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A learning center for hypnosis and self hypnosis education. A resource for finding professional referrals for hypnosis treatment of medical and psychotherapeutic issues. A learning center for hypnosis and self hypnosis education. A resource for finding professional referrals for hypnosis treatment of medical and psychotherapeutic issues.
Member: American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis: Fact and Fiction
Is Hypnosis Dangerous?
Ideomotor Action
Semantic-Imagery Relaxation
Structuring Auto-Suggestions
Administrating Auto-Suggestions
Deepening the Hypnotic Trance
Testing the Hypnotic Trance
Emotional Behavior
Psychosomatic Disorders
Rules of the Mind
The Power of Creative Imagination
How to Set Realistic Goals
You Can Learn to Relax
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Hypnosis: Facts and Fiction

FICTION: A hypnotist is an unusual person gifted with some mysterious power of the mind.
FACT: The hypnotist does not possess any unusual or mysterious powers of the mind. He is a person very much like yourself, except that he understands certain aspects of the human mind that are not known to most people. He has also learned to master the art of suggestion which he uses to guide the individual toward developing greater awareness and control of the hypnotic state.

FICTION: Only gullible or weak-minded persons respond favorably to hypnosis.
FACT: Studies conducted at Stanford University have shown that intelligence is not an important factor in determining an individual's ability to respond favorably to hypnosis. Although, statistically, there is some evidence to indicate that persons with higher intelligence and greater creative abilities tend to be somewhat more responsive to suggestion.

FICTION: Hypnosis is dangerous.
FACT: In spite of scare articles in newspapers and magazines, there has not been one documented case of hypnosis doing harm to a person. There is no evidence that hypnosis will weaken the will, damage the nervous system, or in any other way adversely affect the physical and mental well-being of an individual. Research studies at Loyola University have shown that volunteer students hypnotized over 400 times experienced no adverse effects. On the contrary, there is some evidence to indicate that the hypnotic state is one in which the entire body tends to become self-regulating and functions with maximum efficiency. Some psychological disorders seem to correct themselves in hypnosis, even though no suggestions to that effect are given.

FICTION: To be hypnotized means being put to sleep and being completely unconscious of your surroundings.
FACT: Hypnosis is not sleep and there is definitely no loss of consciousness at any time. The hypnotized individual is always aware of what is occurring; in fact, his awareness actually increases.

FICTION: There have been cases where people have been unable to awaken from hypnosis.
FACT: A hypnotized person is not asleep; therefore, there should never be any concern about the person not awakening. Reports of persons remaining in the hypnotic state are exaggerated stories having no validity. The hypnotic state can always be terminated easily and quickly by the hypnotist or the individual.

FICTION: While in a deep hypnotic state, an individual may reveal intimate secrets or embarrassing details about himself.
FACT: During hypnosis the individual is always conscious (unlike with chemical anesthetics or truth serums) and aware of everything that is occurring. Therefore, in the same manner that he guards his secrets while awake, he also protects his secrets while hypnotized.

FICTION: In hypnosis you will blindly obey every command, good or bad.
FACT: In hypnosis the individual retains his ability to make judgments; therefore, he would never accept any command nor obey any order that he considers to be against his own best interests or contrary to his morals.

FICTION: A person must be placed in a very deep hypnotic state before hypnosis can be of any value to him.
FACT: Eighty-to-ninety percent of the work in hypnosis is accomplished in the light-to medium stages of hypnosis.

FICTION: Hypnosis always affects a change in just one or two sessions.
FACT: This has been true in many cases, but in general, a great number of sessions are usually required before complete results are obtained.

The instructions presented are from the personal collections and writing library of Mr. Robert E. Cutter, who died December 13, 2001, while in the process of completing the transfer of his work to the internet. These are offered as educational instruction only. The purpose of this instruction is the effective learning and use of hypnotic techniques for vocational or avocational self-improvement. This instruction is not offered as a substitute for, nor as a supplement to, any form of therapy concerned with physical, mental, nervous or emotional illness. Robert E. Cutter served as web consultant for American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association for three years. His hypnosis education came through the training he provided at a school he owned in the 1950's in Los Angeles, California, along with his wife who preceded him in death in 1980. Robert Cutter was not a psychologist and did not practice psychotherapy, but his interest in hypnosis motivated him to provide free resources materials for others who wanted to learn to use the power of their minds to improve well being and health-related issues.
Michael A. Robinson, R.N.- BC Psychiatry
Licensed Texas State Nursing Board Registered Nurse
Texas State Nursing Board Certified in Psychiatry
In Honor and Memory of Robert E. Cutter, B.S. 1923-d.2001
From the Writings of Robert Cutter's Self Hypnosis Center
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