Hypnosis and The Hypnotic Time Warp

A common experience when experiencing a hypnosis session is that of the “Hypnotic time warp,” where your mind loses track of time. A session might feel as though it was only a few minutes long, a fraction of a session. I experienced this myself the first time I was hypnotized.

Right after the session, I remember opening my eyes and thinking . . . that was it? That was such a short time! I kept chatting with my Hypnotherapist and at one point, she pointed to her watch and said, “I’m sorry, but we’ve already gone over our time and my next client is outside.” I didn’t believe it. It felt as though I had only been in that recliner for maybe 5 minutes. I figured that something was off with her watch so I dug into my handbag and found my own phone. I was in shocked that it confirmed the same exact time.

Now that I hypnotize people myself, I often see my clients experience this same scenario. There’s something about being in an altered state that makes it easy to lose your concept of time. According to one study, it was shown that people can underestimate time by 41% when in a hypnotic state. The same scenario applies in our daily lives, such as when we are driving a long distance and all of the sudden we realize that we are at our destination and it feels like we got there in a snap. That’s a hypnotic state as well. How many times have you been on Facebook and suddenly realized two hours had gone by? That’s why I always say that hypnosis is a part of the human condition. We all go in and out of hypnotic states where we experience time warps all the time.

Unlike in our day to day life, in a hypnotic state, this missing time is actually a form of focused time where your subconscious mind is able to hone in and absorb the positive suggestions that are being given to you. It makes sense to access this wonderful window of opportunity and enjoy the interesting and unique experiences that you experience while in the hypnotic state.

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