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How come I have difficulty with hypnosis?

February 16, 2014 by relax  
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Question by boxman34234: How come I have difficulty with hypnosis?
I have gone to various hypnotist therapists for help with overcoming shyness and possibly social anxiey and to become more comfortable with public speaking (I am a nervous wreck if I have to speak in front of people!) Each time during the induction phase, when I am lying there with my eyes closed, I have trouble with visualizations and going into hypnosis. I try to imagine going down that flight of stairs or down that elevator but try as I might it does not work for me. I suppose I might have a fear going under. When I mentioned this to the hypnotist, he had me imaginging things anyways and I end up not getting the results I wanted . Honestly, I am tired of spending money on this therapy but I get so desperate to overcome my fears that I try someone else but its always the same result. (The last therapist I tried accuse me of not trying; but I do try it just not happening for me). I am really depressed about this; is there any hope for me?

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Answer by lala-ru
maybe you should try sleep hypnosis.

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3 Responses to “How come I have difficulty with hypnosis?”
  1. beingagood1 says:

    You might try self-hypnosis. The following technique works for me — I got it off the web years ago:

    Stay with the same phrase for a lunar cycle, starting the week before the full moon and ending on the week after the full moon. Then forget about it for one week. On the dark of the new moon, begin again and continue for another week. Fashion your suggestion. It must be positive, with no negative words. Short, between 6 and 15 words. Meaningful, this is what you really want to happen.
    Possible, something you can achieve. Avoid absolutes and time limits. Focused, tackle one suggestion at a time, not a laundry list of wishes. You might double up on suggestions if they are complementary. For example “Every day I am healthier and happier,” combines health and happiness. And they are clearly related to each other – if you are healthier, you are going to be happier and the other way around.
    1. Write it down on a piece of paper in clear, legible handwriting. Write it as if you were writing to your best friend or your love. Concentrate and write slowly thinking about the meaning of the words as you write each of them.
    2. Find a place where you can relax and be by yourself to do the programming. You might put on some of your favorite (non-vocal) music in the background. You should begin by doing the programming three times a day; When you wake up in the morning – as soon as possible after awakening. In the middle of the day, best just after lunch if you can find a time and place where you will be left alone and quiet. Just before going to sleep at night
    Read the Message to yourself If you can say it out loud, all the better. Listen to yourself, and to your words. Think clearly about their meaning. Sit or lie comfortably, Find something to look at, something to focus on. Take three deep breaths. Letting yourself relax all over. Feel all the stress and tension leaving your body with each exhalation. Breath in calm, breath out tension.
    Close your eyes and hold the last breath for at least 10 seconds then slowly let it all out, letting all the tension in all of your muscles flow outward with that last exhalation.
    Now you are very relaxed, and breathing evenly and smoothly, and you begin to count backwards from 5 to 1. As you count you feel yourself relaxing deeper and deeper with each and every breath you take, with every number you count.
    When you reach the count of 1, feel yourself drop quickly and deeply into a very comfortable and relaxed state of mind. Now begin to say, in your mind, not out loud, the words you wish to program into your subconscious. Repeat this phrase 20 times.
    To help you keep count, each time you say the phrase, move the tip of a finger to the tip of your thumb. Start with the index finger of the right hand. Move it to the tip of the thumb of the right hand and say the phrase. Then touch the tip of the middle finger to the tip of the thumb and say the phrase again. Then the ring finger, then the little finger and open the right hand on the fifth count. Repeat this with the left hand then start all over again to complete the twenty repetitions.
    Don’t hurry. Go slow. Go deep. After you have mastered the process, it becomes fairly automatic and you don’t have to pay too much attention to either the hand movements or the words themselves. This might take a few days.
    As you improve, begin to focus on relaxing deeper and deeper, drifting away, just letting yourself completely relax. You can hear your own words in your mind and soon you will find you can think other things at the same time you are saying the words you have memorized and repeated so many times.
    When you reach this level (don’t hasten this process, just take your time, you might do this for a week or two before you feel comfortable with the next stage), when you find yourself able to think of other things, begin to parallel the suggestion with the following thoughts:
    “Each and every word you hear me say takes you deeper and deeper into a very beneficial state of relaxation.” “You can hear my words giving you suggestions, these suggestions will make your life better and happier.”
    “Each and every time I do this exercise the effect is stronger and more beneficial. The suggestion is helping improve my life more and more as I move deeper and deeper during the exercises.”
    Stay with the same phrase for a lunar cycle, starting the week before the full moon and ending on the week after the full moon. Then forget about it for one week. On the dark of the new moon, begin again and continue for another week.

  2. Master Your Destiny says:

    It may be that your hypnotherapist is the problem and not a good one:

    8 Important Questions to ask a Hypnotherapist

    Since there is no specific education or training requirements, almost anyone can call him or herself a hypnotherapist. It’s best to contact practitioners that have been certified by The National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, but finding a reputable practitioner is not easy. Even if you find one: Is she or he the right hypnotherapist for you? It will take time (and money) to find out.

    Below are important questions you should ask:

    1) Ask to see a list of see list success stories of people they have helped? This is the most important question. After all if they are advertising that they can help you: How many people have they actually helped? and can they verify it? Ask for references. Some may dance around the question by and giving you examples of how hypnosis has helped individuals lose weight or quit smoking. That’s great… What you want know is how many people THEY have actually helped.

    Visit their websites to see if they have any testimonials. Since anyone can put up a bunch of fake testimonials on a website, see if they have video testimonials from credible sources or a Facebook Page where people actually post their own success stories. If they don’t have testimonials please be cautious.

    2) A professional is always a member of an association. Find out which association they are affiliated with. Most associations will have a website. Check out the website and see if their name shows.

    3) Ask your hypnotherapist how long he or she has been practicing?

    4) How many hours of training did they receive in hypnotherapy?

    5) Which institute did they train from?

    6) Is the institute accredited? If so, nationally or at the state level, or does it have an international accreditation?

    7) Is the institute recognized by the department of education?

    8 If you’re not satisfied will you get your money back? I personally believe that if you provide a product or service that does not satisfy the customer give them their money back.

    NOTE: Even though a hypnotherapist may be certified by an accredited board or institution they still have no real power: For example if you are practicing medicine and call yourself a medical doctor but are not licensed you’ll go to jail or prison. Not so for hypnotherapists, so you need to ask questions.

    ADDITIONAL NOTE: If something does not feel right, then it isn’t. Trust your gut and VERIFY: For example if you are trying to lose weight (or even if you’re not) and your hypnotherapist is overweight, is it a good idea to use their services? This seems like common sense, but I have seen a few overweight hypnotherapists advertising weight loss hypnosis

    If you are located in the USA check if they have a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Rating and are listed as an accredited business. Visit the BBB website to see if they have any complaints. This will also tell you how long they have been in business.

  3. allan clews says:

    I am also a hypnotist. Fortunately, I started with an NLP background. Now without really trying to go to deeply into the theory, suffice it to say that this means people can be divided into three groups depending on how they ‘represent’ the world.

    The first (and largest group – some say accounting for 60% of our population) are strongest visually, the next are strongest sensorially (or kinesthetically to use the NLP terms), while the third group are strongest auditorally (auditory types are found in countries like England [or the southern states in the US] where your accent defines you geographically and socially).

    It sounds like the hypnotists you worked with, relied on visual-oriented inductions (based on your brief description). Unfortunately, you are probably not a visual person and would do much better with a conversational or kinesthetic approach to hypnosis.

    Perhaps find a hypnotist who uses the ‘arm drop’ or ‘handshake’ induction. Or someone who asks you trace the shape of a ten in your mind’s eye [rather than just visualising it] and who asks you to use your sensory imagination to run your fingers over the edges of the ten and even sense the unique texture of this number [rather than to just see it as a bright shining yellow-coloured ten].

    I have an sensorially-based induction I use where I get the person to imagine holding a piece of chalk in their hands. To imagine sensing this chalk in your fingers as you imagine lifting your arm up to a blackboard and tracing the outline of a ten. To imagine sensing the chalk in your fingers pressing against the board as you begin to trace the numeral one. And then to sense you fingers lifting the chalk off the board before you press it back down and draw the zero. Sensing the chalk in your fingers and the pressure of the chalk on the board and sensing the movement of your arm as you trace the outline of the zero.

    It works quite well for people who are not that visual.

    Of course, in spite of all of the various inductions and techniques I have used, I still encounter people I cannot hypnotise (studies show 10-15% of the population are very hypnotisable and 10-15% are unhypnotisable – with the remaining 80% falling between these two poles).

    Maybe you are just one of the unlucky ones who cannot use this remarkable tool.

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