While hypnosis can be effective in helping people cope with pain, stress and anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy is considered the first line treatment for these conditions. Hypnosis isnt right for everyone, though. For example, you may not be able to enter a state of hypnosis fully enough to make it effective.
Can you really be hypnotized?
Not everyone can be hypnotized, but two thirds of adults can, and people who are easily hypnotized tend to be more trusting of others, more intuitive and more likely to get so caught up in a good movie or play that they forget theyre watching one, Spiegel explains.
Is hypnosis scientifically proven?
Even though stage hypnotists and TV shows have damaged the public image of hypnosis, a growing body of scientific research supports its benefits in treating a wide range of conditions, including pain, depression, anxiety and phobias. Recent studies have confirmed its effectiveness as a tool to reduce pain.
How many times do you have to be hypnotized for it to work?
Although one session can be helpful for some people, most therapists will tell you to begin hypnosis therapy with four to five sessions. After that phase, you can discuss how many more sessions are needed. You can also talk about whether any maintenance sessions are needed as well.