Is hypnosis right for you? Three facts before you decide
If you are undecided whether to have hypnosis, then you are not alone. Many people are tempted by news of the wonderful results but hold back. Maybe you, too, wonder if the process will work and if you will be able to ever trust someone enough to engage in it.
Firstly, you should be aware that everyone with normal brain function is hypnotisable. Hypnosis is a normal state that we regularly experience. For example, when we are deeply engrossed in a film or good book, we are in a 'trance' state. You are always in control during hypnosis and can come out of it whenever you wish.
1. Is everyone alike in their response to hypnosis?
No, there is some variation between individuals. In a recent American based study designed to find out more about hypnosis, all the participants 'went under' but some had a more immediate response. It turned out, through brain scanning techniques, that these people had more connectivity between the decision making part of the brain and the part that decides what is important to focus on. They also responded to imagery more acutely. There were no significant differences between men and women.
2. Can I find out my personal response to hypnosis?
Yes, and you won't need a brain scan! Self-knowledge is all you require. If you are the kind of person who can easily block off distraction, then you are likely to be extremely responsive to hypnotic methods.
Contrary to popular conception, you are not one of the gullible and easily fooled, just very capable of focused concentration on the task at hand. Perhaps something of compelling interest captures your attention and enables you to 'switch off' from the daily trivia, whether that be the glimpse of an enticing pair of shoes or a mathematical conundrum.
In a sense, you are capable of being fully in the moment, able to immerse yourself in whatever it is you are doing, even losing track of time.
3. I am a logical thinker. Will hypnosis work for me?
Yes. If you are more inclined to be matter of fact, and prefer to make measured judgements based on concrete evidence, then you can still use hypnosis very effectively. You will, however, probably need to be extra fastidious in choosing the hypnotherapist who is just right for you and satisfies your exacting standards.
There is no need to be afraid of being particular. Finding a hypnotherapist you can totally trust is always crucial for everyone, but will be even more critical for you.
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About Marian Barry
Marian Barry is an advanced clinical hypnotherapist practising at the Harley St Hypnotherapy Clinic London and Gt Abington, Cambridge. She has given talks at international conferences around the world specialising in personal change and confidence building. She is a best selling author of many popular works published by Cambridge University Press.