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Hypnosis: How do you know you reached it?

August 3, 2012 by relax  
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Question by Pedro P: Hypnosis: How do you know you reached it?
I am practicing hypnosis and I would like to know if I truly reached that hypnotized state.

Thank you.

Best answer:

Answer by TobyF
This is a difficult question to answer, as there isn’t a hypnotized feeling that people get. Most people feel completely normal. However there are some harmless side effects that some people get. I’ll concentrate on the ones that are easiest for a hypnotized person to notice.

Flushed skin, on face and elsewhere. This may be experienced as a warm feeling, tingling or itching. (If you get a distracting itch, feel free to scratch it!)

Rapid eye movement, eyes move rapidly from side to side when the eyes are closed

Hearing may become more acute at noticing sounds

Limbs may feel light or heavy, or even stretched into strange positions.

Make a note of the time before you start. After you have finished your session think about how long it took and compare that with an actual clock. A distorted sense of time is possible.

You can be in hypnosis without experiencing any of the above. Indeed if you are deep they might happen, but you don’t notice.

As a general tip, avoid repeatedly checking yourself to see if you are hypnotized. Go with the flow of the experience and avoid analyzing it at the time. If you do notice one of the signs I mentioned just note it and carry on with whatever you were doing.

I’ve included a link to free self hypnosis course. It is emailed to you. The author won’t spam you. He also does a separate matters of the mind series that might be of interest.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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3 Responses to “Hypnosis: How do you know you reached it?”
  1. Michael says:

    You could follow the instructions in this video from beginning to end.

  2. elmo says:

    while people can fake being hypnotized, it is easy to know if someone is really hypnotized or not

    1) their pulse will be slow
    2) they will be physically relax, sometime even reach immobility
    3) involuntary twitching of facial muscle
    4) slacking jar (from the relaxation)
    5) unfocused eye

  3. watervox says:

    I agree for the most part with TobyF. When you are the hypnotist, you can see the subject’s breathing change, or see a flushing of the skin, or rapid eye movement. As the subject, you notice time distortion — seems like 10 minutes when it’s been 40 minutes, or seems longer than it was — or your limbs feel very light or even weightless. Most any level of depth seems to be as useful as any other, to me. People who are new to hypnosis may not go very deep into the state, because their conscious mind is curious and wants to observe, and make sure they are safe. There are lots of little signs, but it seems to me that it’s pretty hard to do it wrong. If you expect to see some odd results or be trapped in hypnosis, or any other silly thing, you may be dissappointed. That is the TV approach — fiction for entertainment — not reality. It’s much more comfortable, natural and pleasant than what you see there.

    BTW — Hypnosense is a site belonging to Terrance Watts, a wonderful British Hypnotherapist, with his own school of hypnotherapy, who has some really great scripts for hypnosis, as well. He has a nice, gentle way of phrasing things. There’s a section of the site dedicated to professionals. And if you happen to be in the US, and want to train in hypnosis at a GREAT school, check out Hypnotherapy Training Institute in Corte Madera.

    Good luck with it!

    Watervox Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

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