Frequently Asked Questions about hypnosis

Q: Is hypnosis real?
A: Absolutely! Try some of the links on the Hypnosis Evidence page or do a little research on your own. It has been practiced for centuries (possibly millennia, depending on who you ask) and is perfectly accepted in the scientific community.

Q: Will the hypnotist make me cluck like a chicken?
A: Only if that’s what you’re paying me for! Stage hypnotists entertain large crowds. I am not a stage hypnotist; I am here to help you work on your self-improvement goals.

Q: Is hypnosis mind control? Can I be hypnotized into doing things I don’t want to do?
A: Absolutely not, no matter what old movies tell you! Hypnosis requires the complete cooperation of the subject. Your subconscious refuses to accept suggestions that you would never, ever accept while awake.  This also means that you have to want to change. So please don’t push your friends to make a hypnosis appointment if they are not ready and willing to change, because it won’t do them any good.

Q: Is it possible to get “stuck” in hypnosis?
A: No. Hypnosis is just a state of awareness in which your body is relaxed and your mind is focused. You cannot get “stuck” in hypnotic trance any more than you can get “stuck” napping, praying or meditating. Even if the hypnotist walked out in the middle of a session, after a short time your mind would get bored and come to full awareness on its own.

Q: Will I tell secrets in hypnosis?
A: No. It’s actually possible to lie during hypnosis. As stated above, you will not accept suggestions you strongly above, and you certainly have no compunction  to randomly blurt out things you’d rather not share. This is why forensic hypnotists work with witnesses (to remember crime scene details), instead of with suspects; hypnosis is useless if the subject isn’t willing.

Q: Do I have to be asleep for hypnosis to work?
A: No. Many subjects will feel awake and aware throughout the entire session, and remember every word that was said. Remember, most of the “suggestions” you received over the course of your life that made you who you are occurred while you were wide awake.

Q: Do I have to be awake for hypnosis to work?
A: No. The subconscious is always listening, so it is perfectly fine for you to listen to a hypnosis recording while sleeping, or to even fall asleep in the hypnotist’s office. Subjects sometimes believe they fell asleep during a session and are surprised to find out they were actually moving and possibly even talking with the hypnotist while in deep trance!

Q: Will I have amnesia, unable to remember a word the hypnotist said?
A: Not always. Some people remember everything, some remember nothing, some remember bits and pieces. It can vary completely on the situation, the subject and how deeply you relax.

Q: What kinds of people are the best hypnosis subjects?
A: Despite movie myths about “weak-willed” people, anyone can be hypnotized, but a small minority of the population are extremely resistant, and a small minority of the population are extremely suggestible. In general, the best hypnosis subjects have a strong desire to change and a vivid imagination. People who are “strong-willed” have more determination to cooperate and improve themselves and thus actually have great talent for hypnosis!

Q: Will I be unable to move or open my eyes in hypnosis?
A: Not necessarily. While eye or limb catalepsy is a common stage hypnosis technique, it generally does not happen on its own. Some subjects become so deeply relaxed and comfortable that they have no desire to move, exactly like you may feel when you’re just falling asleep or just waking up. Other subjects, even in a deep trance, may unconsciously shift around, scratch an itch or open their eyes.

Q: How long does a session take?
A: Different hypnotists work in different ways. The first session is always the longest, for two reasons: first, there is plenty of discussion to answer any questions you have and for the hypnotist to learn about you in order to decide how to best customize the session for you; second, as after the session you become more accustomed to hypnosis and, as your skill and practice increases, you learn to relax more quickly in future sessions. When meeting with me, allow an hour and a half for the entire first appointment (about 45 minutes of which may be spent in hypnosis), and an hour for future appointments.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: See the Services & Fees page for details of what I charge here at Infinitme Hypnosis. Prices for hypnosis services vary widely by hypnotist and by city.

Q: What can I expect to happen in a typical appointment?
A: See the What to Expect page.

Q: Can we work on multiple issues in the same session?
A: Generally, no. We may incorporate some suggestions related to stress or self-confidence in with something else, but it is a bad idea to pull you towards separate self-improvement goals at the same time. For example, if you had a hypnosis session on both smoking cessation and weight loss, odds are that none of the suggestions would take effect.

Q: May I bring someone with me to the appointment?
A: Please don’t. You may bring another adult, but I would ask them to remain in the waiting room for the duration of the appointment. Their presence during the session may make it harder for you to relax, they may make noises that distract us, and let’s face it–they’re going to get pretty bored just watching you sit there.