Do YouTube hypnosis videos work?
Hypnosis certainly works though, so what’s the difference?
People ask me that a lot as a hypnotherapist (I’m a driving instructor too by the way). 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.
For more help using hypnosis see my page why can’t I be hypnotised?
The problem isn’t the problem
YouTube hypnosis videos focus on fixing the issue directly but that won’t work because:
The problem isn’t the problem!
A fear of driving has nothing to do with driving, weight loss has nothing to do with weight loss and insomnia has nothing to do with insomnia. It’s the same for everything but let’s stick to driving anxiety for this example.
Driving anxiety is the symptom, the way that another problem shows itself. It’s just the same as how sneezing means you have a virus. It’s no good working on the sneezing (the symptom) when you need to be working on the cause (the virus).
Think of it like turning up in a fire engine and squirting the water at a house that isn’t on fire as the one over the road engulfed in flames burns down. Play the video below to see that actually happening!
These firefighters aim in the wrong direction just like a lot of YouTube hypnosis videos do
An example of what the problem really could be
Imagine that you have driving anxiety because of something someone said to you years ago.
You try and get rid of your anxiety by listening to videos where someone whispers about feeling calm when you drive and imagining you’re sitting in a nice white fluffy cloud instead of a car. How would that ever lead you to the memory of someone saying something to you? How would it ever release that memory? It wouldn’t!
The way you would fix that issue would be to find what was said and realise that it happened years ago and doesn’t apply anymore. I’ve known driving issues come from someone’s toy car falling off a table when they were 5 years old, giving their mind the impression that driving is dangerous.
You will NEVER find or fix issues with YouTube videos talking about feeling calm when you drive and piloting a cloud instead of a car because they focus on relaxing you, not fixing the problem. That brings us to the next point…
This video of mine helps with driving anxiety but it’s unlikely to fully clear it
Hypnosis is NOT about relaxation or sleep
Hypnosis is a state of focus – nothing more and nothing less.
That’s why you see people in hypnosis that forget their name or have their arm stuck up in the air; they’re focusing on something they believe to be true to the point that it becomes true!
Hypnosis is NOT about relaxation, sleep or anything else like that. Relaxation is a by-product of hypnosis so while you may feel relaxed, being relaxed isn’t itself hypnosis.
Almost every YouTube video talks about lying down on a bed, closing your eyes and relaxing. The typical tripe you hear in YouTube videos is about walking down magical staircases, relaxing and meeting strangers who are your spirit guides. They constantly use the word relax and just keep telling you how calm you feel and how relaxed you are.
This is absolute nonsense – hypnosis is the total opposite of relaxation!
Do you know how you feel when you have a panic attack, anxiety or phobia? That means you’re in hypnosis – you’re sweating, shaking and panicking just from your thoughts while other people around you are calm.
You are believing something to be true when it’s not. That is done through hypnosis.
It’s hilarious when people say they have a problem but they don’t believe in hypnosis so they don’t want to use that to fix it. Their problem is caused by hypnosis yet they don’t believe in it!
I am a hypnotist, not a relaxotist. Yes, relaxation is the first step in a process but that’s all it is. We make people feel calm and then go on to evoke feelings of the issue that people want to fix. The problem is that most people (including qualified therapists) don’t understand that at all and mistake relaxation for hypnosis.
Successful hypnosis sessions have people in tears, screaming and crying as the emotion and bad feelings are released. Does that sound relaxing?
If you want to relax then just sit back and relax but if you want hypnosis then aim for hypnosis.
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. Can you imagine getting a result from someone you’re having an argument with?
This is another 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.
Why rapport is so important
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.
This driving hypnosis video of mine will work for some people but not everyone
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 interactive techniques so you take part in the session. It’s no good sitting back and expecting me to do the work for you because I can’t. Only you have access to your mind so only you can make the changes.
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 from 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.
Do YouTube hypnosis videos work? It’s unlikely with there being no interaction.
This video of mine contains a very powerful technique but even this doesn’t work as well without interaction.
Hypnosis videos use weak inductions
A hypnotic induction describes the way that we guide you into hypnosis.
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 almost always use rapid inductions to get a deep state of hypnosis in under 1 minute, often in seconds.
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 driving lesson videos for years and have made thousands of pounds from YouTube. I did that by being an expert driving instructor. I know what I am talking about and that’s why people flock to my YouTube channel.
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.
Do YouTube hypnosis videos work for anything? Yes, they can but it’s unlikely. Many people listen to one hypnosis track on YouTube then form the impression that hypnosis doesn’t work. They then spread that message to everyone they know and discard hypnosis thinking that it doesn’t work. They go on living for years with problems that hypnosis could easily get rid of, as do all the people they spread the message to.
It’s just like someone that learns to drive with a bad instructor and then goes around telling everyone not to drive because it’s horrible. The driving wasn’t nice because of the bad instructor in the same way hypnosis didn’t work because it was just a YouTube video.
If you want professional help with an anxiety problem or phobia and don’t want to rely on an amateur YouTube video that won’t do anything then contact me now.
For more help using hypnosis see my page why can’t I be hypnotised?