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What is hypnosis and what causes a person to become hypnotized?

February 25, 2012 by relax  
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Question by Twinkie: What is hypnosis and what causes a person to become hypnotized?
I was hypnotized once in the 70″s at a night club, but I really don’t remember much about it.I was not into drugs. I think I must have had a couple of drinks but I was not drunk.Could a few drinks been part of my susceptibility?

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Answer by barry
Not really, but they may have helped you to relax.

Hypnosis is merely a heightened state of suggestibility, in which you are better able to communicate with your subconscious mind; view about what it is, and isn’t.

85% of people are suggestible to some degree; 15% – 20% highly so, and 15% – 20% aren’t much at all.

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2 Responses to “What is hypnosis and what causes a person to become hypnotized?”
  1. peaceablefruit206 says:

    You can read about hypnotism at:

  2. watervox says:

    About Hypnosis
    It has been said that “If waking is white, and sleep is black, then hypnosis is gray.” Hypnosis is an ordinary, natural state of consciousness, that we move in and out of, every day. Think of making your way home and not noticing the last few blocks? How about losing track of time and place while caught up in a great novel? And what about, on a day off, that feeling when you wake at the normal work time, and realizing that you don’t have to be anywhere, you fall back in the bedclothes and just feel a wonderful, dreamy feeling….not completely awake, but not asleep either. That state is hypnosis.

    Stage Hypnotism:
    For the purpose of entertainment, some people enjoy stage hypnosis. And some of the people who take part in stage hypnosis demonstrations may actually wish to have some fun by performing for a group. Sometimes, people enjoy this who do not feel able to act out unless they have the context of ‘hypnosis’ or perhaps ‘cocktails’ in order to lose inhibitions and have a bit of fun. The first thing a stage hypnotist does is to test potential subjects, to eliminate those who will not allow themselves to go into hypnosis in this setting. If the stage hypnotist invited people up on stage, then helped them all be happier and feel better, they’d probably not get another entertainment booking. So instead, they invite their subjects to cluck like chickens, or some other wacky and fun thing.

    Who can not be hypnotized:
    Those who may not be able to be hypnotized: people who have certain types or degrees of brain damage, may not be hypnotizable, also people who are psychotic, those on heavy drugs or alcohol, people with extremely low IQs, and as far as we know, the only other people who can not be hypnotized are those who do not want to be hypnotized. People who do not fit into those categories are those who can normally enter the hypnotic state.

    I am a certified hypnotherapist, and I use hypnosis and hypnotherapy just about every day. If there is something you should not do, even if that is something you think you want to do, you will not do it as a result of hypnotic suggestion. Hypnosis is really not mind control — at least, not someone else controlling your mind. YOU control your mind, but you can choose to follow suggestions or not. It’s possible that drinks may have made you a bit more suggestible, but no more so than without hypnosis.

    Best wishes,

    Watervox Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

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