Vincent Milardo, CHt
Hypnosis is a process during which an individual allows themselves to become more open to suggestions with the aid of a hypnotherapist. One can experience changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts, or behavior. Hypnosis is generally established by an induction procedure. Although there are different hypnotic inductions, they are based on imaginative involvement with focused attention and concentration.
People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Some describe their experience as an altered state of consciousness. Others describe hypnosis as a normal state of focused attention, in which they feel very calm and relaxed. Regardless of how and to what degree they respond, most people describe the experience as very pleasant. Those who have been hypnotized do not lose control over their behavior. A person’s ability to experience hypnotic suggestions can be inhibited by fears and concerns arising from some common misconceptions. Everyone has a concept of hypnosis. It probably comes from depictions of hypnosis in books, movies or on television.