What Is Hypnosis?

Many people think that hypnosis is a mystical ability to manipulate people and make them do things they wouldn’t ‘normally’ do.


This couldn’t be further from truth.


Hypnosis is a natural state of our mind, like breathing or sleeping.

It’s simply an ability to accept information or ideas without critically analysing it.


Humans naturally go in and out of hypnosis several times a day without realising it.


What Hypnosis Is

If you are afraid of hypnosis and the potential negative impact, rest assured it’s just a result of myths and fears that an average person would have.

When in hypnosis you will:

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Feel totally normal and usual, just

more relaxed,

as if you were daydreaming

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Understand everything that’s going on

Remain in control and choose how to react, what to say and do

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Be able to stop the session at any moment should you wish so

Remember everything

after the session.

When in hypnosis you won't:

Lose consciousness and ‘black out’

Be under someone’s control

Say or do anything that you wouldn’t normally do.

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If you would like to know more information about Hypnosis, please watch the

videos below.

How The Mind Works

This video explains:

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What hypnosis is

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Examples of this every day hypnosis

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Why humans go in and out of hypnosis at any time

How Does Hypnosis Occur?

Consensual hypnosis is a result of just two factors:

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The guidance from the hypnotherapist

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Your compliance with their guidance

The guidance uses simple language, "look ay my hand" , "close your eyes", "imagine there is a tree", etc.

I have never seen a person who was unable to follow the guidance.

When you follow the therapist’ instructions you go into hypnosis. If you carry on, then you will gradually go deeper and become receptive to new information and ideas


Exactly what’s needed for successful therapy.

People do better with practice, and after a few repetitions anyone can learn to go into hypnosis quickly and easily.

Emerging from hypnosis is even easier than going into it - you simply need to stop focusing on your internal experiences and start paying attention to the world around you.

At the end of the hypnotic session your therapist will emerge you from hypnosis, but if you wish you can do it all by yourself by simply opening your eyes — in a matter of minutes the hypnotic state will simply vanish.

One of my clients has volunteered to give her personal view on hypnotic experience:

Think for yourself, if hypnosis was dangerous or difficult to obtain:

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Would police and court still need to exist — one hypnotist would be able to resolve even most complicated cases?

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Would it be used by the British Medical Association since 1955?

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Would it be used for pain relief in dentistry, surgery or even childbirth?

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Would it be a part of a recommended treatment by NHS for digestive issues (like IBS, etc.), smoking cessation and obesity?

For a deeper understanding of hypnosis and how it functions, you can watch these four short videos

These videos talk about:


The levels of the human mind

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Their characteristics and protection mechanisms

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What 'critical factor' is and why working with it is essential for successful hypnotherapy.

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Unconscious Mind

we’re born with it, and it allows us functioning as physical bodies, using bio-chemistry to bring to life our experiences and emotions.

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Subconscious Mind

Starts forming after birth and serves as a huge storage of all experiences and memories that over time form beliefs and traits of character which are hard to change once established. It’s believed to take up to 98% of our mind.


Conscious Mind

It’s a logical reasoning that develops with age, until approx. 20 y.o. It’s very limited in its capacity, and its focus changes constantly. Hence why it’s very difficult to make any personal change only based on logic.

The Critical Factor

Protects the Subconscious and insures stability and status quo. Acts as a filter and has it’s own idea of what’s good and what’s not, often different from our’s. Hence it plays a critical role is the process of change

How Issues Appear

Watch this short video describing how the issues appear

The key elements of this video to take on board are:

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The critical factor is your critical thinking function

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Over time, the number of irrational beliefs may grow and, in turn, produce an issue


It constantly compares the new ideas and intentions with the existing ones that reside in your subconscious mind

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All your conscious efforts to solve the issue may not work due to the critical factor, which will be protecting ‘the status quo’ by hooks or by crooks and resist changes.

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If you already have any limiting irrational beliefs, then the critical factor will only allow for the information that supports and reinforces them

Hence, if you really want to change the state of affairs and get rid of the issue once and for all, you need to switch off the critical factor to make the desired change. And it’s done easiest in hypnosis.

Accepting Change

Hypnosis is simply a focused state of attention; so focused that the usual critical thinking that takes part in any information processing or decision making gets temporarily bypassed.

When this happens, the door gets opened for the new useful ideas about self or to clean up the old and limiting ones. 

When the limiting ideas disappear, they take the root cause of the issues away, so the problem disappears with all its symptoms.

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The new healthy and useful ideas get installed into the subconscious mind and become an integral part of the

person’s identity — renewed and strengthened.

Frequently asked questions

What if I can't be hypnotised?

Anyone can be hypnotised, if they want it and can follow some simple instructions (like ‘Close your eyes’, ‘Relax your muscles’, etc.). Have you ever day dreamt? Then you can go into hypnosis, it’s that similar (and simple!). The main reason why people are not ready to go into hypnosis is their fears. That’s why I spend so much time and effort to explain everything here, answer all the questions and de-bust all the myths, so you would feel confident and comfortable. The only people that can’t go into hypnosis are people with some mental health issues, as their concentration of attention is low. But hypnosis is contra-indicated for such people, any way.

What if I ‘get stuck’ in hypnosis?

The closest analogy to hypnosis is day dreaming. Can you easily stop dreaming? Same with hypnosis. You simply can’t stuck in it. It only lasts while you’re following the hypnotherapists’ instructions to remain in hypnosis, or to emerge from hypnosis. And if for any reason you decide to stop following the hypnotherapist’s instructions, you’ll emerge from hypnosis spontaneously in a few minutes.

I’ve heard about ‘clinical hypnosis’, what is it?

That’s just another name for hypnotherapy. It’s used to stress the differences from stage hypnosis which is done purely for entertainment purposes. You may comes across a term ‘clinical hypnotherapy’. This is simply a marketing trick - there is no method of hypnotherapy that would be classed as ‘clinical’ and wouldn’t be used by ‘normal’ hypnotherapy. This is just an attempt to add some medical image to something that is not — and doesn’t need to be — medicine, and as such is a pure manipulation.

What is ‘gypsy hypnosis’?

One can only be hypnotised if they agree and want it. Gypsies don’t use hypnosis, contrary to popular belief. What they do is a pure manipulation and distraction of attention. Gipsies are believed to have some mystical powers and and can apply curses and spells if not given money. Though it’s not true, gipsies are aware of those beliefs and skilfully use them. It’s simply an influence technique, nothing more. Besides, a person who’s been under such influence and given their money away feels a lot more comfortable saying that they had been ‘hypnotised’ and all their money taken than admitting he was a victim of own superstition and fears and preferred to pay, just in case. That’s why the myth about ‘gypsy hypnosis’ continues living.

Can you explain how stage hypnosis works? I’ve seen people doing strangest of things when on stage…

Stage hypnosis is, above all, a show. It’s specially designed to entertain and amuse people. For maximum effect the hypnotist needs to find high suggestible people in the audience. Such people do exist, but they make 1-2% of total population. That’s why hypnotic shows require big audience - so that there is choice. You won’t see a show for a small audience. To start with, the hypnotist checks the suggestibility levels, and only invites those on stage who are most suggestible and wants to participate (i.e. they already are prepared to follow instructions). Then during the show the hypnotist continues filtering participants, to the point when he only has 1 or 2 most suggestible ones. And those are the people who make the show for him. You can watch this TED talk called “Is Hypnosis Fake?” to see what I mean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RA2Zy_IZfQ The good news is that for successful hypnotherapy you don’t need to have such high suggestibility, just an average is more than enough. How do you know it? well, if you’ve ever been able to close your eyes and day dream, you know you’ve got it! You are suggestible enough to successfully participate in your hypnotherapy.

What are contra-indicators for hypnosis?

Hypnosis is contra-indicated for any mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, psychosis, bi-polar disorder, and some others. Hypnosis is allowed for use with mentally healthy people, but your therapist needs to be aware of any medical diagnoses that you may have (of any kind) — so they could adjust the session accordingly, in particular going into and out of hypnosis.