Is it normal to feel nervous the first time I’m Hypnotised? Almost all of my clients feel a little nervous about going into hypnosis for the first time. The reason most people feel a little nervous about hypnosis the first time is because they’re concerned, at some level, about losing control or blurting out their secrets. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. You are always in control while in hypnosis.
Most of these erroneous perceptions come from the world of entertainment. Cartoons, stage hypnosis and novels create the false impression that the hypnotist has some power over the person going into hypnosis.
This is obviously wrong. If you think about it rationally for a moment, hypnosis would be outlawed if it could make people lose control of themselves. Hypnosis would be illegal if it could get people to do things they didn’t want to do. Do you honestly think politicians would allow me, or any other hypnotist, to practice hypnotherapy if it meant I could get you to vote for me instead of them?
The facts are very simple. People will only do what they consider both reasonable and pleasing while in hypnosis. A suggestion that is reasonable but not pleasing will not be accepted and nor will a suggestion that’s pleasing but not reasonable. Stage hypnotists will only use volunteers and the volunteers must all think that it’s reasonable and pleasing to act the fool for the audience or the show will fail. Watch the last scene in the short video below to see what I mean.
I realise of course that just because I told that you’re in control probably won’t prevent you from feeling a little nervous about your first session. It’s normal to have a measure of fear for the unknown. That’s perfectly okay. A good hypnotherapist will be aware of this and will help you to understand what hypnosis is and how it works during the preliminary consultation. A good hypnotherapist will work with you at your pace until you’re feeling comfortable with the process. Only then, and with your permission, will your hypnotherapist guide you into hypnosis so you can experience it. A preliminary consultation isn't a brief meeting with the practitioner so you can meet. It’s a very important session designed to help you to become comfortable with the process so you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money learning through trial and error.
Most people are surprised to discover that hypnosis feels very much like sitting in a comfortable chair with your eyes closed while you listen to someone else giving you directions. Which reminds me; with hypnosis there is no injecting. There is no cutting, stitching or diagnosing. You don’t have to swallow chemicals or breathe in any gasses either. Registered hypnotherapists are required to abide by strict codes of conduct and ethics. All the hypnotherapist ever does is talk to you and so there’s no need to be nervous at all, but it’s okay if you are.
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.