What is Hypnosis?
I get a lot of questions about hypnosis, and there are a lot of misconceptions that I would like to clear up.
Q: What is hypnosis?
A:  A state of relaxation that the average individual reaches at least a couple of times per day.  Light hypnosis is accomplished when one is absorbed in a TV program, experiencing repetition (highway driving) or daydreaming for example.  The difference in Hypnotherapy is that it is "Guided Relaxation" where the ideas expressed (suggestions) generally are remembered more readily, which in turn creates a new awareness-an attitude shift about specific subjects (such as habits & stress).  The only requirements for getting results in using the power of the subconscious mind is that the person consciously wants to change.
Q: Can you be hypnotized against your will, or made to do things you wouldn't want to do? 
A:  No.  All hypnosis is Self-hypnosis, one must be willing to relax and/or do what the suggestions are.
Q: Can everyone be hypnotized:
A:  Yes.  As long as they have the ability to concentrate as most people do.  The stronger the concentration, the deeper the relaxation.
Q:  Do people under hypnosis go to sleep or become unconscious:
A:  No.  They're usually aware and thinking unless they become so relaxed that they drift into a natural sleep.  At that point they go out of hypnosis and need to be told to wake up.
Areas that are helped by hypnotherapy:
Eating disorders
Habit cessation
Mood swings
Problem solving
Behavior Modification
Public speaking
Smoking addiction
Substance abuse
Nail biting
Self esteem
Sports attainment
Weight Loss
Depression ( mild)
Grief Management
Memory Loss
Pain Management
Stress Management
and much more!
"What the mind has created, the mind can change."
Answers courtesy of Dr. Allen Chips
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