What is hypnosis..?
Western scientists first became involved in hypnosis around 1770, when Franz Mesmer (1734–1815), a physician from Austria, started investigating an effect he called "animal magnetism" or "mesmerism" (the latter name still remaining popular today).
We have two parts of our mind, the conscious and the subconscious.
Hypnosis involves a slight altering of our state of consciousness so that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is resting whilst the right-hand side, the subconscious is more alert.
Our subconscious is deeper seated and more instinctive. Activities such as walking, talking and emotional reactions are all dependent on our unconscious involvement.
What does it feel like to be hypnotized..?
A hypnotic trance provides a sense of profound physical and mental relaxation, internal chatter is quieted, and you feel peaceful and calm, its similar to those few moments of being "not-quite awake" just before you fall asleep. When you come up from a hypnotic trance, you feel wonderfully good, refreshed, revitalized, and full of energy.
Can anybody be hypnotized..?
Yes, every person can be hypnotized to some degree, as long as they have normal cognitive function hypnosis is possible. But the depth of the hypnotic state varies from person to person.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis..?
No, its impossible to get stuck in hypnosis and the reason for this is because hypnosis is a perfectly natural state that we experience every day,
the hypnotic state is between the awakened state and the sleep state, you pass through this when you go to sleep and awaken!
Will you be able to control my mind..?
No, despite popular belief hypnosis is not mind control, in fact, you have the same morals, values, and beliefs in your hypnotic state as you do in your awakened state,
for instance, if a hypnotist was to ask someone to rob a bank whilst hypnotized, the person would reject the suggestion. (unless, of course, they were a bank robber)
People will do awesome and funny things on stage and this is because they volunteer on to the stage with the understanding that they will be participating in some way. (like a nonverbal contract) Once they've been hypnotized their inhibitions relax and they will then feel confident in the suggestion given to them keeping all their morals and ethical beliefs intact!
Will i remember my hypnotic experience..?
Statistically, around 70% of people remember their hypnotic experience and around 30% don't recall or completely forget everything, an example would be when you wake up and try to remember a dream you had but can't recollect what the dream was about!