Hypnosis is a type of mind–body intervention used to create a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility in the treatment of a medical or psychological disorder or concern. Popularized by 17th and 18th century psychologists such as James Braid and Milton H. Erickson.
Is hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis is perfectly safe. You are always in control of the situation and you are never unconscious. Unlike drug therapies, hypnosis has no possible side effects and in most people hypnosis always works, unlike drugs which may work or may not work depending on your body’s chemistry and what the disorder is. Hypnosis can safely treat the physical and mental aspects of common problems like addictions and can help you break your physical and emotional dependence on overeating, smoking, drinking, drama, anger, or any other maladaptive behaviors that you might have.
During Hypnosis, do I still have control of myself?
Be assured that you are still fully in control of yourself when you are hypnotized. You are still conscious, but your conscious mind is extremely relaxed. No one can take control of you and make you do stupid things while you’re hypnotized unless you allow it.
Is Hypnosis a “magic cure”?
Hypnosis isn’t a magic cure that will get rid of all of your problems at once. You will still need to address your medical and psychological problems. It is a complementary modality that works well with medical and psychological interventions.
Is Hypnosis against my religious beliefs?
A handful of religious sects have, in the past, raised objections to hypnosis. Most religious groups accept the proper ethical use of hypnosis for helping people. Included are: Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Mormon, and most Protestant Christian Churches, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and others. Hypnosis is not associated with any religion. A professional and ethical hypnotist respects the faith of all clients and cannot use hypnosis inappropriately to influence a person’s religious beliefs.