I love talking about hypnosis. After almost every show I have people asking me questions about how it works, what it can be used for, and perhaps the most entertaining questions are about the limitations of hypnosis.
Many of the questions I hear all the time, and I still love answering them as I like people learning about what hypnosis is. Here are some facts about hypnosis that also answer most of the questions I hear most often.
Facts About Hypnosis
• We all experience hypnosis at LEAST twice a day
• Anyone of normal intelligence can be hypnotized. In fact, the more intelligent a person is, the better they can follow instructions, the better they can be hypnotized!
• A person cannot get “stuck” in hypnosis. This has never happened. But, people can go so deep that they don’t want to emerge!
• Hypnosis is NOT sleep, but a natural state of mind, much like daydreaming. After being hypnotized people often feel refreshed like after a great nap though!
• You will not reveal intimate secrets while hypnotized. If you don’t want to share a secret you will keep it guarded weather hypnotized or not.
• The earliest examples of hypnosis are found in tribal ceremonies of early humans.
• One of the earliest recorded descriptions of hypnosis was found in an Egyptian tomb written on papyrus dating back to 1500 BC.
• Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used hypnosis for medical and religious purposes.
• In 1892 the British Medical Association (BMA) formally recognized that hypnosis had applications in modern medicine
• Sigmund Freud used hypnosis with his patients while developing his theories on psychoanalysis.
• Hypnosis was used in World War I and World War II to treat soldiers with combat neuroses. It was also used to replace anaesthetics when supplies were low.
• In 1958, the American Medical Association (AMA) declared hypnosis to be a useful medical tool.
• In 1847, the Roman Catholic Church recognized hypnosis as a natural part of our own ability, and not the work of the devil. It stands by this claim today.
• A few minutes hypnotized can make you feel as if you have had a few hours of sleep!
• If you have ever driven down the highway, begun to daydream & while your conscious mind is elsewhere, you drive right past your exit……You have a memory of a time you’ve experienced hypnosis! The same can be said for reading a book or watching a movie and getting involved to the point of experiencing the emotions.