Hypnosis Questions and Real Answers!
1. What is Hypnosis? / What Does Hypnosis Feel Like? And a few more general questions about the Hypnosis experience.
2. Does Hypnosis work? / Do Hypnosis CDs / Audios Work?
3. Is Hypnosis Safe? / What are the Dangers of Hypnosis?
4. During Hypnosis, will I be Controlled, tell Secrets, Quack like a Duck, or get Stuck?
5. Can Anyone be Hypnotized? / Who Can't be Hypnotized?
6. What if the Hypnosis doesn't work for me? What if I'm too intelligent or am too "strong willed" to be Hypnotized?
7. What are some Common and Less Obvious Reasons for Hypnosis
8. How is William C. Smith and his Hypnosis / NLP Practice Different from other Hypnotists?
9. How do I Make an Appointment, Payments, etc.? / Do you take insurance?
10. What about Credentials and Hypnotists or Hypnotherapists who call themselves "Doctor"? / Can a Hypnotist Really Guarantee Their Work?
11. Is Stage Hypnosis Real?
12. What does Religion Say About Hypnosis
1 Q What is Hypnosis?
A Have you ever yawned when you saw someone else yawn? Or have you ever yawned and someone else yawned when they saw your yawn? Then you’ve experienced both sides of Hypnosis. In the first case, you were hypnotized, and in the second, you hypnotized someone else. This is the simplest example of Hypnosis you could think of.
It's simply responding to a SUGGESTION!
Another answer would be:
A Simply a relaxed state of Mind in which you are receptive to suggestions. A more complicated explanation is: When the critical factor of your Conscious Mind is bypassed allowing the SubConscious Mind to accept suggestions, usually when you’re in a relaxed state. Some people describe Hypnosis as a state of receptive alertness. I like this explanation.
Q What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?
A To answer a question with a question: What does daydreaming feel like? There’s no “one size fits all” explanation for how Hypnosis feels. You will be relaxed. You may even go to sleep (it’s OK; your SubConscious is still getting the suggestions). You may remain wide awake and alert, even have your eyes open if you want to. Your body may feel heavy, like it’s sinking into the chair. Or it may feel light, like you’re floating into the clouds. Some people say they’re not even aware of their bodies at all. Most people will experience “time distortion”. You may feel like a one-hour session is only ten or fifteen minutes, or you may feel like the session lasted 3 or 4 hours.
Q What if I go to sleep during Hypnosis? Is it still effective?
A It’s OK if you go to sleep. It’s even OK if you snore. It just means you’re very relaxed. Your Conscious Mind may doze off, but your SubConscious Mind is ALWAYS alert and hearing the suggestions.
Q What if I need to scratch my nose or ear? Will that bring me OUT of Hypnosis?
A No, if you feel the need or urge to scratch your nose or ear, or to move in any way to get more comfortable while you’re experiencing Hypnosis, go ahead and do it. It will actually help you to relax and to be more comfortable than if you were fighting to resist the urge. It’s OK – you’re in control and should be comfortable.
Q Will I remember, or possibly forget, everything that happens when I’m in Hypnosis?
A You may not consciously remember everything, but your SubConscious Mind will. And you might not remember some of the suggestions right away, but many of them will come into your awareness when you realize you’ve been making some changes. An example of this may be the suggestion to drink more water. You might not remember it immediately after the session, but the next day, when you’re drinking a glass of water, you might think to yourself “That’s right, the Hypnotist did suggest I would want to drink more water! And I AM!”
Q Will I be aware of things going on around me when I’m in Hypnosis?
A Just as when you’re asleep, your SubConscious is aware of things going on around you, you’ll be aware of things during Hypnosis, but they just won’t bother you. You’ll still be able to hear normal sounds around you, if those sounds are happening near enough for you to hear – traffic, dogs barking, music, the air conditioner, other people talking, and of course, the voice of the Hypnotist. In fact, the Hypnotist will probably suggest the other sounds will help you to relax and will blend with the Hypnotist’s voice and help you to relax even more. I know because that’s one of the suggestions I give my clients.
Q Give me one good reason why I should use Hypnosis!
A How about if I give you three great reasons! Hypnosis is:
2 Q Does Hypnosis really work?
A Yes it works! It has, and will, work for many people who really want to Change. Hypnosis works when You use it and allow yourself to follow the directions of the Hypnotist. Hypnosis does not work by itself. For it to work Effectively, You need to follow the directions and suggestions of the Hypnotist. In my Hypnosis practice, I teach all my clients how to do Self-Hypnosis CORRECTLY.
Hypnosis will only work for You if You REALLY want the Suggestions and Changes to Your Life. If You don't want them, then of course Hypnosis will NOT work for You, even though it has, and will, work for many other people.
Hypnosis is like any other tool -- If You don't use the Hypnosis tools You are taught, it won't work for You. When You DO use the Hypnosis tools You are taught - it will work.
You might want to click on the link for "What My Clients Say" page to see how Hypnosis has helped many people who came to see me.
Q What about Hypnosis CDs -- Do they work? / Are they any good?
A Some Hypnotists refer to them as “Reinforcement” tools. I call them “Enhancement” tools.
I suggest using them to ENHANCE the work we’ve done together. They assist you in making progress and they’re like getting very affordable extra sessions to help you be successful making the changes you want to make. Positive repetition is always good when making changes.
A As for are they any good? It depends on the quality of the suggestions on them and how appropriate they are to what you’re using Hypnosis for.
You may get a very poor quality recording that has the RIGHT suggestions that are appropriate for you, and it will be better than a high quality expensively produced recording that has poor-quality suggestions, or suggestions that don’t apply to YOUR needs.
As part of your sessions, you will get a Hypnosis CD - no extra charge.
3 Q Is Hypnosis Safe?
A Yes, Hypnosis is safe. Your SubConscious mind will not accept a suggestion that’s not safe for you OR that you don’t want! Of course, you must use common sense.
If you’re listening to a Hypnosis recording that tells you to close your eyes, or uses relaxation techniques, then you obviously should NEVER listen to it while you’re driving a car or doing something that requires your full attention.
If you’re thinking about using Hypnosis for a medical condition, you should ALWAYS consult your Physician first. For example, you wouldn’t want to use Hypnosis for headaches if they haven’t been properly diagnosed.
What you might think is a simple headache or even a migraine headache could be your body warning you about a potential danger that only your Physician can properly diagnose. And Yes, I do work with referrals / approvals from Physicians. I have a form that must be filled out by the Physician before we begin work.
Hypnosis is recommended by such organizations as the American Cancer Society, the National Institute of Health, the Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins University, the American Medical Association, etc.
Q What are the Dangers of Hypnosis?
A There are NO Dangers of Hypnosis - NONE, absolutely Zero!
The only Danger is You'll be disappointed if You don't get results. And the only reason You wouldn't get results would be if You don't use the tools and Self-Hypnosis You are taught or you really don’t want to make the changes.
4 Q During Hypnosis, will I be Controlled, tell Secrets, get Stuck, Quack like a Duck, or "make" me do something?
A NO! You cannot be hypnotized to do something against your morals, ethics, or religious beliefs. You WILL NOT do anything you don’t want to do. You are ALWAYS in control. The Hypnotist is a professional who guides you through the Hypnosis. You’re the one doing it!
A You will not tell any secrets while in Hypnosis. As I stated earlier, you CAN NOT be hypnotized to do something you don’t want to do.
A Every Hypnotist has a large room filled with people who have gotten stuck in Hypnosis, some as many as ten years! Just kidding! NO! You CAN NOT get stuck in Hypnosis. If for some reason the Hypnotist left the room, or tiptoed out to go to a movie, you would very soon come out of Hypnosis naturally because your SubConscious mind would get bored from waiting for the next suggestion.
When your SubConscious realized, “Hey, it’s been a long time since I heard the Hypnotist say something”, you would just simply go back to your natural state of awareness.
But -- Hypnosis CAN be used to help you get "UNSTUCK" from problems in life. If you feel like you're "Stuck" in some way in your life and need some help, let's talk!
A A Hypnotist CANNOT make you do anything you don’t want to do. You will NOT do anything against your morals, your ethics, or your religious beliefs during Hypnosis that you wouldn't do in a regular state of awareness.
A NO, a Hypnotist CANNOT:
Hypnotists DO NOT have a MAGIC WAND.
A Hypnotist can ASSIST you.
A Hypnotist can help the process be easier for you.
But a Hypnotist CANNOT MAKE you do anything.
Hypnosis is very effective when you WANT to make a change and you are motivated.
If you really don't want to make a change, why would you go to a Hypnotist and ask for help in making the change?
5 Q Can anyone be Hypnotized? / Who Can't be Hypnotized?
A Anyone of average or above average intelligence can be hypnotized if they WANT to be hypnotized, and if their mind is not impaired by alcohol, drugs, or disease (at the time of the Hypnosis). If you’re able to read and understand this sentence, you can be hypnotized – if you want to.
Q Can I be Hypnotized?
A You've been Hypnotized before if You have ever:
Well, if You’ve ever experienced any of those things, or something similar, then YES, You CAN be Hypnotized, but only if You want to.
No one can Hypnotize You to do something You don’t want to do.
When clients half kidding ask me if I’m going to make them talk like Mickey Mouse or another character when their phone rings, my response is:
“I hadn’t planned on it, but if You want to, I charge extra for that. But wouldn’t it be better to focus on what You came in to work on?”
Q Who CAN’T be Hypnotized?
A A person of extremely – and I mean extremely low intelligence – someone who can’t understand a simple conversation. A person whose Mind is impaired – at the time – by drugs, alcohol, or disease (dementia for example). Or a person who does NOT want to be Hypnotized! But guess what – those people probably aren’t going to be paying a Hypnotist NOT to Hypnotize them! Would they? Unless they want the satisfaction of telling someone – their husband / wife, etc. – “See it didn’t work! I tried everything, but it just didn’t work.” Some people will spend money to prove another person wrong. Amazing, isn’t it?
6 Q What if the Hypnosis doesn't work for me?
A The only reason it won't work for You is if You really don't want to change, or You don't follow through with the tools I teach You to use. With the many, many clients I've worked with since 2001, I've only had a handful who didn't get the results they wanted simply because they didn't listen to the audio I gave them, or properly use the repetition of the suggestions I taught them. Once they leave my office, if they're not going to follow through and use the tools, they shouldn't be surprised if they don't succeed.
Q What if I'm too intelligent or am too "strong willed" to be Hypnotized?
A The more intelligent a person is, the easier it should be for them to be Hypnotized because they can understand and follow the directions of the Hypnotist. And as far as being "strong willed", that just means they will be very determined to follow the directions and suggestions of the Hypnotist so they can succeed! An Intelligent "Strong Willed" person can be Hypnotized much more easily than a person who is not very intelligent or has a weak will.
That’s why I’m glad when an “intelligent / strong willed” client comes in to see me!
7 Q What are some of the common uses of Hypnosis?
A For most Hypnotists, their work is about 90% in three areas – Weight Control, Stop Smoking, and Stress Management.
But there are many more uses besides these.
In my practice, these three make up less than 10% of the work I do.
Q Are there other uses pf Hypnosis that might not be so obvious?
A Besides those three most common areas, there are many other uses for Hypnosis as well.
Some of them are Hypnosis for:
Many business professionals – from fresh out of college, to sales professionals, to executives, business owners, etc. have come to me for confidence, focus, to get rid of self-sabotaging habits, etc.
Actors have come to me for help with confidence, remembering their lines, audition jitters, stage fright.
Physicians have referred clients to me for help with self-Hypnosis instruction and Guided Imagery to help in many areas of Healing and Wellness.
Click here to read more about Hypnosis Services William C. Smith offers.
8 Q How is William C. Smith and his Hypnosis / NLP Practice Different from other Hypnotists?
A I can't speak for others, but I will say that when you call for your free consultation, I'll be paying attention to you. I won't try to get you to come in for a "suggestibility" test to see if you can be Hypnotized just to try to sell you a big, expensive program. It surprises me how many hypnotists will test to see how "suggestible" you are. I would consider that an insult to my intelligence. What matters is how receptive you are - meaning, do you really want to change and are you ready to change?
Some Hypnotists do a quick 15-minute session with you and then hook you up to listen to a tape or CD, or maybe a set of eye glasses with blinking lights in them while they work with someone else. When you come into my office, I'm working with YOU. You have my attention. You'll get a real Hypnosis session.
When you come in for your first session (and every subsequent session), I will LISTEN to you and your needs. I'll be taking notes so I can give you the best suggestions to help you.
This leads to the biggest difference. I treat each client as an individual. Many Hypnotists have what I call a "Cookie Cutter" approach and they have a script with a "One Size Fits All" approach. No, I don't have scripts, nor do I read scripts. I have some similar approaches and suggestions, but they are tailored to your needs, not some generic script someone is reading from.
My goal is to treat you fairly and help you get the best results in the quickest amount of time. In other words, I treat you like I would like to be treated.
In my practice, you get more than Hypnosis!
I combine Hypnosis with NLP - NeuoLinguisticProgramming -- a fancy way of saying communication between the Conscious Mind and the SubConscious Mind made easier.
9 Q How do I make an appointment with you?
A When you’re ready to start working on those changes, or if you have any further questions, give me a call 214-754-0021 AFTER 10 AM (Central Time) or Before 10 PM or you can email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. I answer my own phone. You won’t get a receptionist. You may get my recorder. If you do, please leave a brief message with your name and telephone phone number – speak slowly – say your phone number SLOWLY and repeat it SLOWLY.
And PLEASE – DO NOT call after 10 PM or before 10 AM. My phone is ALWAYS forwarded to me. I do answer my phone during those hours, because I never know when it might be a friend or family member with a real emergency, and I’m willing to help my friends and family, even if it is 2 AM! But probably if you’ve been thinking about using Hypnosis for a while, it can wait until the morning after 10 AM. OK?
So NOW IT’S TIME for YOU to decide. Do you want to keep things the way they are? Or ARE YOU READY to FINALLY take control and make some CHANGES? What can I help you with?
Q What type of payments do you accept?
A For payment, I accept:
Checks / cash / Credit / debit cards – Visa / MasterCard / American Express / Discover
Sorry, but I do not accept chickens, dairy products, puppies or kitties, or young children.
Q Do you accept insurance?
A I do not accept insurance – IF (that’s a very big IF) your insurance covers my services, I will be glad to give you a receipt you can turn in for any reimbursements they may give you. it’s your responsibility to check with your HR department or insurance company to see if they do.
Q Do you do workshops or classes for groups?
A Yes. I offer a wide variety of fun workshops and classes to all kinds of groups --Businesses, service clubs and organizations, churches and religious groups, colleges, high schools, sports teams. If your group isn’t listed, talk to me, we can probably work something out.
Q Are you available for speaking engagements?
A Sure! The price is negotiable and in some cases, if my schedule permits and it’s for a non-profit or service club, I may even be willing to waive my normal fee. Now, of course you know I can’t do this very often, but I do when it’s the right opportunity.
Now, I have a question for YOU. Are YOU READY to give me a call or email and GET STARTED on a program that will make YOUR life better, or talk about something for a group you’re involved with? If you are, let’s talk. I’m so glad you came to visit this site and I look forward to working with you. If you have any suggestions on how to make the site better, please let me know.
10 Q What about credentials? I see some Hypnotists / Hypnotherapists who advertise they are doctors or have a Doctorate in Hypnosis or even a PhD in Hypnosis.
A Well there may be some Hypnotists / Hypnotherapists who really are doctors. But you might also want to check more closely with the credentials and diplomas of some of these "doctors". Some have purchased their degrees from "diploma mills". Some just call themselves "doctor" and don't even go to the trouble of having a fake diploma, but mislead you to think they are "doctors".
There are some Hypnotists / Hypnotherapists who are so insecure in their abilities, or have tremendous egos, that they call themselves "Doctor" and have phony diplomas on their wall. RUN FROM THOSE HYPNOTISTS.
As a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), I strongly adhere to our ethics and business practices. I was glad to see that recently there was an article in the Journal of Hypnotism that strongly disagreed with those unethical few who misrepresent themselves to the public. And I agree with the NGH and the article completely!
I prefer to be ethical about my credentials. I am a Hypnotist. I do not do therapy. I have real credentials. And by being ethical, I can sleep at night with a clear conscience.
I am not a Doctor or PhD, nor do I play one on television. But I do get referrals from Physicians, and Professionals in the Mental Health Field on a regular basis - and have even had some as clients! And you know why? Because they like the work I do for themselves and their patients!
The title "Hypnotist" or "Hypnotherapist" is subject to the laws of individual states. In Texas and some other states, the title hypnotherapist is used only for people in the medical / mental health industry. Hypnotherapy is done by a medical / mental health professional for work requiring therapy, while hypnosis is a tool used to help everyday people with solutions for common problems that people face in life.
Q Can a Hypnotist guarantee their work? Or that Hypnosis will work for me?
A Can they? Yes. A person can "guarantee" anything, but that doesn't mean anything. Should they? NO! At least not if they're ethical or understand they can't guarantee your behavior.
When clients ask me this, I think they’re really saying, “Are you magic? Can you MAKE me change?” They want the results, but they don't want to do anything themselves. Hypnosis is a joint effort between the client and the Hypnotist.
A Hypnotist cannot ethically guarantee you will get success from the work they do with you. No Hypnotist can guarantee human behavior – yours or any other client’s behavior. Just stop and think for a moment.
Will a Physician guarantee the medicine will work for you or the surgery will be successful? Will an Attorney guarantee they’ll get you out of a speeding ticket?
Your success depends on YOUR desire and commitment to make a change, your motivation to change, and your willingness to follow the suggestions and even do the home work the Hypnotist gives you.
If you think a Hypnotist can guarantee you’ll get rid of 100 pounds in 30 days, and you can still eat ice cream and cake and have thirds and fourths every meal, you just might have some unreasonable expectations.
Here’s what I do in my practice:
I guarantee I’ll do my best to help you make the changes you want to make by talking to you and finding out what the best suggestions will be to use with you to get the best results for you.
But then, I ask YOU to guarantee to me you will follow my directions and accept the suggestions I give you to help you with the process. I even have you sign what I call a “Commitment Contract” stating just that. Of course, it’s not a legally binding contract, but it does alert your SubConscious Mind that you ARE serious about this and you really do want to make the change. It’s just a tool I use to help you better.
AND, I also commit to doing my part of providing the very best suggestions and guided imagery I can, to assist you in this program to help you - my client - use self-Hypnosis instruction to make the changes you want to make, as quickly, easily, and as comfortably, as possible.
* Results will / may vary from person to person based on your desire to change and your commitment to use the tools / suggestions you are taught.
11 Q Is STAGE Hypnosis real?
A Yes, but please realize, STAGE Hypnosis is entertainment.
A good Stage Hypnotist will select people to be on stage that are willing and wanting to entertain. The Hypnotist will help them remove or minimize any inhibitions, or nervousness that might interfere with their ability to have fun on stage. The Hypnotist will “direct” the show. Some people on stage MAY be faking it, but most will really be hypnotized and will have a great time having fun on stage.
Some of them will remember everything they did. Others will forget some, most, or even everything they did on stage.
If you do volunteer to be in a stage hypnosis show, here are my thoughts on it: “It won’t matter if you remember or not. Your friends will remind and tease you about it anyway. So why not go ahead and remember the fun you have?”
12 Q What do the religious communities say about Hypnosis?
A MOST major religions see Hypnosis the same as they would any other tool you may use to help you with self-improvement. The Catholic Church approved the use of Hypnosis in the 1950’s. The American Medical Association approved the use of Hypnosis in the 1950’s. Most mainstream religions realize Hypnosis has many positive benefits and are in no way anti-religious. Of course, there are some religions that forbid their members to use medical services and the use of blood transfusions. Some religions do not want their members to think for themselves. Clergy of whatever faith who respects their member’s right to make their own decisions, have no problem with Hypnosis. In my first Hypnosis class, there was a Baptist minister, a Catholic Nun, and a non-denominational police Chaplin. Here are a few professional associations:
Is Hypnosis contrary to religious teachings?
This question can be controversial to some people and yet to me, it is a necessary question to answer to the best of my ability since my professional goal is to help as many people as possible.
I cannot address this question in regard to every religion but I’ll share the knowledge available to me.
The Catholic Church, while thought by congregational members to oppose hypnosis even into the 21st century, has never condemned the practice of hypnosis. In fact, an argument could be made that they actually support it. A decree of the sacred Congregation of the Holy Office on July 28, 1847 stated in part that, “the use of animal magnetism (the earliest form of hypnosis) is indeed merely an act making use of physical media that are otherwise licit and hence it is not morally forbidden, provided that it does not tend toward an illicit end or toward anything depraved.”
Objections continued to be raised by some theologians stating that if not applied properly hypnosis could deprive a person of their faculty of reason. Saint Thomas Aquinas specifically rebutted this stating, “The loss of reason is not a sin in itself but only by reason of the act by which one is deprived of the use of reason is licit in itself and is done for a just cause, there is no sin; if no just cause is present, it must be considered a venial sin.”
Pope Pius XII is credited as giving the official nod to hypnosis from the Catholic Church. He stated in comments before an audience of obstetricians and gynecologists on January 8th, 1956 that he believed the judgment of the morality of hypnosis would ultimately be based on sound medical opinion.
The Jewish faith hasn’t seemed to speak out on hypnosis in support or disapproval. So it would seem that the faith as a whole has a neutral attitude towards hypnosis there have been several parallels drawn between the religion and hypnosis, these parallels even supplied by rabbis. The most significant is that the Jewish cabbalistic state of kavanah is very similar to auto-hypnosis.
The word kavanah intimates empathy, rapport, righteousness, and steadfastness. In the Talmud it implies concentration, motivation, and correct attention. It was used to create a deep state of religious enlightenment and also a reflective state of deeper understanding and experiencing of God. The rhythmic rocking of the body during prayer and chanting has also been found to be hypnagogic and the kavanah was used to produce depersonalization in the past so the prophet could see himself elsewhere.
Buddhists also seemed to have been quiet about hypnosis over the years. Their meditation techniques, like the kavanah, appear to be very closely related to auto-hypnosis, leading to insight and wisdom. Viewing the self with a greater openness of insight allows the clear discernment of one's needs leading to a deeper understanding of the self, a deeper self-realization.
Christian opinions of hypnosis vary with each individual. Those who have researched the purpose of clinical hypnosis have an educated and positive view of hypnosis.
However, some Christians have a misunderstanding of what hypnosis really is and have confused it with fortune tellers, sorcerers, mediums, or sooth-sayers. In their argument, they sometimes quote bible verses such as the following:
Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer
Deuteronomy 18:11 Or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead…
Hypnosis employs none of the techniques and has nothing to do, in any way, with the aforementioned practices.
The purpose of hypnosis is to help individuals live their lives as God meant for us to live, in a healthy body, fulfilling our purpose.
In fact, there is a Bible verse that guides the direction of every hypnosis session with my clients. The verse is:
Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
You see, I am highly trained in the profession of hypnotism. I instruct and teach other hypnotists concerning advanced skills. I continually update my own knowledge through continuing education courses. Even though I have a great deal of confidence in my own skills, I’m well aware that God, the One who created every part of you, knows best how to heal you through “the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart....”
A clear and simple answer is this, the word hypnosis, or any word meaning hypnosis, does not appear in the Bible or the Talmud. I have not had anyone present me with scripture or verse that condemns hypnosis without committing some sort of overt textual umbrage. So all misgivings I have encountered in the religious communities, including those noted, are not from God but rather from fear and lack of education.