You CAN do this.
Lots of people have questions about who does and who does not make a good hypnotic subject. The posts I’ve written on the characteristics of ideal trance subjects have helped a lot of you. They do not cover the myths I’ve heard asked about most recently in Internet chat forums and on the street. If they are myths YOU wonder about, you’re in luck!
Here, in no particular order, are the myths I’ve been asked about the most on who, exactly, can be affected by the soothing words of a master hypnotist.
Myth 1. You must have an out-of-body or otherworldly experience.
Truth 1. Only if you’ve been in 100 trances.
The most basic way to tell if a session was effective for you is if you find yourself automatically responding to the suggestions you were given. That’s the only completely reliable way to know if the trance was effective. Everything else is just details.
Myth 2. Hypnosis will stop working and fail you.
Truth 2. You can fail at hypnosis.
And by fail, I don’t mean that you’re not a good subject. Even the best ones don’t always succeed at achieving lasting changes. A lot of people tell me that they can stop smoking or lose weight with hypnosis for a little while. Eventually, (often within 2 weeks), they see those habits return. These folks then sigh in anguish that hypnotherapy was one more thing they tried which didn’t work.
Um, sorry, but NOT.
Post hypnotic suggestions are neither curses nor blessings. If you’re like 99% of people, hearing a hint one time will be woefully insufficient. A person who sees changes lasting for two weeks from a hint that was not set to repeat and was only heard once is actually a very impressionable (excellent) subject. For long(er) lasting results, you either need to participate in multiple sessions OR have the ideas set on automatic repeat in your brain. For the best results, both requirements should be met.
Myth 3. You are unhypnotizable if you can’t get a hypnosis video to work.
Truth 3. You might be using it the wrong way.
The logic behind this truth hinges on how inductions work (aff link). The vast majority of people can watch any hypnosis video and get put under. Any given person will usually fall into a range between losing track of time and completely forgetting everything. Anyone who experiences anything along that scale IS hypnotizable. The average human being will have some degree of success with any given video.
Some folks truly cannot be artificially put into trances. Participants who have severe developmental delays fall into this category. As do some individuals who have severe mental illnesses. Anyone who can read and make sense of this post does not qualify for either of those groups.
What’s wrong with you if you do not fall into one of those groups but also do not get sleepy with the help of a soothing video (no matter how hard you try?)
You simply concentrated too hard on the content of the video. Lots of otherwise good subjects try too hard to be hypnotized and subsequently fail to be. Their conscious minds get so active that it is impossible for them to relax.
What can you do if this happens to you? Focus on the sounds of the letters. You’ll relax, enjoy, and benefit from your session. I promise.
Have concerns about how to be a good hypnotic subject that I failed to cover in this post? Ask me about them in a reply!
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