I took an online quiz to test my hypnotize-ability. The quiz was on the website of a hypnosis company in my area.
I answered it honestly. This was the result:
Here is your score.
Score = 47.62 %
Total number of people tested = 982
Average of all test takers = 67.77 %
30-69%: Your answers show that you may have a more difficult time in letting go of your “analytical” mind. Your thoughts are preventing you from really relaxing, but this does not mean that you can't be hypnotized. You will probably need more time and training to get to that relaxed state. You are one of many of our personal clients that have claimed that being in hypnosis has gotten them to experience a level of relaxation they haven't felt in a long time. It might be time for you to revisit that state of peace and relaxation. Call us to find out how we can help.
Interesting. Notice how "letting go" of your analytical mind is presented as a good thing? What's wrong with analyzing stuff anyway? Notice also how the commentary links hypnosis to relaxation, and posits that it's my own thoughts that are keeping me from being relaxed. (Sometimes that's true. But the quiz didn't ask me anything about my state of relaxation, moods, etc. I was pretty relaxed when I took the quiz.) In this world, who is as relaxed as they would like to be? Practically no one. So the market for hypnosis includes pretty much every living person on earth.
And it's so neatly reinforcing:
1) Try hypnosis.
2) Still not relaxed?
3) You need more hypnosis.
First off, look for licensed therapists that have a background in Ericksonian Hypnosis. At least then you have a established and screened therapist who isn't some well meaning but ultimately foolish person who took a 1 week course and got a diploma in hypnotherapy/NLP and thinks it qualifies them to be a therapist.
Never, ever take therapy from a unlicensed, non-state accredited "therapist", you have no idea who that person is and worse you are setting yourself up for abuse as well.