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.
It 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 particular type of focused attention where you can ‘escape’ from your usual worries and anxieties and become receptive and open to different, much more helpful ideas.
A Hypnotherapist will usually ask you to close your eyes so that you can focus more easily on the words that are said.
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.