The Truth About Hypnosis – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Someone in hypnosis may look like he or she is asleep, but hypnosis is actually the opposite of sleep in some important ways. During hypnosis a person is in a state of narrowly focused attention. If your hypnotist uses the word “sleep” think of it as a shorthand for “close your eyes and go deeply relaxed as if you were asleep.”

You have experienced a form of hypnosis if you:

  • have ever daydreamed.
  • have “zoned out” while driving and missed your exit.
  • have become frightened by watching a movie or a TV show.
  • have cried or become emotional while reading.

At Boise Hypnosis, we’ve found that if we take the time to explain the truth about hypnosis and answer people’s questions virtually everyone can enjoy the benefits of hypnosis.

Hypnosis is not mind control. No Hypnotist can make you to do anything you don’t want to do.  In fact, Hypnosis requires your participation. It is a consensual and cooperative activity much like sports, the Hypnotist is like the coach while the client is like the player.

Again, hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that human beings experience virtually every day. If something were to happen to your Hypnotherapist in the middle of a session preventing him or her from emerging you from hypnosis, you would simply emerge from hypnosis on your own or drift off to sleep and have a nice nap.

No one has ever been hurt by hypnosis. It is as safe and natural as daydreaming, reading, or watching TV. And it’s even better than that because there are all kinds of beneficial side effects to hypnosis. Hypnosis may help reduce stress & anxiety, improve memory, enhance concentration, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, and much, much more.

You could fall asleep and end up taking an expensive nap. So, don’t do that.

Here’s a simple demonstration of what Hypnosis feels like that you can do yourself right now:

Close your eyes. Count to yourself from one to five. Open your eyes. This is what hypnosis feels like.

At Boise Hypnosis, our process includes elements that demonstrate to our clients that they are in hypnosis.  These elements are called “convincers.” They are fun and will make it clear to you that you are in hypnosis and doing well.

Since hypnosis requires focused attention, avoid things that may create distraction or make it difficult to give your undivided attention to the session. For example, avoid being too full, too hungry, or too tired. You should also avoid mind-altering drugs prior to your session as they can inhibit the process. Your Hypnotherapist will also remind you to go to the restroom before your session.

It’s useful to think of the human mind as having three parts:

The first part is the Conscious Mind. It’s the part of our mind that enables us to be rational, logical, and analytical. The conscious mind is essentially what we are paying attention to at any given moment. The conscious mind can only pay attention to 5-9 bits of information at a time.

The second part is the Subconscious Mind. This part of the mind acts like a giant database. It holds all of our memories and habits, and generates our emotions. As far as we can tell, the Subconscious Mind is limitless in its capacity. No matter how old we get, as long as our brain is working properly, we can always learn new things.