Myths about Hypnotherapy

What myths are there about hypnotherapy?  Find some below.  But firstly, let me explain.  Hypnosis is not some weird, hippy, bohemian therapy.  It is a science.  Scientists and doctors all over the world have studied the process and the effects.  Find some science about hypnosis here (click)

Myth 1:  People who are under hypnosis are asleep and don’t know what is happening.

This myth has been perpetuated by the stage hypnotists who say things like “On the count of 3 you will fall asleep” and “When I click my fingers, you will wake up”.  Hypnosis is not a state of sleep.  It is a state of deep relaxation in which you become hyper aware and focused on what is happening around you.  You are in control of the situation the whole time and can stop the session whenever you feel the need to.

Myth 2:  People can’t remember what they have done under hypnosis.

This is another stage show myth.  People have very good memories of what has happened under hypnosis.  For instance, people can be encourage to explore their past whilst being in a hypnotic state.  When they return to normal, they still have very vivid memories of what they experienced under hypnosis.

Myth 3: Hypnosis make me helpless

You are not immobilised or paralysed during the relaxation. You know exactly where you are at all times. You can change your sitting position, scratch yourself, sneeze or cough. Sounds around you, for example a phone ringing or a dog barking are audible yet you won’t focus on them . At any moment you are able to open your eyes and leave the relaxation.

Myth 4: I can become stuck in a hypnotic trance and never come out

It is not possible to get stuck in hypnosis as it is only a form of relaxation. Since you are the one who is in control, you can choose to leave hypnosis at any time. If, hypothetically, your hypnotherapist were to leave the room and fail to return, you might eventually fall asleep for a brief nap and after 5 or 10 minutes, you will wake up naturally. If an emergency were to occur (such as a fire in the building), you would recognise the urgency of the situation and return to full alertness. You are fully aware of your surroundings, yet peacefully relaxed.

Myth 5: Hypnosis can be bad for my health

It is quite the opposite. Hypnosis is a safe and natural process. One fact that most people are unaware of is that we undergo hypnosis several times in our daily lives. For example, while driving along a motorway, very often, people suddenly discover that they have lost concentration for several minutes. This is actually an example of momentary hypnosis. It is out of the question for anybody to in any way be hurt by hypnosis.

Myth 6: Hypnosis is part of the occult

Much of what people believe about hypnosis comes from what they’ve seen in movies or read in fiction which are seldom based upon fact. Hypnosis is actually a perfectly natural state of mind which most people pass in and out of several times daily such as daydreaming. Hypnosis has nothing to do with magic wands and occult abilities, it is just breathing.  Simple and natural.

Myth 7: Hypnotist have special power

Hypnotists have no special or supernatural powers. A competent hypnotherapist has been educated in the nature, history and practical uses for hypnosis. He/she has been thoroughly trained in safe and effective techniques to guide a person into hypnosis and using methods to affect positive change in that person’s life.

Myth 8: The hypnotist has complete control of my actions

Hypnosis requires voluntary participation on the part of the patient. You can never be persuade against your own will. Usually, a person in the hypnotic state already determines his/her own level of participation in the process. Therefore, if a suggestion given is unacceptable you, it will simply be rejected and will usually startle you instantly out of hypnosis.

Myth 9:  People who get hypnotised are weak minded

The opposite is actually true. Hypnosis requires intelligence and the capability to concentrate. Motivation and cooperation are also necessary for success, none of which are easily achieved by the weak-willed or weak-minded. The fact is scientific research has proven that those of above average intelligence and creativity are actually the best candidates for hypnosis.

Further scientific research on hypnosis to help inform you:

There’s actually science behind hypnotism – link

Science of hypnosis – link

Is hypnosis real?  Here’s what science says – link

How hypnosis works – link

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