Hypnosis is a natural state of focused attention. Rather than an esoteric phenomenon that occurs only under special circumstances, it is a state that each of us experiences every day. Daydreaming, being absorbed in a book or movie, driving on “auto pilot” and drifting off to sleep are all examples of ordinary hypnotic states. Therapeutic hypnosis (hypnotherapy) is achieved by trained professionals who use special relaxation and visualization techniques. Can you be hypnotized? Yes. In fact, you’ve already experienced it.
Everyday States of Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a natural state of focused attention. Each of us undergoes this state spontaneously every day. We experience hypnosis when:
- Being absorbed in a book or movie
- Driving on “auto-pilot”
- Drifting off to sleep
Hypnosis occurs when the conscious mind relaxes, allowing the subconscious mind with its rich storehouse of memories, instincts and emotions to surface. Such a shift may occur on its own, or it may be prompted by techniques designed to put the normally guarded conscious mind at rest. Despite the deep relaxation of our conscious mind, we remain in control—always maintaining free will and the ability to uphold our morals and ethics. Learn more about hypnosis and safety.
The person in a hypnotic trance is always in control, just as someone who is daydreaming can decide to go on or stop at any time. While the practitioner serves as a teacher or guide, the only person who can hypnotize you is you…Therefore, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. –Dr. Andrew Weil