There are two questions that I get asked a lot.
The first one is: ‘Does hypnosis work?’
The second one is: ‘Are you any good at hypnosis’
Those two questions raise so many issues and it causes all sorts of things to happen for me as a person and as a hypnostherapist.
So Does hypnosis work? Well yes there’s a lot of evidence that it does work and it is used as a tool to help a lot of people with issues that are more of an internal mind based nature. It’s a great help to a lot of people.
OK Now the biggie: Am I Any Good At Hypnosis?
I used to answer in the affirmative, ‘Yes I am’. Because anything else means that you have no chance whatsoever to help people. And just every now and then there’s part of my reality that begs the question:
‘Am I any good at hypnosis?’
Every now and then I have a bit of a melt down where I read something or hear or watch something and it makes me question how I work and what I do and whether or not what I do actually involves hypnosis or am I just good at talking people around from their negative point of view.
After a period of soul searching and reviewing where I ask ‘does hypnosis work’ and ‘am I using it right’ and all sorts of other questions, I generally come back to the conclusion that it works, I can use it and that I am effective.
Should I doubt my abilities? after all they aren’t natural abilities, they’re all taught and learned. But did I learn them properly.
The first time it happened I was ready to give up. When I do research about me I’m a bit brutal with myself and it’s not always a happy time, I live in a real world and help real people and I don’t take that responsibility lightly. It’s a big thing for me because this is the best job I’ve ever had, I go home at night with a good feeling and that feeling is important to me.
Personal experience has led me to believe that it’s a really good thing to doubt yourself every now and then. I’m not talking about that habitual doubt that some people do to themselves. I’m talking about once every year or so having a dispassionate look at myself.
For me it makes me take stock of what I know and how I work. What mental models I work to and what strategies I adopt to help people. It makes a bit of space for me to work out what else I want to learn and when I want to learn it along with how that will help what I do.
That has meant a lot to me in identifying what I want in my life and it’s also given me a more balanced outlook.
I now have answers to some quit interesting questions.
Am I good at hypnosis?
I’m able to evoke and make use of whatever hypnotic abilities my clients have. In some cases I can help them improve those abilities.
Am I good at what I do?
I get results and most of those results are positive.
Does what I do work for everyone?
It works for everyone who accepts it’s not magic and is willing to make some effort to be part of their own solution. For some it just works.
Does Hypnosis Work?
Yes it does, it can help you change your life for the better.