Can I be hypnotized?

September 28, 2011 by  
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Yes. It was once thought that only certain people could be hypnotized. But from my experience, using the Kappasinian Method, just about everyone is hypnotizable. As of the date of this writing, I have hypnotized over 115 people in a row, of all different personality types.

A Certified Hypnotherapist will test your suggestibility. This is a test you cannot fail. It simply tells the hypnotherapist how you take in and process information (e.g., do you interpret information literally or do you tend to infer meaning from what is literally said?).

Once that information is known, the hypnotist will know how to take you into hypnosis.

What’s the actual process in hypnosis?

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During the face-to-face interview (while you are awake), your goals are clearly identified and you are tested for suggestibility. This test determines how you prefer to take in and process information. This is a test you cannot fail. It’s sort of like being on the blue team or the green team.

After you are taken into hypnosis, you will be gradually deepened and relaxed. You will be taken on a “guided imagery” to a pleasant place (e.g., your favorite beach). These are deepening techniques in hypnosis to relax the defense mechanisms and get you to a comfortable level.

Suggestions will then be given in hypnosis that are consistent with your stated goals. When your subconscious mind hears them structured to your way of thinking, your subconscious will likely accept them as a good idea.

You will then be brought out of hypnosis, feeling refreshed, like you’re having a really good day and everything’s “clicking” for you.

This is a structured approach in which there will be no surprises. You will be aware of what’s happening during the hypnosis session. You will likely remember everything afterward. You are free to invite a friend or record the hypnosis session, if you like.

How can I learn more about hypnosis?

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I studied at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI), the nation’s leading college of hypnotherapy. They have been teaching serious hypnotherapy courses for over 42 years. Their website has plenty of information, including a free eight (8) week introductory distance learning course that will help you understand hypnosis and decide whether you want to take the full advanced course.

If you would like to take a free online questionnaire to obtain some insight into your “mating game” personality, you can now do that in a confidential online questionnaire. On that page, scroll down and click “Start My Relationship Test”. It will produce a numerical score reflecting your predominant mating behavior.

To understand what the numerical score means for you, I recommend buying a copy of the e-book, “E&P Relationship Strategies.” It’s written by Dr. John Kappas, the founder of HMI and reflects over 40 years of research and clinical observation into why people behave certain ways in a relationship.

The e-book is available at nominal cost from the HMI website (I suggest that you do the free online questionnaire, above, to get your E&P score, then buy the e-book to gain insight into your behavior and that of your mate or potential mates). Note: I get nothing out of this personally (either directly or indirectly).

Another good website to consider is Hypnothoughts. It contains a collection of YouTube videos (under Multimedia tab) and other third party materials on hypnosis. In Hypnothoughts, there’s a really funny video of Paul McKenna (world famous hypnotist) doing a police detective scenario with a stage hypnosis subject.

Can it work with mental or emotional disorders?

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Hypnotherapy outside the medical context is limited to vocational and avocational (work and play) self-improvement. It does not involve the diagnosis and treatment of mental or emotional disorders.

If you experience mental or emotional disorders, you should consult your doctor or psychologist. If your issue originates from a medical or emotional disorder, we ask for a doctor referral (we can provide you a form for that purpose). You can then be referred to a certified hypnotherapist if the doctor or psychologist deems it appropriate.

It’s worth repeating: Hypnotherapy may augment (but not replace) conventional medical and psychological diagnosis and treatment, as the doctor or psychologist deems appropriate. The referral letter is designed to ensure there are no medical contraindications with hypnosis.

You should never stop or change your medication without a doctor’s approval. You should never drop out of a chemotherapy or medical treatment protocol in favor of hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy may assist, but should not be considered a replacement, for medical treatment.


How does stage hypnosis work?

September 28, 2011 by  
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Most of us become acquainted with hypnosis from seeing a stage hypnosis act. I took a special course to become certified in Stage Hypnosis to understand this subject. It’s quite interesting.

Stage hypnosis is for entertainment purposes, rather than to work on a serious issue. The stage hypnotist will invite the audience to participate in a suggestibility test. It is designed to identify “somnambulists” who respond to both direct (literal) and indirect (inferred) suggestions.

Finding somnambulists makes group hypnosis easier, since the hypnotist doesn’t need to structure suggestions for each individual. They respond equally well to both direct and indirect suggestions, so they are easier to work with in a group setting. The somnambulists are then invited to compete for a limited number of seats on stage. The most eager somnambulists are, by definition, those who end up on stage.

This process selects somnambulists eager to do wild and crazy things on stage. When that happens, it is because they want to participate — a consensual act.

One of my favorite stage hypnosis acts is performed by world renowned hypnotist Paul McKenn and involves a police detective scenario . It’s a really funny illustration of how hypnosis can selectively suspend reality.

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