Hypnosis FAQ

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a very normal and natural altered state of consciousness (an altered state of awareness), one we all experience from time to time in which the mind remains clear, alert and focused on something.
What is Self Hypnosis?

The truth is: all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.


No one can make you do anything against your will while under hypnosis. Hypnosis is safe when a competent and qualified hypnotist practices it.

Can anyone be hypnotized, or only certain people?

Using standardized induction scripts and classical induction techniques, some people are found to be more hypnotizable than others, but we have had success with the vast majority of our patients. There are 12 standard tests in the SHSS (Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale) which measure how well a subject conforms to the behavior of a classically hypnotized person. By these scales, about 5% of people are classically unhypnotizable, most people show moderate scores, and about 10% are hypnotizable to extreme depths and show the classical deep trance phenomena such as somnambulism, visual and auditory hallucinations, and ability to remain deeply in hypnosis with eyes open.

How do I know if I can be hypnotized?

Three conditions must be met for a person to benefit from hypnosis: the person must agree to be hypnotized, participate in the process with their full attention and be able to use their imagination or improvise.