Having a variety of tools gives you flexibility, and flexibility in the use of hypnotic tools gives you power and finesse. The more flexible you can be, the more people you can help. If you have one tool, you can only help the people for whom that tool fits.
That metaphor could get old really fast, but the point is valid. Having a variety of hypnosis techniques at your fingertips allows you to change with your subjects' needs.
There are a lot of misconceptions about hypnosis. Moreover, even some of the most adventurous and open minds might be curious and open, but still cautious. A lot of people may not understand that being hypnotized, or hypnotizing someone else, is both more complicated, and more simple, than the myths that abound on the subject. Here are our answers to some of the most common questions about hypnosis.
Can you get stuck in hypnosis
What if I can't be hypnotized?
Is hypnosis mind control
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I feel there some kind of joke here about changing light bulbs would be in order.
There is a lot of conflicting information out there. However, I think it is mostly agreed upon that most people can get some use out of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. To clarify, hypnosis can be accessible to a lot more people with hypnotist or hypnotherapist that is skilled and versatile.
If the hypnotist is stuck on one way of doing hypnosis, or uses the same script for every individual, then they will probably only be effective with a small percentage of the population.
The "official" statistic, in other words the one most often used, is that approximately 20% of the population can be hypnotized. However, this is misleading, in my opinion, because the studies from which this data is taken are done in controlled environments with specific scripts that are NOT tailored to the individual.
In order for the most people possible to have access to the seeming magic of being hypnotized, hypnotists must be able to work with the individual, not scripts, not canned sessions. Each subject is an individual with their own filters, thoughts, attachments, etc. When working one on one, the master hypnotist will learn what works, and what doesn't, for that specific individual.
So sure, if you go to a stage hypnosis show as entertainment, maybe that 20% number would apply. However, Hypnosis101 is about hypnosis as it can be applied to individuals to effect relaxation, change, and so much more.
Questions along the lines of "Are you going to make me cluck like a chicken?" are so common I can't even begin to guess at how many times I have heard them. For the chicken one in particular, my standard answer is,"Only if you want to".