Updated: Sep 6
A study analysis from 1970 found hypnosis to have a 93 percent success rate, with fewer sessions needed than both psychotherapy and behavioural therapy.
So you want to know if hypnosis works
Many people think that hypnosis is just a role play performed by actors or stage hypnotists who uses a swinging pocket watch and say those famous words: “you’re feeling very sleepy, your eyelids are getting heavy” and after that he says: “at my command, you will act like a rock star”. And that’s the moment when the audience start to laugh at the guy or woman who’s being ridiculous. A hypnotherapy session with a qualified clinical hypnotherapist could not be further from the what happens with a stage hypnotist. The hypnotherapist’s goal is to work with your subconscious mind to help you resolve what is creating the behaviour or belief that is affecting your life, such as overcoming certain fears, phobias, confidence issues, bad habits, addictions and pain etc.
I’ll tell you what hypnosis is about, and what it is not about.
Have you ever been so focused on something that everything around you seems to disappear? When you are watching a really good movie, playing video games or so focused on a task that you have blocked everything else out, you are actually in a hypnotic state because you’re lost, you wouldn’t even be able to hear someone calling your name.
Hypnosis uses relaxation, intense concentration and focused attention to assist people to get to a strong state of awareness; in other words a hypnotic trance.
And what happens next? Well, the clinical hypnotherapist (not a stage hypnotist) can use this mental state to help people respond to suggestions and/or resolve underlying feelings or events and thereby helping them to change certain behaviours, phobias, fears and treat pain.
Professionals in this field say that hypnosis does not cause people to lose their will neither erase their memories because this is not a brainwashing session. On the contrary, hypnosis allows people to be highly attentive and able to respond to suggestions and resolve issues at the core. That’s why it is so helpful.
This is the way hypnosis works, and has worked for many famous people. Matt Damon, a Hollywood actor, announced in public that hypnosis had been the best decision he had made in his entire life.
Nonetheless, there are also situations and conditions in which hypnosis must not be used without a referral from your psychologist, psychiatrist or doctor. If you have any psychological disorder or mental condition or injury a referral from your treating practitioner is a must.
Hypnosis is not considered to be dangerous since it is not a mind control procedure, and this is why it can’t be used to make people do anything against their will.