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.
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.