Understanding Hypnosis

Hypnosis – Hypnotherapy Bath

There are two sides to hypnosis. Stage hypnosis (the hypnotist) and that utilising therapy (the hypnotherapist).  There is a big difference between the two. I hope this helps break down any myths or barriers for people considering the positive use of hypnosis. Whether to alleviate a habit, change a behaviour or deal with an unwanted reaction to a situation or event.

Many hypnotherapists shun stage hypnotists as making a mockery of what is a therapeutic tool, that has a negative impact on the good name of hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is big business. stage hypnotists can potentially earn a great deal of money using this technique to embarrass or ridicule their audience. These skills required to induce a hypnotic trance being easily accessible and with no formal regulated body to oversee any unscrupulous performers.  Using publications, often found on the internet, it is easy for anybody to set up as a stage hypnotist. Unfortunately, there are also other guides to becoming a stage hypnotist written by less scrupulous individuals.

Becoming a stage hypnotist is easy, you need no formal qualification and to learn the techniques involved is a simple and fast process. No regulated body or society’s governing the way professionals practice. Unlike hypnotherapy where there are bodies, societies and groups specifically developed for the enhancement of good practice as well as moral and ethical considerations.

Naturally, the secrets of stage hypnosis have been closely guarded over the years, as magicians, eager to enhance their persuasive powers, welcomed the public’s wonderment at their mesmeric gaze! Little did the public know that the hypnotist was not special, they possessed no secret powers, and underneath the dark buttoned up shirt and neatly trimmed ‘goatee-beard’ they were just the same as everyone else!

Stage hypnosis does however often demonstrate the power of hypnosis. It is able to do this more so than hypnotherapy, due to the very nature of a stage performance. The main aim for any stage hypnotist is to put get the participant into a hypnotic trance. In a therapeutic situation a client walks into the practice and the therapist has to deal with whatever issue they present. If the client is not particularly responsive or resists entering trance, then the therapy will be a little less effective. On the stage however, the hypnotist can choose from the entire audience of would be entertainers. Everyone there knows what happens and any volunteer is automatically game for a laugh, wanting their fifteen minutes of fame, albeit sometimes a humiliating one.

Gaining audience approval and wonderment, who in turn tell their friends and the hypnotist can earn even more money. This for the vast majority is why they do it. To extract as much money as they can, in the shortest amount of time, using the least resources. After all, that’s just good business sense surely.

Hypnotherapists remember, use the power of hypnosis, only for positive and helpful reasons.

Stage hypnosis is very simple to perform; it requires no special skill and anybody can do it.

As a stage hypnotist, they are an entertainer; hypnosis is just a tool and the volunteer from the audience just a prop to get the end result.

The stage hypnotist becomes adapt at recognising those who are suggestible at going into trance and are able to do so very quickly. Not everyone will be as suggestible as the hypnotist would need.

When asking for volunteers they inevitably have too many. This gives the hypnotist the opportunity to whittle the group down to those that not only respond well to hypnosis, but are also a natural exhibitionist.

Hypnotherapy and hypnosis from Tim Langhorn - hypnotherapist, counsellor, life coach and children's therapist

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