It’s pretty common for people to believe that they are somehow beyond the influence of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. In some cases, these are people who have listened to a couple of hypnotherapy downloads and saw no immediate results… so they assume they can’t be hypnotized. In other cases, people believe that they know all the “tricks” to hypnosis, so they can’t be affected by a recording or a live hypnotherapy session.
The truth is, though, that virtually everyone is capable of achieving results through hypnosis. You might believe that you’re fully conscious and that the suggestions you’re hearing are having no effect… but as long as the hypnotherapist is properly trained, there will still be positive change going on under the surface.
Just to illustrate my point: I’s like you to close your eyes and think of a big, juicy cheeseburger (or a veggie burger, if you prefer). Envision the thick burger patty glistening with juice, nestled perfectly in a sesame seed bun with bright yellow mustard peeking out around the edge of the top bun. Take a deep breath and savor the aromas. In your mind, take a bite and experience the savory taste of the burger contrasting with the fresh, acidic flavor of the onions and tomatoes.
Did you experience the senses I described? Chances are, your mind conjured up the sights, smells, and tastes just as if the burger was actually sitting on a plate in front of you. You might have even noticed your stomach growling.
If you successfully “experienced” the burger – even for just a few seconds – congratulations! You have the ability to benefit from hypnotherapy! You’ve also just seen that hypnosis is nothing you haven’t experienced before – any time your mind is absorbed in something that isn’t actually there, you’ve achieved a hypnotic state on some level.
(By the way, many people who can benefit from hypnosis consider themselves logical, skeptical, and strong–willed. And they are. This little experiment simply shows that these traits do not prevent most people from absorbing the suggestions and cues of hypnosis therapy.)