What is Hypnosis?
The word “hypnosis” originates from the Greek word Hypnos, which means sleep. However, hypnosis is not sleep. Although you are in a relaxed state of mind, you are still able to think, speak, and respond. Hypnosis is a state of focused attention resulting in an increased ability to accept suggestions. It’s a naturally occurring state of mind we experience regularly while awake. Everyone has already been in hypnosis hundreds of times but are probably unaware they were experiencing it. Normal, everyday hypnosis occurs when you are driving down the road and completely lose track of time or drive right past your turn off. Or, when you are deep into a book or watching a television program and you don’t even notice someone talking to you.
Who Can Be Hypnotized?
Anyone of at least normal intelligence who can follow simple instructions can be hypnotized if they choose to do so. Hypnosis cannot be done against a person’s will and is safe and effective for adults, teenagers and children.
Is Hypnosis Safe?
Hypnosis is completely safe and you will always be in control the whole time. Hypnosis has been approved by the British Medical Association since 1955 and the American Medical Association since 1958. The American Psychological Association approved hypnosis as a science in 1960. In actuality, hypnosis has been safely and effectively used by medical, psychological, and other professionals for over 200 years.