Could I get stuck in hypnosis?

This is a common misconception about hypnosis. It’s a bit like asking if anyone ever got stuck in a daydream.

Going into trance and then out again seems to be a natural ‘oscillation’ of human consciousness: we focus and become absorbed in something for a while (sometimes so deeply that the rest of the world disappears) then we de-focus and ‘come to’, like awakening from a daydream.

So the simple answer is, no, you can’t get stuck in hypnosis whether that’s on stage with a hypnotist or in session with a hypnotherapist. You’ll emerge from the hypnotic state and get on with the rest of your day.

Having said that, it does seem that some people spend large amounts of time in some sort of trance. Depression is a trance state. Addictive behaviours are often carried out in a trance, driven by unconscious compulsions.

The fact of the matter is that although you can’t really get stuck in hypnosis, many people do spend a lot of time in varying degrees of trance, more in than out.

A good hypnotherapist will help you break free from unhelpful trances, perhaps by helping you develop your Observing Self – the ability to step back and see things from a wider perspective rather than the narrow lens of the hypnotic state.

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