What Hypnosis Is — and What It’s Not
What is “hypnosis”? Hypnosis is a “state of attentive, responsive concentration characterized by heightened suggestibility.” In hypnosis, you narrow your normal perspective – much like narrowing the focus of a wide-angle lens. You temporarily tune out everyday concerns so that you can focus on the issue at hand.
In hypnosis, you characteristically (but not always) experience a profound state of relaxation. And in this state, you can access the subconscious (creative, emotional) mind while giving your conscious (logical, analytical) mind a rest. While your conscious mind is in a state of deep relaxation, your subconscious mind is available as a source of knowledge and wisdom. It holds all your memories, as well as your dreams, motivations, and desires. You can draw upon the wisdom hidden there to make new, informed decisions about your future behavior. You can also change old, outmoded ideas that no longer serve you.
Is hypnosis mind control? No! Will you reveal your innermost secrets during a hypnosis sesson? No! Can a hypnotist or hypnotherapist make you do something you do not want to do? Absolutely not! All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. This means that without cooperation from you, the client, nothing will happen. You are in charge, you control the session.