Why doesn’t hypnosis work for me?


So you tried hypnosis and it didn’t work for you. But what failed the hypnosis or the mental program you wanted to be installed inside your mind?

As a general rule anytime you are mentally disassociating from your current place and time that is trace which is hypnosis. 

In other words, you go into hypnotic states daily. It is impossible for you not to be able to go into hypnosis. 

Trance states are a natural part of the human experience. 

  • If you have ever used your imagination. 
  • If you’ve ever daydreamed 
  • If you found yourself at home but don’t recall the drive.
  • If you ever got lost in a good show. 

These are all hypnotic trance states and we all have experienced these conditions.  So going into hypnosis is not the problem. 

The only exception to this fact is if the person is intoxicated or has had any type of brain injury affecting the attention span. In those cases, hypnosis may fail because that person would struggle to use enough focus concentration.  

The mechanics of the hypnotic process works a lot like daydreaming so if you can’t keep enough attention to daydream then you will have a hard time with hypnosis. 

But besides that two circumstances, hypnosis as a technique works for all. But that does not mean the new mental program you want is going to take.

You don’t have confidence in the hypnotherapist or the process

This has to be the main reason people fail with hypnosis even though hypnosis has been proved to be effective for over a century.

But if you’re lacking confidence in the hypnotherapist your results will suffer. This doesn’t always mean that the hypnosis practitioner is unskilled just that you two are not well matched.

For example, a couple of years ago I wanted to lose some vanity weight. I knew I could make up my own script and record myself but to be honest I didn’t feel like it.

So I did some digging and found a very experienced hypnotherapist. He even had voice samples so I knew just what to expect.

He was also kind professional and helpful with some sidebar issues that I had brought up during our sessions. But the hypnotic programs were super generic which was a major letdown.

In another article, I talk about some of the benefits of using generic hypnosis scripts but that was for hypnotic downloads.

You can’t help being nonspecific for downloaded hypnosis. But when you see a hypnotherapist in person you expect a tailored program.

So my results we below average. I ended up having to do it all over again (script included) myself.

Other issues you want to consider when picking a hypnotherapist

  1. Is the hypnotherapist experienced? How long have they been in business?
  2. Do they have an understanding of your issues and are willing to help you where you are? This is very important to a successful outcome because the hypnotherapist needs to understand where you are coming from so they can approach the issue from your point of view.
  3. Are they available for follow-up after your session to help you achieve your goals?
  4. Do they have Continuing Education Credits or are they a member of Professional Organizations that you can verify through research?

Keep in mind there is no degree in hypnotherapy nor is there any vendor-neutral hypnosis certification.

Not to say there aren’t great hypnosis schools (I graduated from one myself) or professional organizations that allow getting Continuing Educational Credits.

All I’m saying is there’s no uniform standard in hypnotherapy and your hypnotist skills are based on their willingness to stay flexible and keep learning (even in solitude)

Are you trying to hypnotize away the symptoms instead of the root issue? 

If you have an issue with low self-esteem and you’re trying to hypnotize the symptoms this will only mask your issue.

You need to address the root cause of your low self-esteem. Hypnosis can help you uncover the root cause of your symptoms. Then you can use hypnotherapy to address those issues.

Another danger is if you try to use hypnosis in ways that contradict your self-image.

You want to lose weight but your size is a part of who you think you are. This is an inner self-image and whether you agree with it or not consciously the self-image is how you see yourself.

So in that situation, it would be best to first recognize and change your former mental self-image before you try anything else.

The good news is that you can use hypnosis as an investigation tool and ask your subconscious mind to lead you to the heart of the matter.

You can even ask if hypnosis is the correct course for you? These are advanced techniques so make sure your therapist has experienced in ideomotor work.  

Most hypnotherapists do because it’s so useful in finding hidden causes for certain behavior that their clients want to change. 

Your subconscious mind will help you understand the underlying cause of your problem. In fact, it wants to help you if you let it. 

Once you and your hypnotherapist establish a relationship with your subconscious mind you can do things like asking it to fix the issue internally. 

Or if you’re dealing with a complex matter you can request for it to be worked out and resolved in a series of dreams and you don’t need to remember them either. 

The power you can unleash within your subconscious is so valuable it’s worth learning hypnosis yourself just to develop a better relationship with the inner-self.

But what if the problem isn’t the hypnotist or your self-image? 

Results from hypnosis can take longer than what’s advertised

This is not a popular fact but it’s still a fact and I have personal experience with it. That is, the results you want from a hypnosis session may take a while to develop.

Two ideas to keep in mind.

  1. It may take time for your subconscious/unconscious mind to move your life’s chessboard enough for change to occur.
  2. It may take repetition for the hypnotic suggestion to take root.

Either or both scenarios take time. Also, I am not saying rapid or instant hypnosis is not possible because it’s performed on people every day.

What I’m saying is that there is no cure-all in hypnosis.

What works for some may not work so well for others. But all hypnotic techniques are effective to one degree or another.

This means you could be working with a practitioner using methods that work for you but not as well as another possible method that the hypnotist doesn’t use.

In that situation, you are going at a slower pace (time) due to inefficiency. You may even leave the session believing it didn’t have any effect on you but it did.

This is the experience I had.

During the year before I became a hypnotherapist through the year after I was super engaged in career climbing.

My background is in IT.

And in my field, if you decide to put your mind in overachiever mode you can go from a technician to engineer in less than three years.

And your income will reflect your progress.

I was making the right leaps for my career but things just weren’t happening fast enough I thought.
So I went to see a hypnotherapist I trust and she and I did some deep communication with my inner-self.

There are two types of hypnosis techniques you can use to get into a more intense interaction with your Subconscious and or Unconscious Mind.

  • One is Ultra Deep hypnosis to contact your Subconscious mind.
  • The other is Ultra High hypnosis to contact your Unconscious Mind or Higher-self.

I was doing an Ultra-high session and once there my higher or more expanded self came through.

Now unlike what you may have heard many people are fully awake and aware when they channel their more expanded selves.

And I remember clear as day hearing myself say.

“Everything is coming along. This is just going to take some time.”

The acknowledgment from my higher self and the understanding that time was needed relaxed me and my concerns.

And the Higher self was correct I did advance and beyond what I thought possible at the time. Sometimes good things do indeed take time, but they may also need some repetition too.

Let’s say you transmute a negative behavior pattern into a positive helpful one.  

In that case, you’re trying to stop a semi-truck (your subconscious) on a dime and go in another direction. 

As you can imagine this is a process and the fuel to keep the process going is repetition. 

Day after day you keep feeding the subconscious mind the hypnotic programs you want and over time this will bear success. 

Of course for this to work your hypnotherapist will need to have recorded your session together and have an MP3 or some type of media file you can take with you. 

Or better yet you can skip the therapist and do hypnosis on yourself.

It’s easier than you think and you can do it for free. It’s how I started and it’s my firm belief backed by experience that you are your own best hypnotist. 

So if you’re having trouble getting hypnosis to work for you maybe the best solution is to take it out of the hands of strangers and do it yourself.

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