Hypnotherapy is a wonderful modality for helping to create positive, permanent change. I’ve had it myself and it really helped me to leave the past behind and focus on creating a much, much better future. But while hypnotherapy could help many more people, so many are stuck in fear of it. In this guest post, the fabulous Tina from Hypnotherapy1 for Health and Happiness helps explain the truth of hypnotherapy and busts the most common myths about it.
Myth #1 The hypnotherapist will be able to control my mind
Fact: No-one can control your mind. Your hypnotherapist will be the catalyst to the changes you wish to make. You will be given suggestions only based on the pre-hypnotic discussion and agreement. At no point during your session will you lose control of your mind. If you hear a suggestion that you don’t agree with, or don’t understand, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.
Myth #2 I will be made to perform embarrassing acts, such as bark like a dog, or walk like a duck
Fact: This assumption is based on stage hypnotism and Hollywood fiction. The truth is, these people volunteer to act on stage, and they allow themselves to participate in silly suggestions. Hypnotherapy is a serious process of self-improvement, not entertainment.
Myth#3 Hypnosis comes from “Black Magic” or is “Supernatural”
Fact: Hypnosis is a natural state that has been studied scientifically. Hypnotherapists are not psychics or palm readers with “special powers”. Hypnotherapy is based on many years of clinical research by famous psychologists such as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and more recently, by Milton Erikson, John Kappas and Richard Bandler.
Myth #4 If I become hypnotized, I may not be able to snap out of it, or hypnotherapy is dangerous
Fact: Hypnotherapy is very safe, and is in fact a state of hyper-awareness or higher-awareness. Any time there is an emergency, a person would naturally be able to come out of the hypnotic state very simply by opening their eyes and stretching or speaking.
Myth #5 I have never been in hypnosis before – what it if doesn’t work?
Fact: Every person naturally enters a state of hypnosis at least twice every day: just before falling asleep at night, and upon awakening every morning, before getting out of bed. Most people easily enter ‘Environmental Hypnosis’ while at the movies, watching television, driving on the motorway or while reading a good book.
Myth #6 Hypnosis is a “Miracle Cure”
Fact: While hypnotherapy is a highly-effective, relatively quick method of making permanent improvements to one’s life, there is no such thing as a one-time “Hypno-Miracle”! Every individual makes progress at his or her own rate. In my experience, each session will take 2-3 days to process in the mind.
Myth #7 Hypnosis is a great tool to get someone to “confess”
Fact: Hypnotherapy sessions are kept completely private and confidential and cannot be used for court evidence/testimony. It is not an alternative to lie detector tests. Hypnotherapy cannot force anyone to “tell the truth” or to confess.
Myth #8 When hypnotized, I will lose all sense of my surroundings, and will have no memory of the session
Fact: Hypnotherapy is not an unconscious state of sleep. In fact, most people report having a heightened sense of awareness, concentration and focus, and can even hear more acutely during a session.
Myth #9 Self-hypnosis is safer, better or more effective than going to a trained professional
Fact: Self-hypnosis can be detrimental when not taught by a trained professional, as a negative attitude or belief about oneself will be reinforced regardless of suggestions given. This can cause more stress and problems in the long run. Hypnotherapy directly accesses the subconscious mind, while self-hypnosis cannot.
Myth #10 I can’t be hypnotized because my mind is too strong/disciplined
Fact: This is an archaic belief that has, in recent times, been proven untrue. It was thought, long ago, that only 50% of the population could be hypnotized. Over the last 40 years, hypnotherapeutic specialists have developed methods to induce hypnosis in 100% of the population. During your first session, we utilize these methods to determine what type of suggestibility you have, and hence, how to hypnotize you.
It is your decision to use hypnotherapy for self-improvement. I will do my best to serve you in the most efficient and enjoyable way possible.
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