There are a lot of questions and many misconceptions about hypnosis. Let’s see if we can delve into some of them:

What Is A Hypnotic State?

Movies and carnival type hucksters would have us believe that hypnosis is a zombie-like state. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hypnosis is actually a state of hyper-focus. You are totally focused on relaxation. This allows your subconscious mind to take over, and the fact is, the subconscious is way more fun-loving and affable than the conscious mind.

You are aware of what’s going on around you. You are simply very relaxed and your subconscious mind is very open to suggestion, which allows for the fun of allowing these suggestions to seem very real. Very much like a dream, as, of course, dreams are also a function of the subconscious.

Will I Do Terrible Things I’ll Regret Forever Or Give Away Secrets While Hypnotized?

Absolutely not! Contrary to what some Hollywood offerings would have you believe, hypnosis has no elements of truth serum to it. While in a hypnotic state, you are aware of what’s going on, and IN NO WAY do you lose any of your morality or principles. Having your subconscious mind front and center does not deter your sensibilities and instincts for self-preservation in any way.

For instance, while hypnotized you would very likely be willing to accept a suggestion to sing like an operatic diva, but you definitely would not accept a suggestion to stab the person to your left. Your morality and better judgement would NEVER allow it, as they wouldn’t when utilizing your conscious mind!

That is, of course, unless you find the idea of stabbing the person to your left to be normally perfectly acceptable. If that’s the case, please don’t volunteer to come on stage…and get help.

Can Anyone Be Hypnotized?

For the most part, yes. Except in the case of mental disorders, everyone can be hypnotized. People fall into hypnosis all the time. For instance, when taking a drive, have you ever reached your destination and you don’t remember the trip getting there at all? That’s hypnosis!

As long as you are able to concentrate and are a willing participant in the process, you will be able to be hypnotized. Generally, intelligent and creative minds are excellent hypnotic subjects as they are able to concentrate well and are eager to explore new things.

Is There A Way To Prevent Myself From Being Hypnotized?

Yes, but it’s very tricky and it’s a trade secret that is closely guarded, but I’m willing to share it with you now… Are you ready?… To prevent yourself from being hypnotized, you have to…


That’s it! Entering a state of hypnosis is a process of you and the hypnotist working together to help you find that state of total relaxation and laser focus. You will hear many people who know nothing of hypnotism proudly proclaiming that they cannot be hypnotized, as they are far too smart, way too strong of will or some other nonsense. The truth is, if you don’t want to be hypnotized, you would simply not follow the hypnotist’s directions and you would not enter a hypnotic state. That’s why, you should only volunteer to be a part of the on-stage fun at a hypnosis show if you’re truly into the idea of having a great time and experiencing the relaxation and great overall feeling of hypnosis.

Can A Suggestion Given To Me During Hypnosis Accidentally Stay With Me Forever and Have Me Clucking Like A Chicken Every Time Someone Says The Word, “Hello”?

This is a common concern, but the truth is, a silly suggestion of any sort could never be long-lasting. You see, if while onstage you were told that every time you hear the word, “car” you would make the sound of a horn honking, and that suggestion was not removed by the hypnotist, once your conscious mind took back over all your thought processes, you would realize that you’re doing something silly and just stop.

For instance, suggestions given during clinical hypnosis for stopping smoking stay with you because your conscious mind is in total agreement with the fact that this is a good idea. Therefore, it has no issue at all with accepting the subconscious’ suggestion that you are no longer a smoker. Your conscious mind is likely to never believe that running around making random horn honk sounds is a good idea, so it will just squash the subconscious suggestion.