In the past, I’ve heard a few concerns regarding hypnosis. The most common are:
- Is hypnosis fake?
- Is hypnosis only for weak-minded people?
- Will I lose control during hypnosis?
Is hypnosis fake?
In a prior article, I’ve detailed how the objective is for the client to become relaxed. And, relaxed to where the client is in the Theta Brain Frequency State. It is my suggestion that most people aren’t familiar with being in the Theta State, for sustained periods, as it is the frequency just above The Delta Sleep State. Most people probably don’t recognize passing through the Theta State into the Delta State when they fall asleep.
I would suggest that hypnosis is not fake and is a natural process. The client moves from the Beta State of typical consciousness to the relaxed Alpha State and then into the deeply relaxed state of Theta. My objective is to assist the client to maintain the relaxed state during the process. The client is conscious and aware.
Is hypnosis only for weak-minded people?
I would suggest the opposite seems to be true. Since the client controls the process, the client is maintaining the Theta State in order to achieve their objective. If the client is maintaining the relaxed state, the client may have acquired a new skill. The client may now have learned to enter the Theta State by using self-hypnosis. This would seem to suggest the client has a learned ability to manage their mental state. This wouldn’t seem to indicate a weak mind.
Will I lose control with hypnosis?
I think the above indicates the client is in control of the process. Movies and television tend to portray the “hypnotic subject” as a zombie under the command of the hypnotist. That does provide effective drama or humor. However, I’ve had clients ask questions, shake their head yes or no, readjust in their chair, and take a drink of water, all while in a relaxed state. If I were to leave the room while the client was relaxed, they might return to the Beta State of typical consciousness, when they were ready, or they could go to sleep. The former is more likely.
I hope the above has answered the common concerns I hear regarding hypnosis. My experience is the client is in a natural comfortable state and in control of that state.
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There are several different types of brainwaves, which are characterized by their frequency range. Here is a summary of the most common brainwave frequencies and their associated brain states:
- Delta brainwaves (0.5-4 Hz) are associated with deep sleep and unconsciousness.
- Theta brainwaves (4-7 Hz) are associated with deep relaxation, meditation, and creativity.
- Alpha brainwaves (7-13 Hz) are associated with relaxation, calmness, and a sense of well-being.
- Beta brainwaves (13-30 Hz) are associated with alertness, focus, and concentration.
- Gamma brainwaves (30-100 Hz) are associated with higher states of consciousness, learning, and memory.
It’s important to note that these associations are not absolute and can vary depending on the context. Additionally, the brain can generate brainwaves across a wide range of frequencies, and the specific functions, and mental states associated with each frequency band, can vary somewhat depending on the individual and the task they are performing.
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