Hypnosis is a normal and spontaneous state of mind that all human beings have experienced thousands of times. But if the client comes into your office filled with fears and misconceptions regarding hypnosis, he or she will be able to inhibit the response.
So it is very important that you have a pre-talk that you can deliver to the client that will take care of most, if not all, of these fears and misconceptions built upon what they think can or will happen if they are hypnotized.
Some things that should be covered are: Hypnosis is not sleep.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind. You have experienced a form of hypnosis if you: have daydreamed;
missed an exit on the freeway or expressway; cried because you were watching a movie; have become frightened while reading. The hypnotist cannot control you. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis. No one has ever been hurt by hypnosis. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
The worse thing that can happen is that they could go to sleep and not go into hypnosis.
Then take some time to explain what you mean by the conscious, subconscious and unconscious levels of the mind. This will promote understanding when you use the terms and help to de-mystify them.
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HYPNOTISM is by no means a new art. True, it has been developed into a science in comparatively recent years. But the principles of thought control have been used for thousands of years in India, ancient Egypt, among the Persians, Chinese and in many other ancient lands. Miracles of healing by the spoken word and laying on of hands are recorded in many early writings.