Frequently Asked Questions about
Hypnosis and Self-hypnosis
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It is certainly not uncommon to have questions, sometimes many questions, about hypnosis and self-hypnosis. Heck, I've spent most of my adult life (and part of my youth) studying this subject and I still have questions — be wary of anyone who claims to have all the answers. So although I don't know it all, I do know quite a bit about the subject and what follows are my answers to some of the more common questions that may be on your mind. —Henderson

What is self-hypnosis used for?

How many things can I work on at one time with with self-hypnosis?

How can self-hypnosis help me quit smoking?

Does it work for weight loss?

Can I use self-hypnosis for things like interpersonal relationships?

Speaking in public terrifies me. Will self-hypnosis help me get over that?

Can I improve sports performance with self-hypnosis?

How about pain control?

Can it help me get along on less sleep?

Can I cure my insomnia with self-hypnosis?

Can I use it to make better grades in school?

Is self-hypnosis as effective as being hypnotized by someone else?

Is hypnosis just a new, flash-in-the-pan kind of fad?

Is self-hypnosis safe?

I understand that people learn more about themselves when they begin to practice self-hypnosis. What if I discover something I don't want to know?

Will the regular practice of self-hypnosis make me more suggestible?

Do you lose consciousness when you practice self- hypnosis?

Should I record an induction talk to listen to?

Can you recommend a good hypnotherapist?

What if I can't wake up?

Can everyone learn use self-hypnosis, and how easy is it?

Are meditation and hypnosis different?

Do I have to believe in hypnosis for it to work?

How long does it take?

Why not just use willpower?

Can I use hypnosis to make my girlfriend/boyfriend have sex with me?

"What is self-hypnosis used for?"
Self-hypnosis can be used for just about anything that depends on your own efforts. "Your own efforts," incidentally, is a much broader category than most people think. For instance, it includes many of the autonomically mediated functions (those things your body does without conscious involvement, like breathing, heart, and so on). So your use of self-hypnosis is not limited to just those things you consciously do and control.

A complete list of all of the ways in which self-hypnosis has been used would be too long and probably impossible to compile. However, here is a partial list of applications:

Academic Applications

 Class participation fears  • Communication apprehension • Focus, attention span • Learning • Memory (see Memory, below) • Presentation skills • Sleep assisted learning • Stage fright • Study skills • Subject mental block removal

Addictions (chemical or substance)


Career and occupational state of mind • Family relations • Interpersonal attitudes about self and others • School-related attitudes • Work ethic, mental habits

Cancer (definite but limited or sporadic success)

Career Enhancement

Behavioral control • Concentration on work, task achievement • Decision making, realistic based • Focus • Motivation • Tenacity

Concentration (see Academic Applications above)

Fears, Phobias


Motivation to exercise; desire to be fit • Performance improvement; injury avoidance

Habit Control

Food and eating habits (too much, wrong times, wrong foods, etc. • Fingernail chewing • Procrastination • Smoking • Substance abuse


Almost every aspect of health and wellness has been shown to respond to hypnotic suggestion


Analgesia and anesthesia, numerous forms and applications in pain control • Bodily functions that are under autonomic control • Dermatology (warts, rashes, skin conditions, etc.) • Healing facilitation, acceleration, enhanced efficiency • Obstetrics, birth related procedures • Pain • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) • Treatment motivation, compliance, greater ability to withstand the ordeals of medical treatment


Academic studies (dates, historical data, anything related to what is studied in school) • Buried or repressed memories (this particular category of recall has been seriously abused in recent years) • Dream memories, details of dreams • Names and faces


Academic • Career, job performance • Fitness, health • Personal achievement, development • Sports

Pain Control (see Medical above)

Performance (music, sports, business, personal, speaking, academic, and so on)

Personal Relationships

Problem Solving

Reading (blocks, speed, comprehension, motivation)


Attitude (staying positive, projecting the correct image) • Memory for names, faces, facts • Motivation (to keep on keepin' on; resist the negative effects of rejection) • People  perception and evaluation • Personality, likeability (behavioral changes in the way you come across to others) • Persuasive qualities (how you say things to others, not what you say)


Sex (dysfunctions, inhibitions, mental blocks, pleasure)


Becoming less diffident, more self-assertive without changing who you are

Sleep (more, less, better)

Smoking (quitting, of course!)

Speech, speaking in public

Audience rapport • Concentration under pressure • Memory for speech recall • Presence of mind on stage or at the lectern • Stage fright, communication apprehension, reduction and control of fear

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