The simple answer is No. Hypnosis cannot change you. It can however help you make the changes you genuinely want to make in order to change. Hypnosis is not some form of mind control – No one can be made to do anything they don’t want to do. In fact, the second any suggestion is made which makes you feel uncomfortable you will snap straight out of trance.
The trance is simply a state in which you are focusing on one thing, to the exclusion of everything else. I am sure that you have watched a film and lost track of what is going on around you, or those of you that drive, will have arrived home without remembering the actually journey. Both of those were trances, it feels like daydreaming.
Hypnosis works through the use of Hypnotic language. It is used all the time and is just the clever combination of words, in such a way that it confuses the conscious mind so that it can bypass conscious resistance. Whilst the conscious is struggling to understand, all the relevant information has been absorbed by the unconscious and the changes are beginning.
Hypnosis cannot change a person, but it can change the behaviour of the person. Now behaviour is a subject that I can write many pages on, but in brief if you were not born with the ability to do something, then it is a behaviour that you have learnt.
As behaviour is in the process of being learnt, you are consciously aware of the processes, but once the behaviour is learnt it feels automatic. The processes that make the behaviour happen are occurring in the unconscious mind. As hypnosis works directly with the unconscious mind, it allows you to directly change the ‘programming’ of the behaviour.
Hypnotherapy requires collaboration and trust between you and the therapist. As the client, you have come to the therapist because you want change. The therapist will guide you and give you the information and skills you need, but they cannot make that change for you, that will always be down to you.
Hypnotherapy cannot take away your effort, but it can help you by making it easier. Hypnosis can show you the short cut to the change you desire!
NLP is a methodology, it’s an attitude of curiosity, of wanting to understand how ‘something’ is done. It is a set of techniques that allow you to create amazing results!