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Is there really a way to hypnotize yourself?

Asked by thatswhatshesaid (65points) July 7th, 2008

i’ve wanted to try this for a while for serious(though not too serious) reasons….i’m just wondering how one does it.

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ebenezer's avatar

Hypnotism is a sham. You might be able to put yourself to sleep.

tinyfaery's avatar

You can put yourself in a hypnotic state, which I believe are when alpha waves occur in the brain. This is equivalent to meditation. They say you are more susceptible to suggestion when your brain is in this state, but I can’t say if that is true or not.

Look on a self-hypnosis site. No time to search for a link.

Harp's avatar

Hypnosis has three defining features: absorption, dissociation and suggestibility, any of which can be experienced apart from a hypnotic state; hypnosis can be said to be the concurrence of these elements. Heres how these three features are described in the Journal of Physiology-Paris: “Absorption is the tendency to become fully involved in a perceptual, imaginative or ideational experience. Subjects prone to this type of cognition are more highly hypnotizable than others who never fully engage in such experience (Hilgard et al., 1963 Hilgard, E.R., Lauer, L.W., Morgan, A.H., 1963. Manual for Standard Profile Scales of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Forms I and II. Palo Alto, Consulting Psychologists Press.Hilgard et al., 1963). Dissociation is the mental separation of components of behavior that would ordinarily be processed together (e.g., the dream-like state of being both actor and observer when re-experiencing autobiographical memories). This may also involve a sense of involuntariness in motor functions or discontinuities in the sensations of one part of the body compared with another. Suggestibility leads to an enhanced tendency to comply with hypnotic instructions. This represents not a loss of will but rather a suspension of critical judgment because of the intense absorption of the hypnotic state”.

Hypnosis is typically induced by following a sequence of steps, sometimes called the “induction script” (examples here). These will first lead the subject into progressively deeper states of relaxation, aiming for a total release of tension. The subject will then be lead to focus full attention on some object. When absorption in the object of focus is achieved, the suggestion is given.

The particulars of what cues and visualizations are used vary tremendously from one practitioner to the next, and some will be far more effective for certain subjects than for others, depending on their basic temperament. Some people go easily into a deep trance, while others are virtually impossible to hypnotize.

Self-hypnosis is perfectly feasible once the process is understood. The recommended way to learn is to first undergo hypnosis by a bona fide hypnotherapist, so that you can find out how susceptible you are to hypnosis and can experience what descent into a trance feels like. The therapist can even give suggestions that will make it easier for you to self-induce a trance.

Then it just becomes a matter of persistent practice. It is said to take months of regular practice to reliably self-induce, but people who become proficient at it can enter a trance almost instantly.

In case you’re wondering, I’ve done lots of reading on hypnosis because I’m interested in various aspects of consciousness, but I’ve never experienced hypnosis myself (and no, I’m not interested in hypnotizing anyone)

marinelife's avatar

As harp said, you are unlikely to be able to perform self-hypnosis without first undergoing the process from a qualified practitioner.

You carefully avoided saying why you want to do this. Self hypnosis is not something you could use for much besides inducing a relaxed, positive state. It is not, for example, something you could use to work on past trauma on your own.

Mrs_Dr_Frank_N_Furter's avatar

yes. I tried it once and I almost got it. I was also hypnotized at a fair once. I didn’t remember a thing, but it was awesome to be in that trance.

berocky1's avatar

Its extremely difficult to do to yourself. Have someone else do it.

toyhyena's avatar

Why don’t you give it a shot? (hit the “play all” button on the side there). If it doesn’t work the first time, maybe give it another shot? :)

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