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Why hypnosis doesn’t work… sometimes!

December 7, 2010

Upon hearing that I am a hypnotist, people usually utter a couple of quite common phrases…

‘ Will you make me cluck like a chicken? ‘,
‘ Will it work? ‘ and
‘ What if I can’t be hypnotised? ‘

All quite benine, yet very important, questions for the new client to ask, and yet the answers all seem to be subject to that client’s own free will.

I usually answer…

‘ Do you want to cluck like a chicken? ‘
‘ If you really want it to work… it usually will! ‘
‘ You’ve already been hypnotised, many times. ‘

Many people are under the misconception that hypnosis is some magical mind control system, wherein the client or subject becomes a robot, doing the bidding of the hypnotist. All very stageshow-like.

Let me assure you, when performed properly by a trained therapist, hypnosis is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can imagine. Complete relaxation, heightened awareness and imagination, positive suggestions and motivation bringing about positive emotional and behavioural changes. It’s all good!

Will hypnosis work?

Some people do take a little time to adjust their behavioural habits. If a client is not losing the symptom straight away it can either be because the symptom has a medical/hormonal route or that the root cause of the symptom is buried and repressed.  In this instance one has to discovery the root cause through analysis therapy and then reframe the original source problem.

Hypnosis works for most of my clients, most of the time, but not for everyone. I have spoken to the select few of my clients (and I’m talking one or two out of hundreds of clients) that can’t get hypnosis to work for them and it’s usually the same.

For whatever reason, they haven’t followed the whole process, listening and retraining their own minds every single day through the techniques I have provided and through the CD work. Perhaps they didn’t quite understand the process, not taken the therapy seriously or sometimes have even slipped back in to their old ways because it was far easier to do so.

What if I can’t be hypnotised?

Many people, if not all of us, usually spend most of our lives in one form of trance/state of awareness or another. They can be states that we have entered or states we have allowed someone else to influence us to go in to. You’ve perhaps heard of phrases such as ‘I’m not in that frame of mind’ or ‘I’m in the zone’.

One of the things that I try to do is to get people to come out of their every day ‘frames of mind’, to help them to understand how they get themselves into these ‘frames of mind’ and then teach them how to change the trances they have been in.

A very good example in a recent article gave great examples of  ‘trances’.


The Nutter Trance. Part 1

Have you ever been at home alone and may be decided that you wanted a cup of tea?
If so, how did you know you wanted it?

Many clients at their consultations when I ask this say “ I just thought I wanted one so I went and made it”. They listened to a voice in their head say it, so they did it. Ok I can go along with that. They did what a voice that no one else can hear told them to do. Sounds like either a trance to me or a nutter.

Can you imagine how any one who listens to these voices would feel if they said your life is no good or something else negative. What if all the voices in their head said powerfully motivating things that encouraged you.

The Nutter Trance. Part 2.

Lets revisit the kitchen again. I ask people “ have you ever been in the kitchen may be making a cup of tea, yet in your head you are running through an argument with someone”? And if so,  do you get really angry feelings in your body and get all wound up?

Usually they say “yes”

So on your own, with no one else around you are able to get your self worked up and angry.

Out of interest when you are arguing with the person, who is not there. Do you hear the argument in your head, and see them.

They usually reply “yes”

I then politely point out that they have been able to do the following.

  • Change their state.
  • Produce real feelings with no external input.
  • Create auditory hulanations.
  • Produce visual hulanations.
  • They were also able to interact with the fantasies they had created.
  • All done while they were wide awake.

Sounds a lot like hypnosis to me.

They usually get the idea at this point as I trust you have.

In order to experience hypnosis and interact with your own hypnotic adventures you do not have to be relaxed,sitting in a therapists office in a trance  – you do it any way!


If you want to learn more about hypnosis, or infact come and experience it for yourself, then please visit my website or give me a call on 01482 464928. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you could try one of my audio CDs and discover hypnosis from the comfort and safety of your own home.

The choice is yours,

Wishing you happy festive hypnosis,

Richard Scott



How hypnotherapy can enhance any kind of weight loss regime.

November 25, 2010

Hypnosis for weight loss is not any sort of black magic neither can it be the magic bullet that will actually eliminate all problems to suit your needs. In the event you desire to shed fat, getting a beautifully shaped and sexier appearance that everyone turn heads on there’s solely one route to gain this.

To burn significantly more calories than you take in!

Yet the most efficient technique to do this is to improve the manner in which you feed on and exercise on a regular basis.

Now, this may sound simple and basic; however it takes a bunch of will power, durability along with commitment in order to stay in command of our food consumption routines and to keep motivated to workout constantly. Anybody who’s previously tried out a diet program or fat loss routine is aware of that undoubtably. So before you are able to simply shed bodyweight and keep it off lastingly, you really need to get rid of this cravings along with your appetite to overeat!

That is exactly where hypnosis for weight loss is very useful.

Medical investigation testifies hypnotherapy for the purpose of shedding unwanted weight will assist anyone lose two to sixteen times more weight than not using it in anyway!

Hypnotherapy for weight reduction may possibly appear weary|strange|goofy initially; however, if performed correctly, you’ll understand that out of the blue it is possible to stick to virtually any diet program or workout routine which you’ve chosen. And even far better, you are able to do so without the need of having to force yourself all through this.

You will begin to enjoy the diet routine simply because of the altered attitude when it comes to consuming. Not any longer will you have tempting hunger pangs or over-eating compulsions. Not any longer will you miss out your exercise program simply because you are sick of. Hypnotherapy re-programs your thinking and patterns so that sticking with your personal weight loss plan and training will grow to be second nature to you.

Several researchers have demonstrated that emotions are normally stronger then logic. That’s precisely why sometimes you understand that you shouldn´t eat specific products but then you “can’t resist” and eat it anyway. Which is due to the fact our complete habitual and habits managing is located in the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is furthermore the location where your feelings and emotions are recorded.

Weight loss hypnosis enhances your diet plan or training program through altering the self-sabotaging thinkings hidden inside your subconscious mind. This kind of re-programming of feelings and habits is actually a lot more important than merely losing some bodyweight. This is the spot where it decides whether it´s merely temporally slimming or if  it´s for the rest of your life.

Read more about weight management here at

Richard Scott
Clinical Hypnotherapist

So who likes the snow?

November 25, 2010

Awaking early morning, looking out of the window, seeing flurries of little tiny white snowflakes drifting down and settling on a crisp white carpet.

Sounds like a scene from Raymond Briggs’  ‘The Snowman’ doesn’t it? And even though such a scene may be most welcome to some, making school children dash for their sledges, it can cement feelings of dread in other people.

The winter months start to tighten their grip on the people suffering from SAD. That’s Seasonal Affective Disorder to the layman.

It is becoming better know nowadays through exposure in the media. It is a condition that effects many people, and as the days grow shorter and darker a feeling of bleakness and dread sets in.

Sometimes described as being sad or having the winter blues, this disorder detaches the sufferer from the joys and festive spirit usually associated with this time of the year. Unable to enjoy celebrating with family and friends the sufferers begin to feel an onset of hopelessness.

I know all of this sounds like doom and gloom – but there is a solution.


Through hypnosis one can learn to successfully manage stress and negative thought patterns while introducing a little positivity, motivation and general confidence. New outlook and hope will allow the sufferer to reframe their own views of this time of the year and start to be more optimistic, who knows they may even start to enjoy the seasonal changes.

If you’d like to know more about S.A.D. or any other symptom which hypnosis may be able to help you with – please visit my website or give me a call.

Wishing you all the seasonal best wishes

Richard Scott

BBC News article on hypnosis

November 16, 2009

Following on from my last posting – here’s the current BBC News article supporting the Universities findings.

Hypnosis is real… FACT

November 13, 2009

Brain activity changes during hypnosis, study finds

Hypnosis is increasingly being used in clinical settings, as a way of helping people lose weight or stop smoking. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recently approved the technique for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, but despite such endorsements there is still a great deal of scepticism about whether there really is a hypnotic state.

New research from the University of Hull, published this week in Consciousness and Cognition, however shows that hypnosis is real. Psychologists have discovered that basic brain activity undergoes change when people are hypnotised.

Dr William McGeown and his colleagues in the department of Psychology and Centre for Clinical Neuroscience hypnotised university students and looked at brain activity, employing a technique called functional magnetic imaging (fMRI).

The research team included Professor Irving Kirsch, a world-known expert in hypnosis, Professor Annalena Venneri, an expert in brain imaging techniques and Professor Giuliana Mazzoni, an expert in suggestion and suggestibility.

Hypnosis studies usually require participants to do a task and researchers look at their brain activity during this time. In this experiment however, students’ brain activity was monitored in the rest periods between each task. This is the first time a hypnosis study has investigated brain activity in this manner; studying participants in rest whilst they are not performing any particular task.

The participants’ brain activity was also scanned without the hypnotic induction so that the resting states in and out of hypnosis could be compared.

The researchers first tested students for their ability to respond to a range of hypnotic suggestions, including suggestions to see a cat that was not there, to hear non-existent music, and to forget what had happened to them during the hypnotic session.  They then invited subjects who could respond to these suggestions, and some that could not, to have their brains examined in an fMRI scanner while under hypnosis.  Hypnosis altered anterior brain activity only in those subjects who were able to respond to suggestions.  These are the people who may be termed “highly suggestible”.

The study led to the unexpected finding that hypnosis decreases activity in areas of the brain that support the so called “default mode” network.  Activity in this network generally occurs when people are resting, day dreaming or letting their minds wander.

Dr McGeown says: “These results are unequivocal; the changes in anterior brain activity observed in our study occurred only in highly suggestible subjects, those most open to the idea of hypnosis. By contrast, no changes in brain activity were detected in these areas in the low suggestible subjects. This shows that the changes were due to hypnosis and not just simple relaxation.”

He concludes: “Our study shows that hypnosis is real; it corresponds to a unique pattern of brain activation which was not observed in any other experimental condition and was not seen in people who were not hypnotizable.”