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What if I can't be hypnotised?

Some people describe themselves as 'too clever' or 'too stubborn' or as having a mind that is 'too active,' and that therefore they cannot be hypnotised. Comments such as these can come from a number of places - a misunderstanding of what hypnosis is, an irrational fear of hypnosis, a resistance to therapy and to change, etc. The fact is, everyone is capable of achieving at least a light state of hypnosis.

Entering hypnosis is a choice. It is easy to resist going into hypnosis - if you simply choose not to then nobody can 'make you.' So if you are not able to be hypnotised, it is most likely because you have, at some level, decided you do not want to.

In these cases, the hypnotherapist can work consciously to help resolve any concerns you have regarding entering hypnosis. If after this time you are still unable (or perhaps more accurately, 'unwilling') to enter hypnosis, then it may be that the hypnotherapist you have chosen is not a good match for you and you would do better to find another with whom you feel more at ease. Or you may decide that hypnotherapy is not for you and to seek a resolution of your issues via another mode of therapy.