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Will Hypnosis Work For Me?

Updated on April 21, 2017

If you have found yourself pondering the use of Hypnosis in any variety that it can and is used, and have wondered if it really works or can work for you, the answer in most cases is, yes... Hypnosis can be a powerful tool for self improvement, achieving goals, overcoming limitiing thoughts and behaviors, weight loss, stress management, pain management, recalling events and the list goes on.

The key components to whether or not Hypnosis will work are; willingness of the subject to participate, and the method of delivery of the Hypnosis session.

There are a couple of other factors such as the ability to concentrate, and the ability to imagine that are needed. These items filter out a small percentage of the population, but for the most part, most people can imagine and concentrate on some level.


The effectiveness of Hypnosis rests in the hands of the subject being hypnotized, in order for Hypnosis to work a subject must be willing to allow the process to happen.

If a subject is already locked into a mindset that it will not work, and unwilling to accept suggestions, then for them it won't work. A subject with such a mindset will not allow the conscious mind to let go so that the subconscious can come forward. During a hypnosis session, if they get that far, they will engage their conscious mind to continually reinforce their belief that it won't work. Therefore Hypnosis will not work on an unwilling subject because they won't let it.

A willing subject is open and willing to try. A willing subject also has a desire to create results, this is especially true in cases of self help. People that are successful in using Hypnosis are willing to participate. People who get results from hypnosis; achieve goals, relieve pain, change detrimental behaviors and so on, are willing to believe that they can experience life in a different way, and they really are making a change. In so doing they really make a change, they really get results.

Much of the success or failure of Hypnosis depends upon the person being hypnotized. It is not a process of magic bestowed up on an individual. Most of the work in Hypnosis is done by the subject or client. The Hypnotist is a facilitator that provides a means for change and awareness to occur, they teach people the path to the relaxed state of mind and inward focus. The client is the one who puts the change or new awareness into action.

Method of Delivery of Hypnosis

A huge factor in the functionality of Hypnosis lies on the shoulders of the Hypnotist. The skill of understanding that each person they come into contact with is an individual with different learning styles, backgrounds, skills, likes, dislikes, fears, and more; is what separates a good Hypnotist from a bad one.

In cases of self improvement, pain management, and the like anyone who comes in for a Hypnosis session should be evaluated to find out what things will work best for them. If a Hypnotists fails to take the time to, or is just does not know how to properly evaluate a client in this way they may well try to induce and or deliver Hypnotic state and suggestions by way of a method that their client does not respond well to, this will automatically take the client away from engaging the brain wave states needed to get to the subconscious, and immediately engage the conscious mind.

The conscious serves as the fabric of our ego, our belief systems. The conscious mind is what blocks us from perceiving things differently or having a new awareness of possibilities. For Hypnosis to work we must get past this barrier of the conscious mind and deal directly with the subconscious to introduce new beliefs.

There are many different methods to induce Hypnosis as well as an even greater variety of ways to deliver Hypnotic suggestion. There is always something that will work with a willing subject. The Hypnotist must work with their client to find out what is the best fit.

What does Science Say about Hypnosis?

Historically Hypnosis has found itself in the midst of some controversy for the most part due to lack of understanding. Today science has begun to recognize the effects of Hypnosis on the human brain, and validate through experiments measurable changes in perception and brain function. To find out more about specific studies and results the links below go into more detail.

Give it a Try

If you have been considering using Hypnosis, give it a try! Be sure to find a qualified NGH (National Guild of Hypnotist) Certified Hypnotist in your area. Make sure that you are comfortable with the Hypnotist you select, liking the person you are working with makes a big difference in any professional situation.

If you would just like to explore Hypnosis more deeply, Hypnotists often run community classes and workshops at very reasonable prices. Classes and workshops can give a great overview of Hypnosis in a group setting, and provide a fantastic foundation for self improvement of many kinds. These can also be a great introduction to local Hypnotists in case you would like to work on an individual issue in a private session.

The existence of desire to change is the spark to creating a change, if that desire exists the process to make it real has already begun, it must simply be put into action.

What experience have you had with Hypnosis?

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      thoughthole 5 years ago from Utah

      Thank You Nicole I am gald you enjoyed. Hypnosis really can and does produce some phenomenal results.

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      Nicole S Hanson 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Very interesting. I've always wondered how hypnosis works and if it really is effective. I enjoyed reading this.

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      thoughthole 5 years ago from Utah

      @CR, Yes Hypnotists can use regression, and forensic techniques to do all of the things you mentioned. Yes it does work. The subconsious remembers everything with much more accuracy than our concious mind as it has no filter. If anything really happened, was witnessed even at a glance, or experienced and the concious chose to make it more palatable by distorting the memory, the subconcious will tell the whole truth for anyone willing to accept it. Hypnosis is a very exciting and endlessly interesting subject.

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      Pamela Hutson 5 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      What do you think about hypnotists who recover alien abduction stories and other strange memories? Can hypnosis be used to recover memories in cases of amnesia or when someone witnesses a crimes? Or are the memories always distorted or fabricated. It seems like it works best for self-improvement, anxiety, etc. Great hub, very informative, thanks. :)

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      thoughthole 6 years ago from Utah

      Great Krystal, it's a winning situation for everyone. Anything that assists in guiding one to inward focus is highly beneficial toward personal growth, enjoy!

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      KrystalD 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I love meditation and just wanted you to know I just bought "8-Minute Meditations" from your hub! Thanks!

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      thoughthole 6 years ago from Utah

      Yes KrystalD I agree, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Hypnosis is very rich and interesting. Thank you for the comment!

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      KrystalD 6 years ago from Los Angeles