The subconscious mind receives and retains, neither accepting nor rejecting, all the messages we receive from our backgrounds, whether genetic, social, religious or experiential, plus all the conflicts (little or big) that enter our lives daily. When for whatever reason the conscious mind (which deals with everyday living, logic, reason, etc.) becomes overloaded, the unconscious prepares us for what is considered appropriate action (usually fight or flight). However, the unconscious mind does not analyze, as does the conscious mind, but accepts all messages in the literal sense.
In essence, hypnosis is a means of communication between the conscious and the unconscious mind. Many human problems, habits, stresses, anxieties, attitudes or apparent deficiencies can be traced to interpretations by the un/subconscious mind which when understood by the conscious mind, can reduce or resolve specific problems.
The unconscious is also the seat of all memory. Traumatic events can be buried or suppressed in the un/subconscious. A major benefit of hypnotherapy is its ability to uncover and bring into the light of understanding the buried information or experience which may be the cause of a troublesome disorder.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
During hypnosis, do I lose consciousness and control?
No. During hypnosis, the mind enters a relaxing and natural occurring state that happens in our daily life. The body is very relaxed while the mind is conscious and aware of what is going on. A person under hypnosis has the control to end the hypnotic state anytime he/she wishes.
Do hypnotist have special magical power?
A hypnotist or hypnotherapist does not have so-called special magical power. He/She is a normal person who has the knowledge and skills of how to help clients reach hypnotic state to allow better communication with the unconscious mind.
Can everyone be hypnotised?
Not everyone can be hypnotised. While majority of the population can be hypnotised, there are certain groups of people who have challenges to be hypnotised. They are generally:
Infants & Children under 3 or 4 years old
Psychotic persons who are withdrawn and not able to concentrate
People with IQ under 70 who find it difficult to understand instruction
Paranoid persons who are not trusting
People over 80 years old who find it difficult to concentrate
Under hypnosis, will I do anything I am ordered to do?
As you are never totally unconscious unless you fall asleep during the session, you remain in control to reject any suggestions that are unethical and inappropriate.
Are people who go in hypnosis easily weak willed?
People who go in hypnosis easily have the ability to relax while remain focused in their mind. People who are experienced in meditation, concentration exercise in general enter hypnotic state easily. This has nothing to do with whether the person is strong or weak willed.
Can hypnotherapy effects a cure in just 1 or 2 sessions?
While there are cases where 1 or 2 sessions of hypnotherapy produce great improvement or even cure, it depends on the conditions of each issue and the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in regards to the kind of issue being addressed.