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What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis has become a loaded word because stage hypnotists have used hypnosis to  encourage people to do silly, dangerous or shocking things. 

In fact, hypnosis is a natural brain state. You will probably have experienced hypnosis many times during your life.

Is the brain state we get when we are not consciously thinking .  So when we are doing a boring, repetitive task, we ‘switch off’ and perhaps have a day-dream.  When we are absorbed in reading a book we feel ourselves to be ‘elsewhere’.  Hypnosis is a  particularly focused attention of the mind where you ‘escape  from your usual worries and anxieties and become  receptive and open to different, much more helpful ideas.

Therapists who use hypnosis in a clinical therapy setting are called Hypnotherapists. People who use hypnosis for stage and entertainment tend to be called Hypnotists.