10 Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis

 #1: Is hypnosis is a form of mind control?

Fact: Therapeutic hypnosis is not mind control.  Based on your pre-hypnotic interview, your Hypnotherapist will give you positive suggestions to accomplish your goals.  At no point during your session will you lose control of your mind.  If you hear a suggestion that you don't agree with, or don't understand, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.

#2: Can I be made to bark like a dog, or quack like a duck?

Fact: During stage shows and comedy acts people volunteer to appear on stage and they allow themselves to participate in silly suggestions.  Hypnotherapy is a serious process of self-improvement, not entertainment.

#3: Is hypnosis is some sort of Black Magic?

Fact: Hypnosis is a natural state that has been studied scientifically. A Hypnotherapist is not a Psychic with special powers.  Hypnotherapy is based on many years of clinical research by famous psychologists such as Dr. Sigmund Freud and Dr. Carl Jung, and more recently, by Dr. Milton Erikson and Dr. John Kappas.

#4: Can you get stuck in hypnosis?

Fact: Hypnosis is very safe and is in fact, a state of hyper-awareness.  At any time you choose you can instantly come out of the Hypnotic state and become fully alert.  No one can keep you in hypnosis against your will.

#5: What if I have never been in a state of Hypnosis before?

Fact: Every person naturally enters a state of hypnosis at least twice everyday; just before falling asleep at night and upon awaking every morning before getting out of bed.  Most people easily enter Environmental Hypnosis while at the movies, watching TV, driving on the highway, or while reading a good book.

#6: Is hypnosis is a Miracle Cure?

Fact: While Hypnosis is an effective method of making permanent improvements, every individual makes progress at his or her own rate.  The work you and your Hypnotherapist can accomplish is powerful and far-reaching, however it’s not some kind of magic wand that can miraculously whisk your problems away.

#7: Will hypnosis will draw out your secrets?

Fact: Hypnosis cannot force anyone to tell the truth or to confess secrets they prefer to keep private.

#8: Will I be unconscious during hypnosis and have no memory of the session?

Fact: Hypnosis is not a state of sleep. In fact, most people report having a heightened sense of awareness, concentration and focus, and can even hear more acutely during a session.

#9: Is self-hypnosis as effective as going to a trained professional?

Fact: Self-Hypnosis can be detrimental when not taught by a trained professional, a negative attitude or belief can be reinforced unintentionally.  This may cause more stress and problems in the long run.

#10: What if I can't be hypnotized?

Fact: It was thought, long ago, that only 50% of the population could be hypnotized.  Over the last 30 years, Dr. John Kappas has developed methods that allow virtually anyone to benefit from Hypnotherapy and Guided Imagery.  Dr. Kappas' methods can determine what type of suggestibility you have, and hence, how to hypnotize you.  It is your decision to use hypnosis for self-improvement, so your mind has already accepted the idea of hypnotherapy.


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