Mark Patrick
Contributor

Can A Skeptical Person Be Hypnotized?

The answer is…

Yes.

Well, actually it depends.

First of all, here is how this works.

Typically a skeptical person is a very analytical person.

Teachers, Engineers and Law Enforcement officers tend to be highly analytical personalities.

Their conscious, or analytical, side of their brains works in fourth gear all the time!!!

What this means is that it analyzes information at the speed of light and it is programmed to always look for the imperfections or for what is not right. Basically, analytical personalities are problem solvers, and many times they have difficulty relaxing. The great news about hypnosis is that you just need to relax to the best of your ability for it to work.

Does that make them more negative and not able to be hypnotized?

Not at all!

Some of the best success stories have been very analytical personalities.

So how do you get hypnosis to work for you?

Great question!

As it turns out, the open-mindedness you employ when solving problems, and your ability to lose track of time while doing so, are what make you a good candidate for hypnotherapy.

Here are five steps you can take to ensure that you’ll have a successful and productive hypnotherapy session:

Understand how hypnotherapy works

Hypnosis occurs when you’re fully relaxed and your mind wanders somewhere between full consciousness and sleep. This altered state, or trance, is when the mind is open to positive suggestions. When it was learned that most of our ingrained habits come from our subconscious, it became clear why so many people fail at change. It’s why willpower is not enough to get people to quit bad habits or behaviors — because we’re never consciously aware of the patterns or memories that rule us. That’s why the power of suggestion given to me via hypnosis got me unstuck. And contrary to popular belief, I remember exactly what went on during my sessions. Now I can employ it without having to think about it consciously when I’m faced with temptation or I’m in danger of slipping back into old habits.

Just do your research. Hypnotherapy is the right decision.

Take fear out of the equation

No one can hypnotize you into doing something you don’t want to do. Forget those scary old Hollywood movies and the Las Vegas lounge acts; hypnotherapy doesn’t work like that. You probably already knew that, but it still needed to be said.

Hypnosis operates by getting you to do something you already want to do. For example, I wanted to ditch my fear of flying. Now, when the plane I’m on experiences turbulence, I associate the choppy air with a bumpy road and I get right back to my Sudoku puzzle. You can do the same.

Ask all the questions you want

Any qualified hypnotherapist will want to put you at ease. Feel free to ask questions upfront. What are your credentials? Do you specialize? How many people have you helped with my specific problem? On average, how many sessions should someone with the same problem as me require? Will my private session be kept private? What happens during a hypnotherapy session? When are you available?

Write your questions down ahead of time if necessary.

Prepare yourself physically and mentally

Choose a place and time for your hypnotherapy session where you can be relaxed, and where you know you won’t be interrupted. Have a protein-filled snack, like a handful of almonds, if it’s close to mealtime. Wear comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing. Power-off your smartphone, even though it’s probably practically attached to you. But you don’t want it vibrating during your session.

And this is perhaps the most important piece of advice you can get. Book a session when you can quiet your brain, rather than thinking about your to-do list and what still remains to be crossed off today. Mental relaxation is as important as being comfortable. During your session, you will be letting go and allowing your hypnotherapist to be in charge.

Be goal-oriented

Hypnotherapy works best when you know exactly what behavior you’re trying to reinforce, or exactly what behaviors you’d like to avoid. For example, if you want to lose weight, be honest: are potato chips or donuts your personal Kryptonite? Do your own analysis, and see if you can identify triggers for overeating: consider timing, place, and mood. And how do you talk to yourself when you give in to temptation?

Exploring these issues will help your hypnotherapist help you attain your goal.

Final thoughts

Upon analysis, I realized hypnotherapy could help me. Once I did my research and realized my fears about hypnosis were groundless, I was ready to get down to work. I prepared myself to be successful—and I was. And you can be too! If you have behaviors that aren’t serving you, habits that may be contributing to poor health, get to work on them through hypnotherapy. The power of the mind is absolutely amazing when it is harnessed to positive suggestions.