Experts estimate that between 15-30 percent of the population is highly hypnotizable. A Stanford study showed that about 25 percent of the population is very difficult, if not impossible, to hypnotize. The rest of us probably fall somewhere in between.
In the Stanford study, it was proven that predicting “hypnotizability” is less about personality and more about cognitive style. Most hypnotists agree that people with a good imagination, who are highly susceptible, and who possess the ability to “picture” things clearly, are more easily hypnotized than those who are analytical by nature and try to figure out the hypnotist’s machinations.
Hypnosis is used for everything from curing allergies to promoting weight loss. And for many behavioral changes, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, minimizing anxiety and overcoming certain fears, self-hypnosis can be a useful tool.
While you may not be someone who can be easily hypnotized by a hypnotherapist, let’s look at the self-hypnosis steps you can use to help move you toward the behavioral changes you desire:
For some people, seeing a professional is the best option, but if you aren’t able to do so because of time, money, or access concerns, begin to practice these techniques on your own and see what positive changes you can incorporate into your life.