Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re wondering whether or not you are capable of being hypnotized, answer the following questions in your head:
- Are you of average or higher intelligence?
- Can you count from 1-10?
- Have you ever felt emotion while reading a book or watching a movie?
- Have you ever bought a product that you didn’t really need from watching a TV commercial?
- Have you ever daydreamed while driving?
- Do you want to change something in your life?
If you answered “Yes,” to any of the above questions, you can be hypnotized along with 97% of the population. In fact, you have already been hypnotized hundreds of times already, you just didn’t know it.
Below are questions we frequently receive about hypnosis and our services at Orlando Hypnosis Clinic.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxed focus. It is a natural state. In fact, each of us enters such a state – sometimes called a trance state – at least twice a day: once when we are falling asleep, and once when we are waking up. That kind of fuzzy, timeless state between dreaming and awake is a trance state. When a nine-minute snooze-button seems to give you enough time to have an-hour long dream, that’s a trance state.
There are many other times that people enter a natural state of trance. Driving, watching TV, listening to music, working on a favorite hobby or activity in the “flow” state. These are all “altered states of consciousness,” and all are various levels of trance. Trance is normal, natural and common.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the process of using hypnosis to interact with the subconscious mind in an open-reflective process to create positive change in your life. There are many techniques and many styles and many applications of hypnotherapy. They all have several things in common: (1) a strong desire to change, (2) a state of deeply relaxed focus, and (3) language and visualization in relationship to emotions.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Generally speaking, yes. But not:
- If the person doesn’t want to be
- If the person has a below average IQ
- If the person is drunk or stoned
The lightest state of hypnosis (Alpha) is achieved easily. We all enter a hypnotic state several times per day. It’s that state you are in when you are watching TV, reading a good book, or playing video games. It’s the state you are in when you are just waking up or just going to bed. You are not fully conscious, but you are not fully unconscious either. In this state you’re up to 200 times more suggestible than when you are fully awake (Beta).
When some people talk about hypnosis they state “I can’t be hypnotized” and then they will list some reason or another they believe this statement to be true IE: I’m an intellectual, I have a strong will, or something of the like. The reality is that the two areas necessary for having a good hypnosis session are:
- Intelligence, you need at least an average IQ otherwise a person wouldn’t have the focus necessary to follow into hypnosis.
- Creativity is the other component. You need at least an average amount of creativity in order to see yourself making the changes your interested in.
The best part is that the more of either of these categories a person has, the better they’ll do in hypnosis!
With regards to having a strong will that’s great! That means that the changes you make will be even more unchangeable. But the very notion of being strong means you have the capacity to use it in a manner that is best for you. That means picking it up when it’s necessary, and putting it down when that’s more beneficial.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for Hypnosis?
Odds are good that if you are reading this you are a good candidate. Contrary to popular opinion, hypnotizability has absolutely nothing to do with gullibility. In fact, people who are intelligent and creative are the best candidates for hypnosis. In order to determine how susceptible you will be to hypnosis, we will do some testing before we start.
Most people are able to experience hypnosis and generally find it to be a relaxing, healing journey. If you are able to become engrossed in watching a movie, or reading a good book, the chances are hypnosis will work for you. It is not advisable to book a session when you don’t have the time to relax and enjoy it. Most session run between ninety minutes and two hours.
Some psychiatric problems, such as Schizophrenia, or Psychosis may not lend themselves to this modality. Please discuss any issues of this nature prior to booking a session. Please remember that hypnosis is a “consent state”, which means you are working in collaboration with the hypnotist to achieve your goals. At no time are you under the control of another person.
Is hypnosis dangerous?
No, hypnosis is not dangerous. It is just a natural state of the mind utilized by the hypnotist for purposes of entertainment (as in stage) or to help the individual change certain habits or pattern of behavior. The mind has natural defenses built in which will automatically reject any suggestions it deems harmful.
What can hypnosis be used for?
Hypnosis can be utilized in many ways, though the hypnotic state not always called “hypnosis.” Hypnosis is used for entertainment purposes (stage shows) or in a clinical setting such as in hypnotherapy to make positive changes in a person’s life. It is used often in the medical and dental fields as well. It is used by psychologists and psychiatrists as an adjunct to their treatments. Self-hypnosis is an integral component in yoga, bio-feedback and meditation. Top athletes are using self- hypnosis when they focus during competition to “get into the zone.”
Here’s a basic list:
- Age Regression
- Assist Healing
- Attitude Adjustment
- Bed Wetting
- Career Success
- Change Habits
- Child Birth
- Chronic Pain
- Death or Loss
- Exam Anxiety
- Fear Loss of Control
- Fear of Animals
- Fear of Death
- Fear of Dentist
- Fear of Doctor
- Fear of Failure
- Fear of Flying
- Fear of Heights
- Fear of School
- Fear of Success
- Fear of Surgery
- Fear of Water
- Hair Twisting
- Immune System
- Improve Health
- Improve Sales
- Irrational thoughts
- Lack of Ambition
- Lack of Direction
- Lack of Enthusiasm
- Lack of Initiative
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Medication Side Effects
- Nail Biting
- Overly Critical
- Pain Management
- Panic Attacks
- Past Life Regression
- Performance Anxiety
- Premature Ejaculation
- Problem Solving
- Public Speaking
- Reach Goals
- Relationship Enhancement
- Resistance to Change
- Self-Defeating Behaviors
- Sexual Problems
- Skin Problems
- Sleep Disorders
- Social Phobia
- Stage Fright
- Study Habits/Test Taking
- Substance Abuse
- Surgical Recovery
- Thumb Sucking
- Weight Loss
- Writers Block
As you can see, hypnosis can help people through all kinds of issues. At Orlando Hypnosis Clinic, our hypnotherapist practices advanced hypnosis techniques that can give you marked improvements in as little as a single session.
Can hypnosis help me?
Yes, definitely! Hypnosis can be used to make positive changes in your life. Some examples are: stop smoking, lose weight, improve self-esteem and confidence, improve sales ability and memory retention. Hypnotherapy resolves symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fear and addiction by dealing with the core issue causing it.
Practically any bad or destructive habits or behaviors can be removed via hypnosis. It can help ease fears and phobias, improve relationships and communication – the list goes on and on.
Aren’t people who can easily be hypnotized just gullible, stupid or weak-minded?
Quite the opposite! A gullible, unintelligent or weak-minded person (example: IQ of 70) is incapable of maintaining the necessary focus and concentration necessary to go into the hypnotic state.
Is hypnosis mind control?
No, hypnosis is not mind control. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist can not make you do or say anything you ordinarily would not do, unless you wanted to. You always remain in control and are awake and alert the whole time.
How does the hypnotist put someone into hypnosis?
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, and the power comes from within the mind of the person being hypnotized. The hypnotist is merely the guide who directs and leads the person into the hypnotic state. The hypnotist induces the hypnotic trance by using certain words and phrases the subconscious mind understands, as well as using various techniques like deep breathing, imagery and tone of voice.
Will I be asleep or will I know what is going on around me?
No, you are definitely not asleep, though to an observer, your body appears to be sleeping because you are in a state of deep physical relaxation. You are completely awake and aware of your surroundings. You hear everything. Since all your sense are magnified eight times, you are actually more alert and aware while you are in hypnosis than you are in your normal waking state.
Does hypnosis put you into a trance state?
Yes, Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness; your awareness differs somewhat to your everyday sense of reality. This is often referred to as being in a trance.
It is the state of mind that people refer to as being “in the zone” and is a natural state. For some people they may remember nothing of the session, others are very aware of everything that goes on in the session. For most of us however, we fade in and out, remembering some things and not so much other things. All of these experiences are very common and the hypnosis is equally successful, but the way our mind interprets that state of mind makes the experience very subjective to the individual.
You can do hypnosis via Skype and even on the phone?
Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: if you think about it, when someone is hypnotized, they have their eyes closed, and are listening to a voice. Not all Hypnotists agree that it is a good way to have sessions. However, at Orlando Hypnosis clinic, our hypnotist has hypnotized hundreds of clients over the phone in the last several years, and is quite adept at knowing what to look for.
It has been quite beneficial and helpful for people who can’t leave their homes or are far away and can’t make it to the office.
I have seen movies in which people are hypnotized and controlled like in The Manchurian Candidate. Could that really happen?
This is very prevalent myth that is completely wrong. In hypnosis it is actually the client who is always in control, not the hypnotist. A person in the hypnotic state determines their own level of participation in the process.
Hypnosis can never be used to make you do something that you do not want to do. Under hypnosis you will not be able to do anything which goes against your personal values or beliefs. Hypnosis is not sleep. It is in fact a state of heightened awareness in which you are aware of everything that’s happening around you.
If you are asked to do something unacceptable to your values, your mind will simply reject it and you will come out of hypnosis immediately.
Hypnosis is used to strengthen positive messages and weaken or neutralize negative messages that are already in your subconscious mind. This makes it possible to effect a permanent change in you when you are ready to make the change.
In fact, part of the first session at Orlando Hypnosis Clinic determines if the client honestly WANTS the requested change. This determination is made before the client is ever put into hypnosis. For example, suppose a client says, “My wife wants me to stop smoking. Can you help?” The client’s choice of words probably means that he is not yet personally committed to stop smoking. In this case, hypnosis will not help this client to stop smoking. In other words, hypnosis can be used to create change, but …only when the client is genuinely ready for the change.
Contact an Orlando Hypnotherapist
To learn more about hypnosis and its uses, contact Orlando Hypnosis Clinic by calling (407) 369-8474.