Hypnotic Amnesia – What Happened?
It is possible for a hypnosis client after a one on one session with a hypnotherapist to say, “Well, I don’t remember much about that”. Some people might even express that they felt like they just went to sleep. That’s great, actually. Whether they felt like they went to sleep or just forgot things, it’s not really good or bad. It’s just how they experienced hypnosis in that session.
Feeling like you have fallen asleep or forgotten what was said can just as easily happen during a recorded hypnosis session, such as when listening to one of our self hypnosis CDs or hypnosis downloads. Our self hypnosis recordings are designed to work and influence the mind at a deeper, unconscious level. So just because the conscious knowledge of what took place is not there, it doesn’t mean it hasn’t worked. Of course it has. It’s doing exactly what it was designed to do: relax your mind and body sufficiently for hypnosis to take place.
There might be a person who comes into the office to quit smoking and after our hypnosis session they open their eyes and say, “I don’t think that worked for me. I just fell asleep, so it couldn’t have worked”. It’s not unusual to receive a card or a phone call from that same client a week later saying that they have quit smoking. They can’t believe it. In other words, they weren’t fully aware of all of the processes that were going on during the hypnosis session but they still benefited from it.
In other cases of hypnotic amnesia, a therapist might suggest at the end of a hypnotherapy session to forget certain parts of the work that was done. This is to prevent the person from thinking too hard or too deeply about what’s happened in the hypnotherapy session. Sometimes it’s best to just let things settle for a while and let things develop.
You can liken it to gardening, actually. You look after the soil and water it, plant the seeds and cover them up. It wouldn’t make any sense after all of that work the next day to just dig them to see if they were still there and if they were growing and developing. You can apply that metaphor to people and the work they do while in hypnosis.
Hypnotic amnesia is nothing to be concerned about. It is a perfectly natural experience that occurs sometimes with or without prompting. Just because you’re not fully aware of everything, doesn’t mean that it’s not working. There’s no need to worry. Just sit back and let the hypnosis take root.