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Hypnosis FAQs

How come I have this challenge?

Our will power resides in the conscious mind, the logical thinking mind. The subconscious mind holds our perceptions, emotions, habits, automatic reactions, and autonomic nervous system (the control center for our immune system, blood pressure, etc.) Sometime when you drive, your conscious mind were thinking about everything but driving, somehow you still end up at your destination. Which part of the mind took you there? Even when you are asleep, your heart still works for you. Which part of you is controlling that?

This is good news and bad news, because the subconscious mind can work for us, or against us, without us even being aware of it. When there is a conflict between our subconscious mind (feelings) and will power, the will power usually loses. So there is a battle within yourself: the will power and logical thinking want to do what’s right for yourself and the people you love, but the subconscious mind gets in the way! In turn, either we are constantly beating ourselves up, or we let the subconscious mind run our lives, our health.

How can you help me?

Using hypnosis, you’ll be able to get more in touch with your powerful subconscious mind. Instead of having our emotion and will power fighting against each other, instead of fighting against our emotion or being taken over by it, we’ll be able to let the emotion and will power work with each other. When they are working in harmony for a common goal, you achieve results like never before!!!

What is hypnotism?

Hypnotism is the professional practice of the hypnotic arts and sciences.

All hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis. It is not something I do to a client; it is something a client does for him or herself. The self-hypnotic state is a state of focused concentration that anyone can enter naturally. Hypnotists provide their clients with instruction in how to enter this natural state more easily and effectively. Then, the hypnotist functions as a teacher and guide to show the client how to use the self-hypnotic state to overcome whatever problem is at issue and/or make the changes you desire.

What can hypnosis do for me?

Hypnosis is a tool that can help you, just like it has helped millions of other people to take back control of their lives. Modern Hypnosis is a reliable way to move yourself toward success even when other approaches have failed. Hypnosis can be used to

Can Anyone Go into Hypnosis?

There is no magic to achieving success with self-hypnosis. Most people enter into a mild hypnotic state several times a day without realizing it, such as when driving a familiar route without thinking about it or when “zoning out” while engrossed in a movie or book. Almost everyone has entered the deepest hypnotic state using self-hypnosis without even realizing it.

Can I Be Too Strong-Willed to Be Hypnotized?

Many people believe only weak-minded or gullible people can be hypnotized. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the reverse is true – intelligent and strong-willed individuals are generally very successful with hypnosis. However, success with hypnosis has little to do with willpower. Rather, it relies on your ability to observe sensations and feelings, listen and follow directions.

Can a hypnotized person be made to do something he or she doesn’t want to do?

No, as hypnotism is something a person does himself or herself, it is logically impossible for someone to do something they refuse to do.

As a demonstration of this, reflect that hypnotism has existed as a body of technique for more than 200 years. If it were possible to use hypnotism to make people do things they didn’t want to do, hypnotists would be running the world. The fact that we are not indicates that hypnotism cannot be used for coercive purposes.

Lots of people worry that hypnosis sessions will be similar to stage hypnosis or the ones seen on TV where people are made to impersonate chickens and the like. The fact of the matter is, no hypnotist can ever make you do anything you don't want to do. People do funny things for a stage hypnotist at a comedy club because they volunteer to go on stage; they expect the stage hypnotist to ask them to do funny things. If they really don't want to listen to the hypnotist's suggestions, they don't. For example, if a hypnotist asked you to do something immoral or unethical (such as hit somebody or rob a bank) you would reject the suggestion. You have the same free will to reject "silly" suggestions at comedy shows.

In fact, having a hypnosis session with me is about gaining more control of your life, about understanding both of your mind and let them work together for you!

Am I Asleep During Hypnosis?

No, you are not asleep during hypnosis. You are focused on your subconscious feeling mind instead of your conscious thinking mind. You must still be conscious in order to hear the suggestions. It feels very similar to the first five minutes when you fall asleep. You may hear the dog next door barking or be aware of someone else in the room, but you don't want to open your eyes or move. However, if you had to open your eyes and get up, you could, because you are not asleep and are always in total control.

Where can I find reserach on the effectiveness of hypnotism?

Click here to read research on hypnosis. If you would like to find the research on your own, you can go to the web site of the National Institutes of Health of the United States ( Enter the word “hypnosis” in the search box at the top right hand side of the screen and you will get a list of hundreds of recent research articles that have appeared in refereed scientific journals. Clicking on a study will bring up a short abstract of the research findings.

" I came to Emily Wang seeking a remedy for several fears which I believed were having a negative impact on my quality of life. I had never had hypnotherapy before but was open to trying this modality of therapy. Emily worked with me, helping me to uncover the root of one of my biggest phobias with much success. I have been able to use the techniques she taught me to not only continue the process I began with her, but to avoid developing these irrational fears in the first place. I would recommend Emily Wang to anyone who wants to live a more balanced, stress free life."

-- C.G., Washington, DC