Do YouTube hypnosis videos work?
Hypnosis certainly works though, so what’s the difference?
People ask me that a lot as a hypnotherapist. Let me explain all the reasons for some online hypnotherapy videos being next to useless.
Don’t get me wrong: many people including myself enjoy listening to hypnosis videos on YouTube. They’re great at giving you an introduction to hypnosis and a feel of what it’s about but here’s why you shouldn’t put too much hope into them fixing your problems.
Rapport is essential
Rapport is the way that you get on with someone and it’s the single most important part of any hypnotherapy session.
Think of it like how a great football team works so well because all the players know each other. They have played together before, they know how the other players are going to react and what they’re thinking. Just taking a bunch of great players and putting them in a team when they have never played together before won’t work because they will be lacking rapport!
Therapy will not work without good rapport between the client and the therapist.
This is one way that videos fall down. Until you have listened to several tracks by the same person and got used to their voice, their mannerisms and their personality, your mind will naturally resist what they say. It’s like how you feel comfy and relaxed with friends yet tense and wary around strangers. It’s natural and it takes time to trust someone.
Hypnotherapists often insist on talking to you for a while before doing any hypnosis. No – it isn’t to waste time and cost you more! It’s to build rapport and save you time by the therapy being more successful. Otherwise, your mind will resist what we say and it won’t work.
A lack of rapport explains why people who just listen to one video can often find that it doesn’t work. If you keep repeating that track and listen to other tracks by that person then the chances are it will work better because your mind will get used to them and start to trust them.
YouTube hypnosis videos are a one-size-fits-all approach
When you listen to a video or audio file you’re just listening to something that’s designed to work for everyone in general.
It isn’t personal to you. It doesn’t include your name or your problem. It’s just a generic one-size-fits-all approach.
One-size-fits-all doesn’t fit anyone!
A real life hypnotherapy session is highly tailored to YOUR needs.
Before even starting we’ll have a 20 minute chat so I get to know all about you and the issue. Hypnotherapists are trained to listen for many little clues that would just fly over the head of people not trained in the art of hypnosis.
For example, someone once came to me with a fear of being on stage. He said that his girlfriend kept telling him he’d do it one day.
Can you see the huge problem there? The solution to his problem was in that sentence but most people won’t have a clue what it is.
Hypnosis videos on YouTube don’t take any of this into account and go straight into the “therapy” without even asking you anything. Well how could they?
YouTube hypnosis videos use weak suggestion based solutions
If you’ve ever listened to a YouTube hypnosis track then you’ll know they tell you things like you’ll feel more confident, you’ll get rid of the problem.
This is what we call suggestion therapy.
Although an essential part of therapy, when used alone it’s the weakest and flimsiest type of therapy that will work on a small number of people some of the time.
Many people think that all hypnotists do is sit telling people to not worry and they’ll be fine next time they get on a plane. It’s nothing like that at all.
Real hypnotherapy uses hypnotic techniques which the client takes part in.
That brings us to the next point.
There’s no interaction with YouTube hypnosis videos
You’re just sitting or lying there listening to someone talking. What if they’re going too fast? Too slow? What if you aren’t even in hypnosis?
YouTube videos take none of that into account.
A hypnotherapist like myself will be able to guide you at a pace that suits you. If you’re struggling with anything then I can help and I won’t just keep marching on like a robot ignoring you!
Contrary to what many think, you can still speak when in hypnosis. You’re not asleep or unconscious.
Good therapy sessions rely on interaction from the client because you need to tell me what you’re experiencing so I can tailor the session or even switch to a different technique that will work better for you.
I offer online hypnotherapy which is much different to just listening to a prerecorded session. It’s interactive so you get the best of both worlds: hypnotherapy from your phone without it being generic.
Hypnosis videos use weak inductions
A hypnotic induction is the way that we guide people into hypnosis. See my page on hypnotic inductions for more details.
The slowest and weakest kind of induction is called a progressive induction. This is when you are guided through imagery of a rain forest, walk down some steps or are told to relax your muscles.
The problem is that this is the weakest kind of hypnotic induction which often results in people barely being in hypnosis at all.
Again, it’s a one-size-fits-all approach which doesn’t take into account your preferred style of induction.
There is nothing wrong with progressive inductions but they are SO slow!
It can take 20 to 30 minutes for a progressive induction to get someone into a light hypnotic state. For many people, like me, it just annoys them and doesn’t work. The more you tell some people to relax the more tense they get.
In real life I can tailor the induction to suit you.
I often use rapid inductions which can have you in a deep state of hypnosis in under 4 minutes, often in under 2 minutes.
That leaves us more time for therapy and you’ll often be in a deeper state of hypnosis meaning it’ll all work better.
There are no safety checks
You shouldn’t use hypnosis if you have a history of mental illness. If you have epilepsy or asthma then hypnosis can trigger an attack.
Many hypnosis tracks I have used don’t even mention these things. When people ask me ” Do YouTube hypnosis videos work?” I often advise against listening to them for this reason alone.
That brings us on to the next point.
Anyone can make hypnosis videos on YouTube
Anyone can make a video about hypnosis and put it on YouTube.
Why would they though? Maybe because YouTube pays you to put adverts on popular videos and you can make lots of money.
Due to this there are many self-proclaimed “experts” making videos on all kinds of things and hypnosis is no different.
I’ve been making videos for years and have made thousands of pounds from YouTube. Not with hypnosis, with other things.
I did it being an expert at those other things though. In my videos I knew what I was talking about and that’s why people flocked to my channel.
Sadly however, some people just want the money but don’t care about the quality of their content.
Do YouTube hypnosis videos work for anything?
Online hypnosis tracks are a great way of getting an idea of what hypnosis is like. Just don’t go putting everything into them working because they often don’t.
There are no doubt people out there that have have problems fixed because of videos and audio tracks and that’s great.
If you want help with a problem then contact me now and get help from a professional.