Even after decades of research by major universities like Stanford, Harvard, etc validating the effectiveness of hypnosis, many myths remain.
A persistent myth is that not everyone can be hypnotized. In fact one of the things that I hear the most is, ‘I’m not sure if I can be hypnotized’.
You can. (Yes, even if you have ADHD or just trouble focusing) I’ve worked with many people over the years who were convinced that they couldn’t experience hypnosis. Some had even tried hypnosis before with lackluster results.
The truth is, while everyone can experience hypnosis, not everyone has the same reaction, results, or experience. Which is true for nearly everything regarding humans physiologically or psychologically 🤷.
Some people can enter the state of hypnosis very quickly and very easily in a variety of situations. These folks tend to be good candidates for stage or street hypnosis.
For other people, entering the state of hypnosis just requires more time or a different approach. While they may not make great candidates for stage or street hypnosis, (at least at first) they can still get excellent results with hypnotherapy.
This is why it’s essential that you work with someone who is experienced. I can’t tell you how many times someone has told me that they tried to get hypnotized once but it didn’t work. When I asked them about the experience it turns out that the person ‘trying’ to hypnotize them was a friend, acquaintance, or family member who was trying to learn hypnosis or who was just playing around.
Other times they listened to an mp3 or watched a YouTube video. These can work great for many people but others need a different approach.
And of course you’ll always get better results when you work one-on-one because the hypnotist will tailor the experience to you.
One of the things that amuses me about this profession is that it seems half of the people out there think hypnosis doesn’t work at all (or at least on them), and the other half think it works too well – that the hypnotist can make them do things they don’t want to do.
Neither are true 😁.