CONQUERING NEW HORIZONS
People are often worried or concerned about hypnosis or hypnotherapy. This page is dedicated to providing you with the answers to the most common questions that we are asked. Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions that you need answered.
Can Anybody Be Hypnotised?
99.9% of people can be hypnotised, or can enter into the altered state of “hypnosis”. In fact Hypnosis is a perfectly normal state that MOST people experience several times a day without realising it. Whenever your attention drifts from what you are consciously doing onto something else, whilst at the same time you continue to perform the action you are doing (say driving for example) then at this point you are experiencing “hypnosis” – a state of awareness in which you are able to carry out two functions simultaneously. Technically, if your IQ is VERY low, or you are under the influence of drink or drugs, you may not be able (at that time) to enter into hypnosis.
Will I ‘lose control’ in Hypnosis?
This is often asked because people have watched some form of Stage Hypnosis, where it can appear that the subjects on stage are under the control of the Hypnotist. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. When you are in the trance state you are MORE aware than ever before … both your conscious and unconscious mind are engaged … and you won’t do anything that you don’t want to do. Some people are naturally extrovert characters and will willingly put on a show to get the attention and adulation of an audience. That’s why a Stage Hypnotist will perhaps have ten people on stage out of an audience of hundreds: because they are deliberately looking for those people who are not just hypnotisable but are enthusiastic and desperate to participate.
It is an easy plot tool, in both TV and Movie entertainment, to give a character mysterious powers of hypnosis that can subdue others (e.g. Dracula, Obi-
The fact that we DON’T do any of these shows that we CAN’T do any of these … and that you will be perfectly safe and in full control during our sessions together.
Does Hypnosis Really Work?
Across the world, tens (perhaps hundreds) of MILLIONS of people will testify to the fact that their lives have been positively changed through the use of hypnosis. However, in all truth, what Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy in particular actually do is to give people the conditions where they can use their internal abilities to bring about a desired change i.e. hypnosis helps people to help themselves.
Hypnosis won’t make you do something that you don’t want to do. It’s not magic. Even if you were to be placed into a deep trance state i.e. under hypnosis, you still won’t make the change unless YOU really want it. You will feel great when you ‘awaken’, but your mind simply won’t have accepted the suggestions because some part of you does not want to change.
What if I can’t be Hypnotised?
Everyone experiences hypnosis on a daily basis: as we begin to wake up in the morning, as we begin to fall asleep at night, when we go ‘in the zone’ at work/ sports etc. Everybody can therefore be “hypnotised” i.e. put into the trance state. It is true that some people are more “susceptible” to the state, but this has more to do with their ability to relax, how anxious they are or how much they desire “to be in control” and are therefore “too resistant” to enter into the state.
There is a difference, though, between being placed into trance i.e. hypnotised and actually having an effective therapy treatment under hypnosis. The above question tackles this issue.
Hypnosis is a “permissive” state and CANNOT be forced upon an unwilling participant.
Is Hypnosis Safe?
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are perfectly safe and you cannot come to any harm whilst you experience it. It is not possible to hypnotised so “deeply” that you become stuck in hypnosis. What actually happens (if you are very susceptible) is that you might fall into a nice deep sleep from which you awaken perfectly naturally.
Will I remember what I said whilst in Hypnosis?
Whilst experiencing the hypnotic state, your memory is improved by a significant factor which is why it is often used to help people uncover ‘forgotten’ experiences and memories, so you will generally remember what you have said during hypnosis.
We also use state-
How long does the Hypnotic effect last?
Normally hypnosis ends instantaneously, but for some people the experience can be so “profound” that it takes a few moments for them to re-
Most hypnosis sessions with Tranceformed Perceptions last about 50 minutes, but this can vary depending on what you have consulted us for.
What if I can’t relax enough for Hypnosis?
This is a common concern, but we have never had a single client who was so nervous, or wound up, that they could not permit themselves to relax enough to enter hypnosis. Generally, within a few minutes, the experience is so pleasant that people tend just to ‘go with it’ and thus gain the benefits.
Hypnosis, of course, actually HELPS you to relax.
What if I fall asleep in Hypnosis?
Experience shows us that a few clients do become so deeply hypnotised that they fall into a deep sleep, but this does not affect the validity of the treatment because we utilise an audio system known as the “hypno-
As you have headphones on during the treatments, your subconscious mind continues to listen to what is being said even if you do not consciously listen.
Will I run around like a chicken in Hypnosis?
No. For that to happen we would have to ask you to run around like a chicken and, more importantly, you would have to agree to do it. Remember, you cannot be made to do anything that you would not normally do!
Furthermore, this would be highly unprofessional and unethical and not good for our reputation so you can be certain that this will never happen with Tranceformed Perceptions.
How many sessions of Hypnotherapy will I need?
To be honest, it’s practically impossible to say for certain how many sessions an individual will require. A relatively ‘simple’ problem to deal with, for example, minor fears or phobias or stopping smoking would likely only take one, or perhaps two, sessions. Weight Loss tends to be five or six sessions, but can be more depending on how much support the individual wants. As everybody who comes to us is unique, their own personal ‘rate of change’ through hypnotherapy will vary according to their personality, their ability to access the emotional causes of a problem and their ability to deal with these causes.
At Tranceformed Perceptions we promise that we will always discharge you from treatment at the earliest possible opportunity once we believe, and you agree, that you have resolved your particular problem.
How does Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) work?
NLP is a relatively recent form of Psychological Intervention, not dissimilar to CBT. NLP focuses more on the affect that language, and the way that we construct our view or perception of the world around us based on the meaning of language, has on our responses.
NLP centres on the idea that “neural pathways” that we might think are “fixed” in our Brains can actually be changed, perhaps even re-
By understanding and then “re-
Do you use a watch to hypnotise me?
Only if you ask really, really nicely!
This question owes a lot to the misdirection of Hollywood. It makes for more dramatic scenes if a shiny object is dangled, rather than two people simply talking! Whilst the use of a watch can assist some people focus their attention during an induction, it is generally not required.
The Tranceformed Perceptions team will normally just use our voices to guide you into an hypnotic state but, from time to time, we may use specially recorded music to help guide you ‘inside’.
How long are the Hypnosis sessions?
Generally, our hypnosis sessions last an hour. It is likely that you will be in the trance state for between 30 and 45 minutes of this period. If you wish a longer session, e.g. for relaxation, to do deep hypnoanalysis, or regression then we can tailor longer sessions to suit both parties requirements.
What is “time compression” in Hypnosis?
Time Distortion (either compression or extension) is a very common phenomenon for individuals in the trance state. As we’ve seen in answering the previous question, our sessions last for 30 to 45 minutes of “Earth Time”. The experience of an individual client varies, but most will come out of trance either feeling that it has just lasted for a few minutes, or believing that it has lasted hours.
When you go ‘inside’ time does not exist. You can live through several experiences, perhaps lasting days, while merely an hour has passed of “Earth Time”, or perhaps just live a single moment intensely. It’s always a joy to hear of a client’s experience while in trance, as each person experiences it uniquely.
What is “conversational hypnosis”?
Conversational Hypnosis, as most people understand it, is a marketing trick. Usually targeting young men, it tries to sell them DVD’s and courses that will help them to ‘covertly control’ people (i.e. young women) without them realising that they have been hypnotised. David De Angelo is one such marketer with his ‘seduction techniques’ products, but there are literally thousands of unscrupulous websites selling similar products. Caveat emptor … buyer beware!
When a person AGREES to the process, it is possible to hypnotise them without a formal ‘induction’. In fact, the world’s most renowned hypnotherapist, Milton Erickson, did use a ‘conversational technique’ for therapeutic purposes on occasion.
Do you use Subliminal Messages in the Hypnosis Sessions?
Subliminal Messages are a powerfully effective tool that can support the delivery of change during hypnosis and thereafter by listening to recorded CD’s.
Subliminal messages are words, phrases or longer sentences that have been recorded at a high frequency that is above our level for conscious recognition, but can be processed by our sub-
In some instances, especially if we are using background music during a session, there may be a subliminal track playing within the music. Subliminal tracks, in our experience, are only really of use for generic sessions, such as weight loss or stop smoking hypnosis. When we get into HypnoAnalysis or Regression work, each client’s journey is so specific to them that subliminal messaging would offer little benefit.
Then please get in touch with us, or send us an email and we’ll try to answer your question as best we can.
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All conditions that we can treat with hypnotic techniques require two critical elements for success: your desire to make the change, and your maximum effort. If you have these, nothing can stop you!
The material included herein is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your own physician, psychotherapist, or other healthcare professional, whom you should always consult about your circumstances before starting or stopping any medication or any other course of treatment, exercise regimen, or diet.
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