I’ve been asked if everyone is hypnotizable. My answer to them is never a straight yes or no. I truly believe that everyone is hypnotizable. There are differences between clients and how well or how quickly they respond. I believe there is a great deal of preparation one can do to increase the success of the session. I have had two clients that struggled with getting into trance. As a therapist, I often fall into the trap of…”if it works well, I did a good job… if it didn’t, it must be something the client did.” Own my successes, blame the failures…. No, wait… that’s not true.
Anyway. One male client just couldn’t go into a deep enough trance. He responded well to relaxation, but couldn’t get any deeper. My office building was particularly louder that day and my client simply did not respond to the suggestion of letting the sounds around him bring him deeper into trance (as opposed to not paying attention to them… it’s really hard to not pay attention to something… my favorite, and you can try this right now… is to not pay attention to the thought of a blue horse… what’s the first thing that popped into your head?). Sometimes it just doesn’t work. The other situation was with a lady that, for lack of a better way to put it, was just too high strung. She could not (and I truly think this is the deciding factor contributing to successful hypnosis) get past the concept of locus of control. Most people struggle with hypnosis because they simply do not want to give their power to someone else, and in their mind they truly believe they are giving their power up to me. Those have been the only two so far. Not bad.
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