'Looking for the Key' - Jane
Hypnosis can be metaphorically described as a magnifying glass. Whatever an individual focuses on while under hypnosis becomes vivified or lifelike. In part, the client begins to live the images because they are more vivid than the ones in the waking state.
Because of this magnifying effect, clients who imagine the future the way they truly desire it will actually create a future memory, just as powerful as the past memory experience, and begin to live out their goal in that very moment.
No. If an individual undergoing hypnosis wants to remember what happened under hypnosis, or have memories from the past, he or she will. If the client wants to forget something, amnesia can be produced with a post-hypnotic suggestion, but it wears off quickly as the subject wishes.
However, a certified hypnotherapist can help a person transform a memory which may be causing problems. The mind contains unconscious memories which generally are responsible for our decision, attitudes, feelings and behaviors.
Yes, provided an individual has normal physiological and psychological functioning and therefore the ability to concentrate and relax.
As long as a normal human being is willing, he or she may undergo hypnosis. Insusceptible people are simply not willing. There is a positive correlation between a person’s willingness to relax and concentrate and the ability to undergo hypnosis.
No. An individual should not expect to go to sleep. Hypnosis is a state of hyper-awareness that feels very relaxing. An individual is completely aware of everything that is occurring in the surrounding environment, as well as that which is happening in the inner mind. Hypnosis is a state of consciousness located somewhere between awake and sleep.
No. People under hypnosis cannot detach from the ego. As a general rule if a client were given a suggestion he or she did not agree with, he or she would simply refuse, laugh at it, or awaken from hypnosis. Beliefs and values continue to stay intact during any act that involves hypnosis.
A multitude of symptoms and problems. Most clinical psychologists use hypnosis as an adjunct to psychotherapy methods.
In contrast, a clinical hypnotherapist will use suggestive therapy and sometimes regressive hypnosis as the primary intervention to transform a problem or reach a therapeutic goal.
Chips, A. S. (2010). Clinical hypnotherapy: A transpersonal approach: An educational guidebook (2nd ed.). Transpersonal Publishing.
Allen Chips DCH, PhD