If you can effectively do something by yourself, would you spend having someone else do it for you? I do not think so, and many others think the same way about self hypnosis. If you can achieve the same results by yourself why would you need to pay a stranger renting an expensive office? The thing is no one can give this absolute guarantee of success. But there are ways to increase the effectiveness of your practice. Let me give you some tips.
Get to know the practice by heart. Hypnosis, whether done person himself or by a professional, follows set guidelines. Get to know these guidelines and all you can about the people practicing the craft. Be zealous about your research before actually trying it on yourself to limit the risk of turning yourself into croaking frog (exaggeration provided for emphasis). There is now an abundant supply of reference materials available on the internet, all you have to do is start a search and read away. The more specific your search is the better your chances of not wasting your time reading a re-hash of the general stuff.
Get to know the people who practice the craft. A very good way of finding out how things are done is to ask the actual people who are doing it. Supplement your online search or the information you get from hypnosis books or magazine articles by getting to know people who are into self-hypnosis. You do not have to scare them into seclusion by asking them if they “practice the craft”, some people do not even know that what they have been doing is actually “self hypnosis” because it is called by a different name. The thing is, if they are into visualization techniques, self-help stuff, thinking positive, appealing good vibes, they are actually using one of the various ways to hypnotize themselves.
Get to know the pioneers. Knowing how or where something originated can help you understand the seemingly senseless concepts. For example, if you want to know all about Tae Kwon Do, you are better off asking Korean masters than Caucasian advocates. Those who started anything are in a better position to tell you more about it. You get the pure, unadulterated version of hypnosis from the very people who first put the concept in place. A good place to start would be to seek out information by James Braid, who adopted the term “hypnotism” back in 1841. Then check out the work of Emile Coue who wrote the heaps of information about how people can hypnotize themselves. And apply their own hypnotic suggestions to create changes in their lives. Other pioneers to seek out would be, James Slater, Ormond McGill and, of course, Milton Ericson. Alternately, you can just so a web search on the “history of hypnosis” and start your own mini research project.