The Experience of Hypnosis.

A hypnotist will often use terms like, “You are becoming drowsy, sleepier and sleepier”, or “…your eyes are getting heavier, and possibly, your arm is becoming heavier, numb and heavy” etc. More will be said about such suggestions under the heading “What it Involves”. The point to be made here is that hypnosis has nothing to do with sleep. The word sleep as used by hypnotists is nothing more than a useful metaphor that stimulates the subject’s imaginations in a way that induces a relaxed and calm state of mind. A hypnotized person is no more asleep than someone who is reading a book or just day dreaming. If you are the subject and a plane flies overhead or a truck rumbles past the chances are that you will hear it and remember it quite distinctly. If you are a very good well motivated subject or your hypnotist a particularly good communicator you might not notice the plane or truck because of your total absorption in what is being suggested. sports medicine expert witness in walnut creek california

Most people who have had hypnotherapy will tell you that they were aware of everything. Many will add, “I don’t think I was really under”. Most hypnotherapy clients immediately after a session will say something like, “That was good. I haven’t relaxed so deeply in a very long time. Another typical comment: He told me I couldn’t separate my hands but I could have if I’d really wanted”. Such clients are telling the literal truth. The glued hands response (or similar demonstrations) shows that the subject was being fully cooperative and willingly entering into the spirit of the enterprise. But there is more to it than just “simply going along” with situation to humour the hypnotist. Very susceptible persons become to a point, captives of their own motives and needs.

The Factors That Make Hypnosis.

Hypnosis as a contract (and therefore as a relationship). Hypnosis is an unspoken, unwritten contract between two people. The subject agrees to let the other person play hypnotist. The hypnotist’s function is that of a movie director who suggests scenes, ideas and behaviour for the subject to follow. The subject is in effect saying to the hypnotist, I will do whatever you suggest and immerse myself as fully as possible in whatever phantasies or ideas that you suggest just as long as this is consistent with my needs or motives, and not harmful to me in any way, and for as long as seems appropriate given the context of our meeting and relationship. The time frame is usually defined by a ritual of induction and waking up.