In the past I felt uncomfortable, but have now come to enjoy, the look on people’s faces when they ask, ‘So what do YOU do’ and I respond, “I am a hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner”. The look of surprise, wonder, fear, intrigue, and curiosity swirl into a definitely unique picture perfect moment.
People respond to the idea of hypnosis in one of 3 ways:
1) Many people step right into sharing their own personal experience of how hypnosis transformed their life
2) Others open up with intense curiosity and want to know more about how hypnosis can help them solve a current problem, or motivate them into action.
3) The last group shuts down and literally takes a step back, moving away in fear, often asking “Are you hypnotizing me now?”
The fact is, you will only go into hypnosis if you choose to (see the article on Myth Busters). In reality, hypnosis is a wonderful tool for releasing fear: fear of flying, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of relationships, fear of being alone, fear of what ‘may or may not’ happen in the future (also known as worry).
Hypnosis helps to ‘fill that empty space inside’, the space people attempt to fill with with bad habits and patterns: such as smoking, drinking, overeating, unhealthy relationships and negative emotions like anger, resentment, and anxiety. These habits take up an enormous amount of energy, and while they may somewhat ‘fill the void’ they can be unpleasant and unrewarding, if not downright unhealthy.
Hypnosis can replace bad habits with more beneficial behaviors and replace negative emotions with ‘feel good’ feelings!