All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Focusing on a problem to the extent that we forget how not to have the problem is the ultimate form of negative self-hypnosis. And we've all experienced that one ...
So the answer to the question, 'Can I be hypnotised?' is going to be 'Yes, you're already an expert.' The question, 'Can you hypnotise me?' is slightly different and depends upon various factors. When we talk about 'hypnotic trance', it's important to bear in mind that the brain remains uncharted territory. We know relatively little about how it functions. So trance is something that we all do many times a day; but there is plenty of scholarly dispute about exactly what it is or how to measure it. It shares features with night dreaming - absorption in inner experience with the resulting distortions of time and physical reality, disconnection from large muscle groups, deletion of awareness of outside events and so on. It also shares features with daydreaming: you can wake up, you can direct your thoughts, you can mould or reshape memory and emotion. The key point, perhaps, is that the more richly realised the trance, the more the body responds to metaphoric situations as if they were really happening.
I can use hypnotic techniques combined with brief solution-focused psychotherapy to help you with the following:
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