“I can’t be hypnotized!” Yes, you can.
Probably due to basic misconceptions about hypnosis there are people who firmly believe they cannot be hypnotized.
There are several reasons for this belief and by talking about them I’ll be better able to discuss hypnosis in general.
Do your research and you’ll uncover this definition of hypnosis: “Hypnosis is a process of changing behaviors by bypassing the conscious mind critical factor to make acceptable change at a subconscious level. ”
What is hypnosis like?
What that doesn’t explain is what hypnosis is like to someone who has never experienced it. As a result people take stories and hearsay to create their beliefs about hypnosis. Much of what people are exposed to about hypnosis is so fantastical they can’t imagine being able to be hypnotized.
My first response to someone who says “I can’t be hypnotized” is to explain that hypnosis is simply an intense and pleasant state of focus. Thus it’s a natural process that occurs under certain conditions. Because it’s all about paying attention the only people who can’t be hypnotized either don’t have an attention span or can’t/won’t follow instructions.
People will sometimes say it as a challenge “You can’t hypnotize me”. In many of these cases they believe hypnosis is a contest of wills with the hypnotist dominating the subject so there is a natural defensiveness. To these people I say “You may be right. I can’t hypnotize people who can’t follow instructions or simply aren’t able to pay attention. But if you like we could do a small test to make sure you’re not one of those people.” From there I demonstrate how simply paying attention can make dramatic changes to perception.
The only example of people where I’ve had problems hypnotizing were people so anxious it pulls their attention away from everything else. These so-called difficult people can still be hypnotized by using different tactics to help them redirect their attention.
The bottom line is you CAN be hypnotized if you want and if you are willing to follow instruction.
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