What does it feel like to be hypnotised?
Each of us experiences hypnosis in our own way. Some people describe hypnosis as feeling like a relaxed or detached state, enabling them to work look at scenarios in a dispassionate way. Others feel that time has become distorted, stopped, or has passed very quickly or very slowly. You may have experienced this kind of trance like state when being absorbed in a book and missing the station you were supposed to have alighted at.
The hypnotic state will usually induce bodily sensations such as deep relaxation, heaviness or lightness, and these are reflected in changes in our physiology, such as slower, relaxed breathing. If you’re hypnotised, you may experience still being aware of what is going on in the room around you but feeling detached from it at the same time.