AUDIO: Listen to this
message from Dr. Stiles answering your questions
What is hypnosis? How is it
Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness with heightened
suggestibility. Your body is relaxed, your mind awake and aware, but
you are more open to accepting new thoughts and feelings. It is no
more than releasing the super concentration powers of your own mind;
therefore, through hypnosis you can learn to change the attitudes that
you want to change. As you change your attitudes you even affect your
Is hypnosis approved by the
Yes, in 1958, the American medical Association approved the use of
hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is used by many physicians, dentists and other
Does a hypnotherapist have
No. In fact, the hypnotherapist does not hypnotize you. You are
hypnotizing yourself through his direction. Hypnosis is a natural
state. The hypnotherapist is only a guide. All hypnosis is
self-hypnosis, just as all aerobics are self-aerobics. You are
instructed, and it is up to you to participate for results and success.
How do I know if I am
When you are hypnotized, you feel very relaxed, but you are always
awake. Itís the same feeling you would have if you were daydreaming.
Your conscious mind may be distracted or your thoughts wander, but
your unconscious mind (subconscious) is open and remains receptive
to the suggestions given by the hypnotherapist.
What if I cannot be
There are many different levels of hypnosis. The level one needs to
reach in order to benefit from such programs as stop smoking, weight
loss, reduction of stress is, again, similar to daydreaming. Most
people donít think they can by hypnotized, but once they try, it is
very easy. About 95 percent of people can be hypnotized and can,
therefore, receive great benefit from hypnotherapy. Anyone with a
mental age over six, willing to be hypnotized and wanting results,
will be an easy subject.
Is being hypnotized a sign of
a weak mind?
No. The opposite is true. The more intelligent and imaginative a
person is, the better the subject. The majority of people who do not
go into hypnosis are those who have the mistaken notion that hypnosis
might hurt them or they are distracted through fear or anxiety.
Can hypnosis freak me out?
Iím scared. Iím nervous.
What you will experience is deep relaxation. The only thing that
happens is that your body will relax, which enables your mind to be
more open. You are not asleep, in a deep trance, unconscious, or out
of control. If you need or want to open your eyes at any time, you
will be able to do so.
What will happen in a
Most hypnotherapy sessions last from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. During
that time you will usually be given suggestions about relaxation and
during this relaxed state of mind, you will be given suggestions about
changing your habits. The hypnotherapist will also be talking about
important facts, feelings, and attitudes in changing your habits. You
might be asked to recall occurrences that happened earlier in your
So this means that with one
session I will accomplish my objectives?
As with all therapies, hypnotherapy is not magic. It will be necessary
for you to work with the hypnotherapist and to have re-enforcement of
the suggestions given. Oftentimes, the hypnotherapist will give you an
audio CD so that you can listen to these suggestions on your own.
Hypnosis cannot make you do anything unless you are willing.
Hypnosis can strengthen your motivation, but it cannot force you to
What is the purpose of and
advantage of reinforcement audio cassette tapes?
Any attitude change is something that must be worked on over a period
of time. Although not necessary, cassette tapes given to you by the
hypnotherapist can be an important part of your program because these
audio CD's will help to reinforce the suggestions until they
permanently replace the attitude you first had. Also, there is a
convenience of using the tape at your ideally scheduled times.
Will I be revealing secrets
that I donít want to?
When youíre hypnotized you have total control over what you say and
what you do. The only ďpowerĒ during a hypnotherapy session lies in
your mind, because in hypnosis, you have greater awareness than when
you are fully awake. You completely retain all power of selectivity.
That means that your secrets will remain secure.
Will I be humiliated?
Unfortunately, hypnotism has been used by stage hypnotists to, indeed,
make some individuals look foolish. The people who are on the stage
volunteered to participate. They knew that in doing so, they would be
acting silly, and generally entertaining the audience. People who
volunteer for these shows do so with a complete knowledge of what is
to come. They are often uninhibited, fun-loving people who realize
that a hypnosis show is meant to be entertainment for everyone. As
stated above, they know what they are doing, and they elect to do so.
The power of selectivity remains even in that particularly hypnotic
state. A hypnotherapist would never put you in a position of harm to
where you would feel humiliated. The hypnotherapist is a guide to
help you find the causes of problems and to, eventually, help you
What if I donít wake up?
When you are in a hypnotic state, you are not asleep. There are some
similarities between hypnosis and sleep, but the two states are very
different, both psychologically and physiologically. If, during
hypnosis, you should fall asleep, you will wake up naturally. There
has never been, in all of recorded history, a case of any individual
not awakening from hypnosis.