I tried hypnosis before and it didn't work. Why Not? There could be several possible reasons for hypnosis to have not worked. It’s possible you were not hypnotised. It’s possible you weren't in deep enough hypnosis. You may be treating the symptom before treating the cause. Also, secondary gain issues may have prevented you from achieving your goal in hypnosis.
It’s possible you weren't Hypnotised.
It’s possible that you didn't go into hypnosis. There could be many reasons for this. Some people don’t know what to expect while going into hypnosis and are overly cautious. As a result, they don’t follow the hypnotherapist’s instructions and don't go into hypnosis. Some people do the opposite and try too hard which can also get in the way.
The solution to this is to know exactly what to expect before going into hypnosis. All good clinical hypnotherapists will conduct a thorough preliminary consultation with all new clients. This is a very important session that will explain what hypnosis is, how it works and what to expect before you attempt hypnosis. If you neglect this session you will have to learn what hypnosis is and how to do it through trial and error which is time consuming and expensive. Always check that your hypnotherapist conducts a thorough preliminary consultation with you. I consider the preliminary consultation to be the most important session and it should most definitely not be a ten minute meeting to acquaint yourself with the person you’ll be working with.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein.
Who can’t be Hypnotised? This is a common concern expressed by those on tight budgets. People on tight budgets are concerned that’ll have to pay for many hypnotherapy sessions only to discover that they can’t be hypnotised.
The good news is that very few people can’t be hypnotised. Hypnosis is an enjoyable natural state of awareness. As such, hypnosis is a state most people experience often without ever noticing. Unfortunately there isn’t an alarm that goes off in your mind every time you enter hypnosis.
The only people that can’t be hypnotised are those that don’t want to be, those that aren’t intelligent enough and those that have trouble communicating with the hypnotist.
People that don’t want to go into Hypnosis.
You can’t hypnotise people that don’t want to go into hypnosis. It’s just not going to happen. If I ask someone to close their eyes and they refuse, the session has just ended. Hypnosis is a process and if you can’t get past the first step the process is over. Hypnosis is a one-hundred-percent consent state. If there’s no consent, there’s no hypnosis.
There are many reasons for not wanting to go into hypnosis, most of which have something to do with fear.
The biggest fear most people have to do with hypnosis is that they’ll lose control of themselves and embarrass themselves. This idea usually comes from watching stage hypnosis. What these people don’t realise is that stage hypnotists only ever use volunteers. Stage hypnotist dare not use anyone that isn’t happy to be silly on stage or the person on stage will refuse to carry out the suggestion and the show will fail. People will only do what they consider reasonable and pleasing while in hypnosis.
Those that aren't intelligent Enough.
This isn’t a strategy to manipulate people into hypnosis as has been suggested to me by some of my more sceptical clients. Some people can’t follow directions. They don’t have the intellect. It’s unfortunate and frustrating, but those that can’t follow directions won’t go into hypnosis because they won’t know how to. If you’re able to read and understand this article, you’re probably intelligent enough to go into hypnosis.
Those that have trouble Communicating.
Deaf people have a really tough time following the hypnotist’s directions. Those that lip-read stop reading lips the moment their eyes close. Generally speaking, deaf people won’t be able to use a hypnotist to go into hypnosis, but this doesn’t mean that deaf people can’t be hypnotised. Deaf people will be able to learn from a text how to hypnotise themselves.
I’ve worked with a number of people that are severely hearing impaired. I found it very hard going and so did my poor clients, but it did work. It took more sessions because I to talk (shout) slower and watch carefully for understanding, but the persistent hearing impaired clients definitely won.
Those that don’t speak the language that the hypnotist speaks will also obviously not be able the directions into hypnosis. The remedy is simple; find a hypnotist that does.
Those that can’t communicate at all can’t be hypnotised as they just can’t follow the directions or learn the directions for themselves.
Other than these three types of people, everyone else can be hypnotised, usually very quickly and very easily.
The cure for Alcoholism? A French cardiologist by the name of Olivier Ameisen is claimed to have discovered the cure for alcoholism. While running his successful practice he was severely stricken by an overwhelming feeling of inadequacy. He felt like imposter waiting to be unmasked and found relief in large quantities of whisky and gin.
Having spent years in clinics without success, he heard of an American man that used Baclofen for muscle spasms and found that it helped ease his addiction for cocaine. Baclofen is a powerful muscle relaxant. On further researching Baclofen, Dr Ameisen discovered this medicine had cut addiction to alcohol or cocaine in rats.
The curious Dr Ameisen began treating himself with daily doses of five milligrams of Baclofen and he found that "the first effects were a magical muscular relaxation and baby-like sleep". Almost immediately he also detected a lessening in his desire for drink. He increased his daily dosage gradually to a maximum of 270mg of Baclofen, and found that he was "cured". He continued to take 30 to 50mg a day. Dr Ameisen died in 2013 aged sixty.
A hypnotherapists Opinion
As a Clinical Hypnotherapist I haven’t studied medicine and I’m not giving any medical advice here. But I have made some observations as a hypnotherapist and here’s my opinion: Baclofen is not a cure for alcoholism, Dr Ameisen was not cured from alcoholism and it’s doubtful that any medicine can cure alcoholism. Let me explain:
Baclofen is not a cure for Alcoholism
Alcoholism is a form of self-medication. Alcoholics are just people that use alcohol to relax themselves. Swopping alcohol for Baclofen as such is not a cure; it’s just employing a different muscle relaxant. At best it’s a treatment for alcoholism and comes with side effects.
Dr Ameisen was not cured from Alcoholism
While I am pleased that Dr Ameisen found some relief from alcohol, he was still not free from it. Instead of being dependant on alcohol, Dr Ameisen became dependent on Baclofen as he continued to take 30 to 50mg a day. If he stopped taking Baclofen would he not still need alcohol? Would he have reverted back to alcohol or would he have found another substance in its place?
It’s doubtful that any medicine can cure Alcoholism
Dr Ameisen was treating the symptoms of alcoholism and not the cause of alcoholism. It’s clear that in his case at least that the cause was emotional and not physical. He felt inadequate. He felt like an imposter. These feelings caused him distress which in turn made him tense. He used alcohol or Baclofen to suppress the tension in his body. He merely suppressed the symptoms (effects) of the emotions and did not treat the emotional cause.
Dr Ameisen was a physician, and physicians are trained to treat the physical. I am sure that as long as he felt inadequate about himself he would need something to suppress the tension in his body. I don't know of any medicine that can deal with a person’s feelings of inadequacy.
Why is Analytical Hypnotherapy Different?
To outright cure alcoholism I propose two things need to be done. First, the cause of the alcoholism needs to be removed and second the habit of using alcohol has to be removed. Instead of treating the symptoms it would be far better to find the emotional cause and fix it. The emotional cause in this case was a feeling of inadequacy as described by Dr Ameisen himself. As Jung said “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Emotions are generated in the subconscious mind.
As a hypnotherapist I would have helped Dr Ameisen find the reason for this feeling. I would have helped him to become conscious of whatever made him feel inadequate at an unconscious level. I would then have helped this doctor to change this incorrect opinion of himself permanently. I would help him to feel worthy. This can only be done at a subconscious level and would lead to a more relaxed mind and body. He would have been more at peace with himself.
With his self-confidence restored I would then have spend several sessions with him helping him to remove the habit portion of drinking problem. Habits are subconscious too.
I think this method of treating alcoholism is a more permanent and satisfactory method than using medication.
Can anyone be hypnotised? I hear this question all the time from people that are concerned they'll have to pay for hypnotherapy only to discover they don't have the ability to go into hypnosis.
To set your mind at ease, we now know that just about anyone can be hypnotised, but only if they want to be.
In the eighteen hundreds it was thought that only a small percentage of people could be hypnotised. They used very slow, cumbersome methods and they didn't have a good grasp on the nature of consciousness then. Their thinking was definitely wrong. Fortunately we've come a long way since then even though this perception still remains in some circles.
Newcomers to hypnotherapy need not worry. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of awareness that most people experience spontaneously and often. Most people are not aware of being in this spontaneous altered state of awareness. There isn't a light that comes on in your head when you move into hypnosis. Hypnosis is as natural as breathing and it’s just as easy as breathing. As such, almost everyone can go into hypnosis if they want to. Hypnosis is far easier done than said.
Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to go into hypnosis on their own and so they need to use a hypnotist to help them. The hypnotist's job is to direct them into hypnosis. To allow a hypnotist to guide you into hypnosis you need three things: intelligence, communication and consent.
Generally, there’s no need to be concerned about your ability to go into hypnosis. It’s a very pleasant and easy-to-reach state of awareness. The best advice I can give you is to just enjoy the relaxation and follow your hypnotist’s directions.
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.