After I did a short presentation to my business networking group, someone from the group asked me if there was a “failure rate” for hypnosis. The answer is, “Of course! There is no perfect technique when working with human minds”. Using hypnosis for stopping smoking has a 90.6% success rate according to research done by the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2001. The success rate of NLP plus hypnosis is 95% according to Smoke Free International. The “failure rate” can easily be determined from those numbers, of course.
The individual success rate for hypnosis varies with the issue being treated, the skill and training of the hypnotherapist, and the motivation of the client. A common obstacle to success of smokers, for example, is that the smoker is attempting to stop to please someone else. Hypnosis will only work if the client is motivated to be successful for her or himself.
Someone with a habit of disagreeing, and we have all met at least one of them, can present a challenge for the less experienced hypnotherapist. However, there are some simple things that can be done to neutralize the habitual disagreement pattern. One way is to use tag questions like “isn’t it?”, “doesn’t it?” of “haven’t you?” The “not” in tag questions allows the person to focus their reflexive disagreement on the negation in the question rather than the statement that proceeds it, doesn’t it?
You could, just for fun, sprinkle in a few tag questions in a conversation with someone who seems to be disagreeing with you as a pattern. That is a way just to find out for yourself how well tag questions work, isn’t it? No hypnosis is necessary for the experiment.