Most people’s questions about hypnosis come from the confusion caused by what we have seen on Tv shows or movies. This questions often reflect people’s worries about control or danger or people’s lack of understanding about the process of hypnosis. These are some of the most common questions:
Will I lose control when under hypnosis?
No. This is probably the most common misconception about hypnosis. Nobody can be hypnotised against their will. Hypnosis is not about the control by the hypnotist. It is about working together so that the client can be empowered to create change in his or her life. Nobody can be forced to do anything against their will. The ‘control’ misconception is originated from stage hypnosis and involves people who really want to be on a stage.
Will I be asleep when hypnotised?
No!The word hypnosis comes from the ancient Greek word ‘hypnos’ meaning sleep. Hypnosis is generally a very relaxed state but it is not sleep. Many people after a session of hypnosis don’t believe that they were hypnotised at all but that comes from misconceptions about just what a ‘trance’ in fact is.
Will I be able to wake up and come out of the trance?
If you want to come out of hypnosis you simply choose to do that. If the hypnotherapist disappeared you would simply come back to full consciousness in your own time. We go in and out of hypnosis and other altered states of consciousness (e.g. daydreaming) many times a day but we always come back out of them easily and naturally.
Will I say secret information under hypnosis?
No. You cannot be forced to say or do anything under hypnosis that you don’t want to. You are always completely in control and empowered.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Some people find it easier to relax than others. That’s also, why some people are able to go into hypnosis more quickly and more deeply than others. Most people can go into at least a light trance and with most hypnotherapeutic goals that is enough so therefore everyone can benefit from hypnotherapy to some extent.
What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis or hypnosis used in a clinical setting as opposed to say, stage hypnosis. In many countries, it is not permissable to refer to oneself as a hypnotherapist without having an appropriate medical or psychological background.