Usually, when people talk about hypnosis, they talk about what it can do for you and how better you will feel afterward.
There’s even an article on my website about it. But it’s one thing to trance out and quite another to evoke the change you’re looking for.
So how do you know if hypnosis will give you the result you’re looking for? How do you know this process will work for you?
Hypnosis will work for you because there are different hypnotic techniques you can use. These techniques can work for anyone who wants to benefit from hypnosis.
The key here is wanting to because it is true that people react differently to hypnosis. Your experience, while having similarities to others, will also be uniquely yours.
So if you go into hypnosis with an open mind and a desire to make changes, you’ll find that hypnosis will work for you.
Hypnosis is not a one-trick pony; it can be used in many ways. You may have to try one or two different hypnosis techniques until you find what’s best for you.
12 questions to know if you can be hypnotized
Below is a list of 12 questions that a hypnotherapist might ask you during your initial visit with them.
The questions are to gauge your level of suggestibility and how easily you can slip into a trance. Take a look at each question and give yourself a mental score on each.
You don’t need to take a survey for this. All you need to do is make a mental note if one or any of these statements are true. Remember, this is not a pass/fail test.
All you’re doing is gauging yourself because you can do hypnosis, especially self-hypnosis. But what you want to know is your path of least resistance.
12 hypnosis questions
- Do you lose track of what you’re watching if the television is on?
- Do you feel that you can shut out the world when reading a good book?
- Do you become emotional when you see an emotional scene during a movie/TV show?
- How fast do you fall asleep after closing your eyes?
- Does time seem to pass faster and faster when you are talking with a friend?
- Is it contagious to yawn when you see someone else do it?
- Do you salivate when you think about sucking on or biting into a sour, juicy lemon?
- Do songs you enjoy keep coming back to your mind at the most inconvenient times?
- Can you imagine a journey from your house to the store or your job if you close your eyes?
- Would you consider yourself to be creative?
- How often do you switch to automatic mode when you drive to a familiar place like work?
- Do you tend to look in the same direction when you see a crowd observing something?
Which hypnotic bucket do you fall into?
- Little receptivity to hypnosis.
- Moderate receptibility to hypnosis
- High receptive to hypnosis.
If you have little receptivity to hypnosis
Your analytical approach to life underutilizes helpful personal mental resources (your creativity and emotions).
Once you satisfy your quest for answers, you will be able to better use these resources. You place a high value on maintaining control.
Accepting help requires courage since you are afraid of losing control of how you like to tackle problems.
Being spontaneous is avoided since it appears to be a chance to lose control. You find it difficult to let go and relax; you may have to wait until you are tired before you can relax.
Hypnotherapy can help you, but specific barriers must be overcome during your treatment. Before you can be guided through a change process, you must trust your hypnotherapist.
If you’re able to find someone you have a rapport with, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of hypnosis.
If you have moderate receptibility to hypnosis.
This could mean you are a little more analytical, yet you can also be creative on occasion. You can also be spontaneous in some settings, but you prefer to remain “in control.”
It may take some time for you to relax, but you will appreciate it after letting down your guard.
Overthinking problems and their solutions are common barriers. But after you’ve bypassed your rational approach, the answer is usually right below the surface of your mind.
You have an excellent mind for hypnosis, but you may have some reservations about the processes.
Yet when you have established a connection with a hypnotherapist, they can assist you in reaching your goals.
If anything, hypnosis will give you more power over your life. A more profound state of relaxation may not be instant, but it is more than possible.
If you have High receptive to hypnosis.
You may have a strong will, but you can be highly suggestible in the appropriate circumstance.
You also have outstanding visualization skills. When you apply the appropriate mental power to a task, you get excellent outcomes.
You can also concentrate and focus your attention with little to no motivation needed. You also enjoy being imaginative and being creative. You can unwind with minimal effort.
You have a mentality made for hypnosis and would respond quite well to Self-Hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
If you want to make a therapeutic change, hypnotherapy can help you do it in a relatively short period.
Now that you have an idea of how you will initially respond to a hypnosis session, I want to show you the simple details of the hypnotic process.
Because I think you will see why it’s more than worth your time to add this skill to your life.
The Nuts and Bolts of Hypnosis (short version)
Hypnosis comes in 4 parts, and it’s essential to know the difference between them.
The Four Stages of Hypnosis
- Induction method
- Deepening method
- Hypnotic program
- End Hypnosis
The induction method is a stage of hypnosis. It’s the person getting involved in their inner mind, and the outside world begins to fade away.
The deepening method is the second stage, where you go more into your inner mind. This is where we try to get as close as we can to the unconscious and subconscious mind.
The hypnotic program is where we install the mental change we want to take place. This could be affirmations, or a hypnosis script, or even a vivid visualization.
Lastly, we end hypnosis you come out of trance and carry on with your day.
Parts one, two, and four are the technical end of the hypnosis.
Whether you experience light and mild or intense trance is a matter of nature (we can all do it) and personality (that’s what the questions above were for)
Beyond that, it’s just a matter of finding the correct technique that suits you.
It’s hypnotic programming where people run into trouble.
Usually, the problem lies with using a method that does not agree with your personality.
Or you’re trying to go against your self-image of who you think you are.
Either of these problems can doom your efforts, but there is a solution to both situations.
First, learn Self-hypnosis.
The reason is if you know how to hypnotize yourself, you can practice going in and out of trace and become accustomed to deep hypnosis.
You will also be able to gently overcome any apprehension about seeing a hypnotherapist. Because you know what a trance is, how to do it, and even how to end it when you want.
Knowing how to do self-hypnosis can aid your work with a hypnotherapist, and you are also free to be your own therapist and coach.
This leads to the next solution.
Use hypnosis or Self-hypnosis to improve your self-image.
I can not overstress the importance of a healthy, dare I say [email protected] self-image. We’re talking more than self-confidence. We’re aiming at the source of confidence which is self-worth.
You have to be convinced that you are worth your best and you expect the best.
You must know when you decide to make a positive change in your life, your inner-self is on board and all in. And you get to that state by using hypnosis to improve your self-image.
This is “The self” working with “The inner-self”. And yes this is an actual exercise in metaphysics. The old cliche about pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps is the idea to keep in mind.
So learning self-hypnosis and using it to upgrade your self-image is the formula for success for any personality type.
And it doesn’t matter what you scored on the survey above because, unlike a competition, you don’t need to see how deep you can go.
In Self-hypnosis, your body knows just the proper depth to take you for what you need to do. You can rely on your inner self to be your guide. As I said, this is self-helping self.
Now can you see how you would absolutely benefit from learning hypnosis? It’s easy to do, and you can gain this valuable skill for free.
Hypnosis will work for you if you know how to do it yourself.
Regardless of surveys and personalities, if you learn Self-hypnosis and practice regularly it’s a sure win for you.