Who can be hypnotised?

I often meet people who say they think hypnosis wouldn’t work with them, or that they are not the sort of person who could be hypnotised. Every time I hear these sort of things, I only think one thing – they are really missing the point!

You see, hypnosis is an altered state that someone goes into themselves – nobody else can really make them, it is something people go into by choice. Let’s just break that down a little – hypnosis is an altered state -an example of an altered state is sitting on a bus or a train and your mind wondering off and suddenly you are at your stop and almost miss it because you haven’t been paying attention to what is going on. That sort of daydreamy state you sometimes go into on a journey is like a hypnotic state. In a similar way, when you go to the cinema and see a great film which lasts for a couple of hours, but it seems like it has only been a few minutes – that is another example of a trance like state.

You see, we go into trance-like states all the time! People sometimes think that the best hypnotist is someone who is able to hypnotise anyone, however in reality it is about helping the client to go into hypnosis themselves. In hypnosis nobody can make anyone do anything that goes against their values and beliefs. Going into a hypnotic state is simply a matter of the client following directions.

The great thing about hypnosis is that hypnosis is not a magic wand that can do anything to a client! You might be wondering why that is the great thing?

Well because you are the person that has all the resources to make the changes yourself – a great hypnotherapist will help you access the resources you need to make the changes you want and help you realise that hypnosis is not something that is ‘done’ to someone else, but is something that you are guided into.