” as well, because our minds have the same basic structure. We have different beliefs and values, and an expert hypnotist should be able to work with these differences.
There are some rare cases when hypnosis may not lead to the desired outcomes. Please discuss your concerns with me.
Also, serious mental illnesses need to be addressed case-by-case (e.g. epilepsy, psychiatric conditions, very low IQ, etc.)
[Q 3] Will the results last? Are the results permanent?
YES. The results are long lasting if the proper solution is implemented. The proper solution to stress is not relaxation, it is resilience, etc. Please read my article “How hypnosis can help YOU”.
Permanence is a little different: YES, in many cases the results are permanent but nobody can predict where you will be 10 years from now. Your life conditions may change and an adjustment may become necessary.
And then there are those foolish enough to tempt fate: a former smoker who cannot believe that he’s now a non-smoker and tries out a cigarette, to “test”. Guess what happens. New behaviours emerge. The old smoker was dead but a new smoker is born.
NO. Your secrets are safe. Nobody can make you do things you don’t want, or go against your deeply held values and beliefs. But hypnosis is safe.
You are safe because you have a “Guardian Angel” that is always on watch, and will stop you from doing stuff that goes against your core beliefs and moral stance. In hypnosis we call it the Hidden Observer. There is always a part of your mind that is forever vigilant and protective. It has kept you safe from the moment you were born and will continue to keep you safe until the day you die.
George Estabrooks (a famous hypnotist of mid last century) claimed that it can be done. It can’t. Consider this: every 3-letter secret government agency has tried and failed (NSA,CIA, FBI, KGB, MI6, DSD, GPU… funny how many there are). Otherwise you would have heard of it, no secret lasts forever (whistle-blowers take care of that).
If you watched Derren Brown or other magician shows, that is mentalism. It is not hypnosis. They claim hypnosis in order to create misdirection and mystique. It just part of the charm of the show.
If you ever wondered about the stage hypnosis shows, then be aware that the people self-select themselves by volunteering and then the hypnotist selects again the most willing volunteers. In other words, they are there because they really want to show off.
[Q 5] Is my private information safe ?
Hypnotherapy exists to provide a safe and private heaven for people to resolve their underlying problems, with a guarantee that client communication will be held in strictest confidence.
One of the primary obligations of a hypnotherapist is to respect and protect the confidentiality of information received during sessions.
It is my second nature to NOT commit any indiscretion that may compromise your safety. In fact if I meet you in public I will pretend I do not know you, unless you initiate the communication.
[Q 6] Is hypnosis dangerous?
No more different than a scalpel in the hands of a surgeon.
In the hands of a true expert it can perform miracles.
In the hands of unscrupulous or incompetent hypnotist it can create disasters. There have been some famous cases of implementing false memories or creating a dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder), and then destroying the lives of innocent people.
See my article “How to choose a hypnotist”.
[Q 7] Will my mind become weak as a consequence of hypnosis?
NO. First, “weak mind” is gullibility, i.e. it’s about being easily tricked and manipulated.
Hypnosis is about suggestibility, the ability to take a suggestion, make it yours and activate it trough the power of your imagination. In fact, the better your imagination is, the better your results with hypnosis will be. And people with higher IQ tend to do better because of their heightened imagination.
You will not be tricked, and you will not accept a suggestion if it contradicts your core values and beliefs. See also [Q 4].
[Q 8] How does hypnosis feel?
Very similar to a really nice and deep daydream. You will be aware. And you will remember. But your conscious mind will be on a nice relaxing holiday while the hypnotist works with your subconscious to resolve the issues. Essentially, during a trance, there is nothing for you to do, nothing to think about.
If you want to have a sneak preview, an experience of how it feels, then get my Tranquillity audio track. It is absolutely free, no strings attached whatsoever.
[Q 9] Can I get stuck in hypnosis/trance?
NO. But because it feels so good, some clients try to sneak in and prolong the session. When I remind them that I charge double for the second hour, they wake up fast. All of them.
[Q 10] Can hypnosis do X?
You have to discuss X with your hypnotist. Each situation is different. Read my article “How Hypnosis Can Help YOU”. As a general rule…
What hypnosis can do (short list of examples):
- Create behavioural change, e.g. quit smoking, weight loss, insomnia, etc.
- Create new learnings and transformation, e.g. stress into resilience, resolve fears and phobias, etc.
- Provide complimentary therapy, e.g. resolve bruxism, eliminate dental anxiety, provide support, and hasten recovery pre and post surgery, etc.
- Provide mental training for sport performance, e.g. for athletes, golf players, etc.Deliver
- Deliver accelerated learnings, e.g. playing musical instruments
- For executives and decision-making people — helping you:
- To think outside the “box” — There is NO box!
- To get an external perspective and avoid groupthink — Even chess grandmasters have coaches.
- To bypass premature cognitive commitments — Find out what may have been true in the past but not any more.
- To overcome cognitive traps — “It’s not what you don’t know that kills you, it’s what you know for sure that ain’t true.” (Mark Twain)
What hypnosis cannot do:
- Any kind of physical body augmentation — it can however help you find motivation to go to the gym.
- Make you younger — but if you de-stress enough, you may look younger, people usually do.
Essentially hypnosis helps you to achieve a high-performance mind. The limits of our minds have not been discovered yet.
[Q 11] Is hypnosis a legitimate treatment for X?
There is an overwhelming body of scientific research providing evidence that hypnosis works for many problems: pain management, anxiety and depression, behavioural modifications, complementary therapy with surgical patients, IBS, etc.
[Q 12] Is hypnosis same as meditation?
NO. Recent fMRI scan studies have shown that different parts of the brain “lit up” during hypnosis compared with meditation.
[Q 13] How does hypnosis really works?
There are several ways hypnosis operates, depending on the nature of the problem.
- Behavioural change. You want to get rid of an old habit (binge eating, nail biting, etc.). The seat of behaviours is your subconscious. With the help of a hypnotist you can learn and “install” new behaviours to replace the old.
- Reframing. Fears and phobias are essentially one trial learnings with a strong emotional component. Often times this learning is hidden from the conscious recollection. A hypnotist can help you find the root cause and unbind the negative emotion from the experience you had.
- Cognitive change. Stress, anxiety, depression are ways if thinking that affects your mood, state of mind. A hypnotist can help you getting a new perspective, changing the way you actually interpret things. You may not be always able to change the world but you can always change the way you react to the world. See my article “What You Think Is What you Get”.
- Transcending thinking. The way we think is inevitably linked to our symbols and labels (words are labels) and our own system of values and beliefs. It is possible to transcend all this if only for a brief moment. But that brief moment is what brings in us the spark of genius and solutions beyond what we may have dreamed possible. This moment has many names, from the trivial “Think outside the box” to the “Beginner’s Mind” of the Zen masters (think about the Zen koans: “The shortest distance between two points is your mind. It’s not a straight line.”) See my article “What You Think Is What you Get”.
And for more please read my article “How hypnosis can help YOU” — Permanent solutions to your CORE problems.
[Q 14] How is hypnosis different from other therapies?
A client have a problem when there is a conflict between the conscious mind and the subconscious.
For example, let say you want to eat healthy fruits and veggies but your subconscious really likes that junk food. Guess who is going to win. The problem can be solved in two ways: either you give up and commit to a junk food diet … or you convince somehow your subconscious that fruit and veggies are the healthy way to go.
All therapies will attempt to solve this conflict and for the most part they have at least some success in some context (otherwise they will quickly disappear).
The difference is that hypnosis goes directly to the core problem, by design it communicates directly with the subconscious, without any kinds of convoluted ways — this is the essence of what hypnosis is all about.
And because hypnosis is going directly to the subconscious, it solves the problems faster, and in a more permanent and resilient way.
[Q 15] Do audio tracks work?
In general NO. In same cases YES. In a live session, the hypnotist is there with you and there is a feedback loop between you and the hypnotist. The process is continually corrected to fit your needs. Like driving on a winding and slipery road where the driver constantly adjust the direction.
An audio track is a “one size fits all”, one generic technique, only one way to address the problem. Like a car only able to go straight. Great on straight roads. Not so good otherwise.
An audio track may be very good with simple stuff: simple relaxation, generic suggestions for well being and healing, quit smoking maybe… My recommendation: try them. If they work, great, you may save yourself a bundle. And if they don’t then you know what to do next.
Try out my Tranquillity audio track. It is specifically designed for simple relaxation (a “straight road”). It is absolutely free, no strings attached whatsoever.
[Q 16] How much will it cost?
Because each mind is different, it is not possible to predict in advance how many sessions it will take to resolve the problem. As a rule-of-thumb, it takes between 3 to 10 sessions, depending on the complexity of the issues.