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Science of Hypnosis – Deeper Dive FAQ

When is the Best Place to do Self-Hypnosis? Where is it Unsafe to do Self-Hypnosis?

Right where you are, right now!

Where to practice self-hypnosis is an interesting question. Because you can do it absolutely anywhere, as long as it is safe to do so, where it safe to give your undivided attention to it for a few minutes. Whether you prefer to sit or to lie down would guide you as well. But you can even do it while standing up. Like on the subway, perhaps. With headphones to drown out the crowd and noise around you. 

This is a question that comes up often. There are varied answers. Based on my experience, I don’t necessarily agree with them all.

For example, some argue that it’s not a good idea to do self-hypnosis in bed unless you want to use it for sleep. The theory is, you associate your bed with something specific and a ritual of its own, and trying to change that association would be counterproductive. I personally don’t care much about that, but you may be different.

If you want to do it in your car, it may help to sit in the passenger seat. That way, you have a little more space if that would be useful. And the theory goes that you won’t subconsciously associate the driver’s seat with the altered mental state that we require for self-hypnosis. That way, when you drive long distances and enter hypnosis naturally, as always happens on long drives, your self-hypnosis practice and experience will not compound this and threaten your safety

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