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Q: Can anyone be hypnotized?

The majority of people are able to be hypnotized to some degree or another. It's commonly recognized that some people are more suggestible that others.

There is a very small percentage of the population that cannot be hypnotized - generally those of exceptionally low IQ and/or those who are incapable of imagining. Also among the small minority of people who are incapable of being hypnotized are those who are incapable of dreaming, or of enjoying any plot that involves fantasy - for example, you might hear them say, "Pfuhh! That's preposterous! Monkeys can't fly!" while watching the Wizard of Oz. 

In the case of those who are adamant that they can’t be hypnotized and are convinced that hypnosis will never work for them, that's most likely going to be the case. Remember, on one can make you do anything you don't want to do using hypnosis - and that includes being hypnotized!

The true answer is that everyone can be hypnotised, theoretically,. There’s no physical reason why everyone can’t be put into a hypnotic state (excluding brain damaged states, etc.). However there may be psychological reasons that someone is resistant to being hypnotized, which in turn might make it very difficult for that person to relax enough to enter a true hypnotic state.  

Sometimes those people who are certain that they can’t be hypnotised have a deep seated need for control, or issues with feelings of vulnerability. They think that by allowing themselves to be hypnotised they'll be giving up control, so it becomes difficult for them to relax enough to get to the hypnotic state.

Working with someone you feel comfortable with and confident in is essential. For hypnosis to be successful one must meet two chief prerequisites: firstly, they must have a deep, authentic desire for the change they're seeking to make (not purely motivated by another's desire for them to make the change); and secondly, they must possess a willingness to suspend disbelief, at least temporarily while trance work is being done. The latter requirement can be easily met when there is a strong degree of trust in the hypnotist.

Oddly enough the higher someones IQ the better hypnotic subject they are, provided they are able to temporarily suspend disbelief. 

Q: What does hypnosis feel like? How will I know if I'm hypnotized?

Hypnosis feels great. It doesn't feel like anything out of the ordinary, and yet, clients sometimes report having very extraordinary experiences while in hypnosis. Most would describe hypnosis as feeling like being in a state of profound relaxation (or savasana, for the yogi reader). Others say it's much like the state you're in just before you fall asleep - and in fact this is most commonly the brainwave state (theta brainwaves) you're in during hypnosis. When one goes well into trance, it feels much like getting completely lost in a book or movie. 

So, how will you know you are hypnotized? If you find yourself feeling very deeply relaxed, are deeply focused on the hypnotist's words to the exclusion of other stimuli around you, and are responding internally with an agreeable attitude, you're in hypnosis.

Q: Is hypnosis safe?

Yes, hypnosis is safe for anyone of sound mind. The only real recognizable risk is that of "false memories" being created, so it is important that such matters are put in proper context and addressed accordingly (see "language of the subconscious mind").

Q: Will I remember everything?

Generally speaking, yes you will remember everything. On occasion some people go so deeply into trance that they may temporarily dip down from Theta into Delta brainwaves. Spontaneous recall becomes more difficult when one enters Delta state. The results in what's commonly referred to as hypno-amnesia. It is temporary, in that when a client reports that they can't remember anything after I said "......," as soon as I tell them what I was saying, they respond with something akin to, "Oh yeah, I remember you saying that now." Your subconscious mind is always listening, and it will always alert you to something it deems to be a threat. For example, most people can sleep right through loud sounds that they are used to, but they will be awakened by the unusual sound. You unconscious mind makes sure your conscious is awake when it's important for you to be - the rest is optional.

Q: Will I lose control during hypnosis?

It's a common misconception that being hypnotized will make a person lose control of themselves, surrender their will, or that it could result in their being dominated,. Some of these misconceptions come from seeing stage hypnosis shows, or movies, failing to take into account that stage hypnotists screen their volunteers to select those who are cooperative, with possible exhibitionist tendencies, as well as responsive to hypnosis. They want to be in on the act, and so the hypnosis works. Willingness to participate is key to the success of hypnosis, whether on stage or in a private practice. You always have your free will at your disposal.

In hypnosis, the patient is not under the control of the hypnotist. Hypnosis is not something imposed on people, but something they do for themselves. A hypnotist simply serves as a facilitator to guide them.
— (* from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis)

Q: What if I get stuck in hypnosis?

It is, quite simply, not possible to become "stuck in hypnosis." You remain in completely control of yourself at all times. Remember, hypnotic trance is a normal state of consciousness that we move in and out of quite naturally.

Q: What is hypnosis-enhanced coaching?

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Q: Does hypnosis work and if so, how long will the changes last?

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Q: How many sessions will I need?

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Q: What kinds of problems or issues can be addressed with hypnosis? Can more than one issue be addressed at once?

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Q: Accelerated healing: Is it Hypnosis or Placebo?

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Q: What about hypnosis for addiction? How does that work?

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Q: What about hypnosis for weight reduction?

More to come ..Q: What about my religious beliefs? 

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Q: Is there anyone who should not be hypnotized?

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[From Healthline.com] Cons of hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy does have some risks. The most dangerous is the potential to create false memories (called confabulations). Some other potential side effects are headache, dizziness, and anxiety. However, these usually fade shortly after the hypnotherapy session.

People considering hypnotherapy should first consult their doctor or psychiatrist. It is possible that hypnotherapy could worsen symptoms. People suffering from delusions, hallucinations, or other psychotic symptoms might not be the best candidates for hypnotherapy.

It’s also possible that hypnotherapy is not an effective treatment method. The therapy requires a person to focus and enter a trance state of hypnosis. For some people, this is very difficult.