Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Hypnosis: What it's Not!

Someone asked me the other day if it was possible to hypnotize yourself to become a genius.

I said yes and no. If you’re a genius not living up to your full potential, then yes, you can hypnotize yourself to be the genius you truly are. If you’re not a genius, you’re out of luck.

In a nutshell, that’s what hypnosis can and cannot do. It can help you improve on what you already have. It cannot give you a talent you don’t already possess in some measure. If you are already an athlete, hypnosis can help you become a better athlete. If you sit on the sofa all day and need motivation to go out and get some exercise, hypnosis can help you get that motivation. But, don’t expect to become an all-star runner if you absolutely have no ability in that area.

Can hypnosis make someone rob a bank? Yes – if that’s what he or she was going to do anyway. But, for most of us non-bank robbing individuals, hypnosis cannot make us go out and rob a bank against our wills

Hypnosis, really, is about you taking control of your life.

If there’s anyone out there who would like to share their thoughts on hypnosis and other “mind over matter” topics, feel free to share your thoughts (from those who’ve been hypnotized to other hypnotists/hypnotherapists).

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