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.