What is Hypnosis? Hypnosis is a state of focused attention. The person in hypnosis is not asleep nor is he or she awake. It is an in between state of mind during which the hypnotist directs the client’s focus and speaks to the client’s subconscious mind while the conscious mind does not interfere or object to what is being said. For example, when driving to work or school, you often do not remember every red light or turn you make, yet you get to your workplace or school. When driving down the highway, talking to your friends, you miss the exit because you were involved in a conversation with one of your friends sitting in the backseat. Your subconscious was in control. You consciously, so not wanted to miss that exit. But you did! And, now you will have to drive another 8 miles before you can make a U-Turn. Say thank you to your subconscious. You were in hypnosis!
Textbook Definition of Hypnosis: Hypnosis is essentially a psycho-physiological state of aroused attentive receptive focal concentration with a corresponding diminution in the peripheral. When thinking moves towards feeling, hypnosis is sure to follow. Through hypnosis your conscious mind is bypassed so that part of you that is “on auto-pilot,” your subconscious can make the changes that you really want to make. In other words, through hypnosis, your conscious, critical mind gets out of the way. What is Hypnosis? There are many definitions. This particular definition explains how the hypnotist “speaks to your subconscious.”