What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a purposefully induced state of deep relaxation that allows your mind to become highly focused and alert where you experience heightened receptivity to therapeutic suggestions.
It involves learning to use your own mind and thoughts to manage emotional distress, break old habits and behaviors, learn new skills, and enhance creativity and motivation. It is an extremely valuable skill that you can also learn to do for yourself!
A skilled hypnotist can guide you into this state to facilitate positive change in your life after clarifying your goal(s).
After being guided into a hypnotic state, your susceptibility to suggestion is heightened and your subconscious mind will only use those that are appropriate and beneficial.
Hypnosis is NOT mind control. It cannot make you do anything you don't want to do. Your subconscious mind's job is to keep you safe and if any suggestions are given that don't correlate with your own personal ethics, morals, or values, they will not be accepted by the subconscious mind.
Hypnosis is not a "truth serum". You have full control over what you may state under hypnosis, in fact you could even lie if you so desired, but that would be unlikely if you are truly looking for positive change.
You cannot get "stuck" in hypnosis. Hypnosis is a natural state that we all go in and out of throughout our day. It occurs when you are highly focused on something to the exclusion of other things. It can occur while you are driving, engrossed in a movie or film, absorbed in a creative project or concentrating on a task.
For a more in depth discussion about what Hypnosis is and is not, as well as information on how the subconscious mind works, review the document entitled "What is Hypnosis? What Can it Do for You?" on the Resources page on this site.