No, you won't quack like a duck! (I actually have been asked a few times.) Unless, of course, you really want to, in which case you probably don't need hypnosis-- just unleash your inner duck and go for it!
Seriously, many people have questions and some apprehension about hypnosis-- probably because of dramatizations in movies and on TV. Or, they've been to a stage show and watched people doing silly things at the direction of a hypnotist.
SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Is this for real? Is it legitimate?
Hypnosis has been known at least since the time of ancient Egypt. Over the centuries it has moved in and out of medical/therapeutic practice. It is now being studied in research labs and practiced by many physicians, psychologists, clinical social workers, nurses and other professionals. Several established professional journals publish research and clinical studies.
So, what's it good for?
First, simply using hypnosis to facilitate deep relaxation has nonspecific beneficial effects as an excellent stress-buster. Hypnosis is used to reduce and manage pain; to facilitate change in habits and attitudes; to reduce unnecessary anxiety and fear; to resolve blocks of various kinds. It is often useful in treating somatic disorders with a stress or psychological component. And more; call or email if you have a specific question.
Can everyone (I) be hypnotized?
People vary in their hypnotic talent or capacity as they vary in other ways. Most everybody is able to experience the moderate level of trance needed for good clinical results. What if I'm skeptical? If you're willing to give it a try, you'll most likely be pleasantly surprised.
I went to group hypnosis and nothing happened?
No surprise here. Most people attending a large-group session don't experience a lasting result, though a few may. You may still benefit from individualized hypnotherapy.
What is trance, anyway?
Nobody knows exactly, although there appear to be measurable changes in brain wave activity. Call it a state of inner absorption or focus, a mildly altered state of consciousness in which you can more readily take in, and act on, useful and meaningful suggestions and ideas. You probably have been in trancelike states many times in the course of everyday life. Ever wonder "where the time went?"
Are there any dangers?
Not in the hands of a trained and experienced professional. Look for somebody who'e licensed and belongs to one of the major professional associations- the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis or the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.
Will I know what's going on?
Yes, you do not lose consciousness during trance. Will I remember what happened? Generally, yes.
Will I start spilling all my inner secrets?
Doesn't happen. You may not need to speak at all during a hypnotic session, and most people would prefer not to be bothered.
Can hypnosis make me do things against my principles or conscience?
No, you internalize only suggestions that make sense to you. The Manchurian Candidate (for example) is a work of fiction about extended and intense brainwashing procedures.
What if I get stuck and can't come back from trance?
To my knowledge, there is no documented case of something like this ever happening.