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Is Hypnosis Dangerous?

Question

A lot of people say hypnosis is dangerous.  Is that true?

Answer

Myths about hypnosis, perpetuated by Hollywood movies, urban legends, and fiction, lead people to think all kinds of untrue things about hypnosis, including that it is somehow dangerous.  In fact, hypnosis is a natural state that always occurs 30 minutes before you fall asleep.  Nothing bad can happen to you in hypnosis; you are always in control and can come out of it whenever YOU want to.  In fact, you will hear everything that is going on and will be talking with your hypnotherapist while you are hypnotized.  It feels like when you’re caught up in a movie or a book – or just about to fall asleep.

One of the oldest fears about hypnosis is that the hypnotist is controlling you and can make you do whatever they want – even commit murder.  This is completely impossible.  If anyone suggests something that goes against your values, moral belief system, or is in any way dangerous to yourself or anyone else, it is rejected immediately.  Your hypnotherapist is merely giving your subconscious the suggestions you asked for.  Even a stage hypnotist – who is an entertainer and not a hypnotherapist – doesn’t make people do things they don’t want to do.  He or she finds the people who are extroverts and love to perform.  People are also much more likely to do silly things while they’re with a group.

You don’t have to worry that you will suddenly start thinking about scary or painful things.  The number one job of the subconscious mind is to protect you, and it is always on the job.  Another fear is that you can go into the trance and not wake up.  However, since hypnosis is a normal part of the sleep cycle, your hypnotherapist can easily wake you if you do fall asleep.

The only area of concern regarding hypnotherapy is making sure you find a well-trained, capable hypnotherapist you feel comfortable working with.

How do you hypnotize someone? Part I — Eye Fascinations

How do you hypnotize someone?   Rhiannon Wade

Answer:

There are many ways to hypnotize people.  One of the best known and most used are Eye Fascinations or Eye Fixations.  The first induction I ever performed was an eye fascination and I still use them regularly as a deepening technique.  With many of my clients, it’s the fastest way to hypnotize them initially after the first session.  The basic concept is the very natural process mimicking falling asleep.

The hypnotherapist tells the client to look at something that’s above eye level and pick a small spot in it.  Then the client looks for an even smaller dot within that.  As clients stare at the spot, the hypnotherapist repeatedly talks, usually in a very gentle voice, about how their eyes are blurring as they stare and that it’s making them blink.  Next it’s mentioned that once a person starts blinking, the harder it is to stop blinking.  Soon people find it more and more difficult to keep their eyes open because the upper lids are growing heavier and, once their eyes are solidly shut, they are hypnotized.  Some protocols have the hypnotherapist snap their fingers and say “deep sleep” or “and you’re hypnotized” or they just say the words and don’t snap their fingers.  But, in the end, all the hypnotherapist has done is guide the person to the point just before sleep — which is hypnosis.

Sometimes clients are directed to look at an object in front of them, such as a painting, a vase, a spot on the door, or even the famed pocket-watch.  Sometimes the hypnotherapist will hold up a pen and have the client stare at the very, very tip of it.  Hypnotherapists who work with children sometimes have them string clear beads together with some sort of clear plastic shape at the end and use that.  The child then gets to take their string of beads home.