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WHO CAN OR CANNOT BE HYPNOTISED?
Article By Louise J. Goddard, Feb 2011

Who can be hypnotised? 
 

The vast majority of people CAN be hypnotised.

And, in my opinion, the most important element is willingness. It's a case of won't rather than can't. The client needs to be willing to use hypnosis.

During the initial free phone or Skype consultation I do with prospective clients, I check for the following things:

~ whether they expect it will work.
~ whether they want it work. I've italicised 'they' because it's important that the person calling me wants it to work, instead of, for example, their partner, spouse, work colleagues want them to do it.



Can YOU be hypnotised?


Can you answer 'yes' to the following questions?

~ Can you follow simple instructions?
~ Will you follow simple instructions?
~ Do you want to be hypnotised?

Hypnotic trance

I pay close attention during the arrangement of the free 15 minute phone/skype consultation to the person's willingness and maturity to follow simple instructions. This is because I want every client to get the results they desire and more.

Who cannot be hypnotised?

~ A person unwilling to be hypnotised. If someone doesn't want to use hypnosis, then of course they won't be hypnotised. Hypnosis is a powerful tool but it does rely on your willingness to use it.

~ A person who is drunk.

~ A person who has an IQ level lower than 70

~ sometimes, someone who has no rapport with the hypnotist or hypnotherapist.

While this factor isn`t always mentioned, I`m going to add lack of rapport as a potential impediment. It is helpful to have a good or reasonable rapport with the person who is about to hypnotise you. You need to be comfortable with that person, trust that person, as they guide you into relaxation.


Who should not be hypnotised?


Hypnosis isn't intended as a replacement for psychiatric or medical care. People who are seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist or physician are advised to seek their approval for hypnosis sessions.

~ people who suffer from epilepsy are often advised not to use hypnosis. As always, if you have any concerns regarding such conditions, you should consult with a doctor.


What can’t hypnosis do?


 
~ Hypnosis will not `make` someone accept new ideas or behaviours that are in conflict with their personal values.

~ There is a common misconception that those with 'a strong will' cannot be hypnotised. Go back to the `willingness` point above. Can`t strong willed people want to make changes?

Don't strong-willed people make powerful decisions concerning their future and what they want to do/be/have?

Some people say `how are you going to make me quit smoking ? I`m very stubborn-minded.`
Again, go back to the willingness factor. I always ask them if they want to quit and if they`re willing to work with me and use hypnosis to do it.

~ Hypnosis cannot be used to control someone else's mind, or their actions.
We can only control ourselves, and our responses to situations, events or things heard/read.

"I tried hypnosis and nothing happened"

When people say that they went to a hypnotist and `nothing happened`, I ask them what they expected to happen and I invariably find that they either hadn`t understood what to expect, or hadn`t been adequately informed or ahead of the session - they`d erroneously adhered to the old myth that they needed be unconscious, and / or like a zombie in a movie.

It is helpful for prospective clients to be carefully and repeatedly informed of what hypnosis IS and is NOT, in order to achieve positive and empowering effects.
Personally, I find it beneficial to reiterate briefly what to expect before every session, even with clients who already `know the drill`.


Everybody is in a hypnotic state at some point of each day.


By this I mean, a state where we’re doing things but not needing to concentrate consciously on doing it as it's a familiar activity. I don't just mean vegging out in front of a movie - a person can even be in a state of hypnosis while running.
I run 4 or 5 miles every other day. I do the same route and at the end, I often have no recollection of having done my run!
I look at the stop watch on my cell phone and know I must have done it by looking at the time passed, but I only remember starting it.

That's because I don't need to be consciously aware of where I'm running. How many times have you driven a very familiar route but don't remember the journey? I've done that running route so many times, I can run it 'unconsciously' i.e. just allowing my unconscious to guide me - as long as the track is clear and traffic-free of course. If a vehicle has to go by me, or something causes me to alter my rhythm, my conscious mind needs to become alert again so I can move out of its or their way.

For all you runners out there, I would like to add that running is a great way to use simple self-hypnosis to come up with solutions or ideas. Just start your mind on that route to lateral thinking as you start your body on the running route by asking some questions in your internal voice (check my blog entry from Nov 6th 2010 on internal questions and how to word them for the maximum efficacy).

Published Feb 2011
This article by Louise J. Goddard is read every day by people all over the world since its original posting February 2011.

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