Frequently Asked Questions
General Hypnosis Questions
The British Medical Association approved it even earlier in 1892 saying, “[hypnosis] is frequently effective in relieving pain, procuring sleep, and alleviating many functional ailments.”
The American Psychological Association says, “[hypnosis] can be a powerful, effective therapeutic technique for a wide range of conditions, including pain, anxiety and mood disorders. Hypnosis can also help people change their habits, such as quitting smoking.”
For Catholics, Pope Pius XII issued several statements on hypnotherapy, and said it is, “is permitted by moral and is compatible with the spirit of the Gospel.”
What about stage hypnosis?
A lot of religious statements I’ve seen on this are very, very out of date with our current understanding of hypnosis. If hypnosis was somehow done against someone’s will, then yes. But in a stage show or when I do street hypnosis, no one’s “forced” to participate – they’re volunteers.
It’s not a sin to get into a car someone else is driving even though they’re the one bringing you to a different place than you started. It’s the same thing as a hypnotist – someone volunteers, and I respect them and drive them to a new place, even if that place is all in the mind. It’s important to remember that while you’re more open to suggestion in hypnosis, you don’t “lose control” of yourself – if someone in hypnosis didn’t want to follow a suggestion (such as one against their morals and beliefs), they would just say no or wouldn’t do it.
Hypnosis Sessions FAQ
Hypnosis Show FAQ
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Whatever rating of show you’re interested in, I make it a policy to never embarrass or humiliate any of my volunteers.