Hypnosis is used to assist individuals with a range of issues that are, for the most part, causing them a problem in life. Hypnosis can also be used to maximize skills (such as in sport), and of course, can be used as entertainment. Typically, people that seek the help of hypnosis will either want to be able to do something that they currently cannot do, or stop doing something that they currently do.

Hypnosis is also used for self-help, and self-improvement. With the development of self-hypnosis one might not even need a therapist any longer. Hypnosis is not a cure to one’s problems. It can be used for stress management, stress related disorders, dental and medical anxiety, in obstetrics and in some cases, as anaesthesia. It is also used for pain management in pain associated with cancer, as an adjunct to psychotherapy and in the management of a wide range of phobias, anxieties and other medical and psychological problems. Hypnosis can also change the subconscious programming by putting the power of the mind towards improving once life.

Hypnosis refers to a state or condition in which a person becomes highly responsive to suggestions. The hypnotized individual seems to follow instruction in an uncritical, automatic fashion and attends closely only to those aspects of the environment made relevant by the hypnotist. If the client is profoundly responsive, he or she hears, sees, feels, smells, and tastes in accordance with the suggestions given, even though these may be in direct contradiction to the actual stimuli that impinge upon the person. Furthermore, memory and awareness of self can be altered by suggestions. All of these effects may be extended post-hypnotically into the individual’s subsequent walking activity.