In response to this question the first aspect you must be absolutely clear about is whether your responses were purely involuntary. There must be no voluntary contribution to the response. The less sure you are that your response was involuntary the more careful you must be about accepting the response at face value. The more serious or important your question the more careful you must be. One way forward is to ask different aspects of the question. This will establish whether they support the initial response.
Let us suppose you wanted to know whether you should take up a new job that has been offered to you. You might under self-hypnosis and using ideomotor signalling ask yourself, “Should I accept the new job?” There are, of course, four possible responses
What we are concerned about here is a ‘yes’ response about which you are not sure you gave an involuntary response. The same would apply to a ‘no’ response. There are two ways forward.
Of course, there is nothing preventing you from doing both. What is being emphasized here is a method of establishing how far you can accept the ideomotor response as the ‘right’ response – an involuntary response.
Another safeguard is worth considering. It may be that you will be happier with a new job but it is not a practical solution at the present time. This may be because of financial commitments or family commitments. Your new job may mean moving, which means your children going to a new school. You may be happier but will your children or your partner? No one can answer these questions other than you. But in self-hypnosis you have a better chance of seeing the issues in perspective and consider alternatives in a relaxed and dispassionate manner.
Nodding and shaking the head is another ideomotor signally used more in heterohypnosis than in self-hypnosis. Finger signalling, however, is far more flexible both for heterohypnosis and self-hypnosis.