Are There Risks Involved in Self Hypnosis?

self hypnosis risks

As I touched on in the last post, there are certain self-hypnosis risks that you need to know about. In this quick post, I want to outline a few of the ways Self-Hypnosis can be dangerous or pose a risk to you or your loved ones. And, I’ll give helpful suggestions to keep you safe when you practice self-hypnosis at home.

The Top Eight Self Hypnosis Risks:

Hypnosis Risk 1: Driving or operating any machinery/equipment. Imagine falling asleep while chopping down a tree or cruising at 65 down the highway…

Since Hypnosis and sleep are so closely linked, it’s best to treat Hypnosis and self-Hypnosis like you treat a nap. Never nap while driving, never nap while bulldozing – seems obvious right? Treat self-hypnosis the same and you’ll never regret it.

Hypnosis Risk 2: Getting ‘Stuck’ in Hypnosis. Now, it’s not at all possible to get permanently ‘stuck’ in Hypnosis – but some people don’t come right out of it right away (especially those who are enjoying the deep relaxation). If you want to avoid getting ‘ stuck’ then here’s a simple trick to make sure you don’t stay zonked out too long or fall asleep at an inopportune time: Set an alarm. Make sure it’s nice and annoying, and set it for about 15 minutes after your self-hypnosis session is scheduled to end. 

Hypnosis Risk 3: Using bad language. No, I’m not talking about curse words. It’s important to do a little homework into the right ways to phrase your suggestions. Negativity, confusing grammar, and unintentional embedded commands can all sabotage your otherwise helpful suggestions. Sometimes, it’s even possible to make your problems worse by choosing your wording poorly. Keep your suggestions positive, clear, and simple, and you’ll avoid undoing all the good work you’ve been putting into self-hypnosis.

Hypnosis Risk 4: Having a bad time. Self-Hypnosis is a powerful tool for changing your behaviors and your psychological patterns, your habits, attitudes, and abilities… Yet, it can also let you tap into areas of your own mind that you may not want to go alone. I don’t mean to sound too dramatic, but imagine reliving a traumatic experience from your childhood with nobody around to console you. If you use self-hypnosis for age regression or repressed memory retrieval then you run the risk of opening a pandora’s box inside your own mind. Keep your self-hypnosis sessions to simple and constructive topics. Think motivation and inspiration, behavioral changes, health and fitness, financial prowess and happiness and you’ll reap what you sow.

Hypnosis Risk 5: Neglect. If you are babysitting, tending a fire, cooking a meal, or if you’re responsible for anything that could potentially; die, explode, implode, wander off, catch cold, catch fire, fall down stairs or in any way become the subject of a tragedy… Then just wait to use your handy-dandy new self-hypnosis skills until later, when you can be in a safe & quiet place, free from distractions and disturbances. (And where you don’t have to be ‘on duty’ or responsible in any way).

Hypnosis Risk 6: Day Draining. Have you ever woken up with plenty of energy, only to lose it all before 3:00 and have to drag yourself through the day? Well imagine how terrible you’d feel if the refreshing self-hypnosis session you indulged in actually left you feeling more tired and listless than you were to begin with!  I shudder to think. The shame is, I’ve come across enough people with this problem to know it’s a problem that you may even encounter unless you’re armed with knowledge in advance: The secret to coming out of self-hypnosis feeling awake, energized, and motivated to carpe the heck out of that diem? It’s to set that expectation with yourself. Use Self-Hypnosis to help your Self-Hypnosis sessions go better. It may sound overly complicated – but there’s one sentence you can recite to yourself to experience that kind of personal power-rush every time you use self-hypnosis.

Hypnosis Risk 7: Envy. Oh you should expect to feel the envy of those you meet. You will. -And it’s even likely that some people you know will witness your transformation as you improve whatever aspect of your life holds you back the most… and when they see your progress, they’ll want what you have. They’ll want that kind of change – that power to become better than you are now – seemingly without any obvious effort at all. It’s not a terrible risk because it’s not the worst way to feel honestly – however I will say that it gets annoying. 

Hypnosis Risk 8: Medical Weirdness. As far as I know, there are no good reasons to believe that Hypnosis can cause any negative health effects. Many Hypnotists warn people with epilepsy or heart conditions to avoid Hypnosis, whether there’s any real reason to fear, I can’t say. HOWEVER – If you’re being treated by a doctor, therapist, or specialist – then check with them first before using self-hypnosis, just to be sure you won’t be throwing an unexpected variable into your treatment plan. Likewise, if you do have epilepsy or a heart condition, get advise from your physician before trying self-hypnosis.

If you use basic common sense and prepare for your first session like I explain in this post – then you’ll have no problem staying safe and transforming your mind in massively positive ways.

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