A practical guide to hypnosis (part 3)
Can YOU Be Hypnotized?
Research has found that all persons who are of sane mind and have an IQ of more than 70 can be hypnotized. People who have mental problems do not qualify for the same. Old people (the senile) are hard to hypnotize but if they have the desire to hypnotized, they can be taken through the process.
What does this mean? It means that the saying is true–“all hypnosis is self hypnosis.” Because one of the prevailing myths about hypnosis is that it’s something that someone (a ‘hypnotist’) does to someone else. Like I could kiss you, or punch you, or hypnotize you–without you having any say in the matter. And that simply isn’t true. You can’t be hypnotized (overtly) against your will. Overt hypnosis is a self-generated state–it comes from within. So, while I (a ‘hypnotist’) have an understanding of what hypnosis is and what is most likely to produce the state in you, you must be a willing participant in the process in order for it to work. If you are resisting that process, then you simply won’t go into hypnosis.
The majority of people who say they “can’t be hypnotized” subscribe to this misunderstanding at some level and that is the reason for their experience. They CAN be hypnotized–if they want to be. (As long as they are of sane mind and have an IQ of 70 or more, etc.)
Sometimes a person will resist hypnosis from an other-than-conscious place. That is, they consciously want to be hypnotized, but an inner part of their mind steps in and prevents trance from developing. When this happens some exploration of the myths of hypnosis, or prior experiences with hypnosis or perhaps witnessing hypnosis at a party, stage show etc. is in order. In order for (overt) hypnosis to occur, there must be trust and good rapport between the hypnotist and the client. While you COULD, conceivably, move this subconsciously resistant client into trance using some covert or abstract method, I believe this would be a mistake. If the client feels tricked or deceived into creating the state, that might create even greater distrust of hypnosis and the hypnotist, and further drive a wedge between that person and the wonderfully beneficial state of hypnosis. What I do recommend is patience on both parts, exploration and open discussion, and a gradual moving into trance-producing activities with full explanation and disclosure so that the client can feel in control of the process at all times
You may notice that I mentioned a couple of times in this post that you can resist OVERT hypnosis. When I ask for the hypnotic contract and say that I’m a hypnotist, and refer to the state that I’m looking to produce in others as hypnosis, that can be resisted, either consciously or subconsciously. However, we all move into trance all the time, call it by whatever we call it–zoning out, covert hypnosis, waking hypnosis, etc.–and that type of hypnosis is difficult to resist, because you “don’t see it coming.”
So, the take away? (Overt) hypnosis IS a wonderful, beneficial, natural, internally-produced state of mind that everyone can benefit from, if they are willing!
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