Which is better, hypnosis or self-hypnosis? Some people will insist on sharing their share their strong preferences with you, as with the eternal “Kirk vs. Picard” debate. Not me!
I’m going to consider hypnosis only in the context of beneficial change, whether it’s to resolve a problem or to make yourself even better at something you’re already very good at. There are other forms of hypnosis, such as stage hypnosis, but I’ll talk about that some other time.
First I’ll tell you why hypnosis (with a hypnotist) is the best. Then I’ll tell you why self-hypnosis is the best. Finally, I’ll tell you why a mix of both is the best.
Why Hypnosis (With a Hypnotist) Is Best
You’d seek out a hypnotist for the same reasons you’d seek out a teacher or coach for any new skill. Some people are confident book-learners, and successfully teach themselves all sorts of complex things through self-study: mathematics, skiing, you name it. This takes a lot more time and willingness to make false starts than you’d need if you learned from an instructor.