When people come to my practice all they know or have heard about hypnosis is what they’ve seen in the TV or Magic shows, so many times, before doing the session, I have to demistify some of the ideas that they come with.
Here is a list of the most common myths people have about hypnosis:
1. The Hypnotist will be able to control my mind.
Fact: No one can control your mind, unless you let them. Your Hypnotherapist will give you suggestions that you want to be given, based on the Pre-Hypnotic Interview. 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.
2: I will be made to perform embarrassing acts, such as bark like a dog, or dance like a ballerina.
Fact: This assumption is based on Stage Hypnotism and movies. The truth is, these people volunteer to act on stage and participate in the suggestions given in the show. Hypnotherapy is a serious process of self-improvement, not entertainment.
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 many specialists.
4: If I become Hypnotized, I may not be able to “wake up”, or Hypnosis is Dangerous.
Fact: Hypnosis is very safe and is in fact, a state of hyper-awareness. Any time there is an emergency, a person would naturally be able to come out of the Hypnotic state by opening their eyes, and stretching or speaking.
5: I have never been in Hypnosis before.
Fact: Every person naturally enters a state of hypnosis at least twice everyday: just before falling asleep at night, and upon awaking every morning, before getting out of bed. Most people easily enter ‘Environmental Hypnosis’ while at the movies, watching TV, driving on the highway, or while reading a good book.
6: Hypnosis is a “Miracle Cure”.
Fact: While Hypnosis is a relatively quick method of making permanent improvements, there is no such thing as a one-time “Hypno-Miracle”! Every individual makes progress at his or her own rate.
7: Hypnosis is a great tool to get someone to “confess”.
Fact: Hypnotherapy sessions are kept private and Hypnosis cannot force anyone to “tell the truth” or to confess.
8: When Hypnotized, I will lose all sense of my surroundings, and will have no memory of the session.
Fact: hypnosis 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 better during a session.
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.
10: I can’t be hypnotized because my mind is too strong/ disciplined.
Fact: this is an archaic belief that has, been proven untrue. It was thought, long ago, that only 50% of the population could be hypnotized. Some people can’t, but most people can. And when guided, they can focus more intently than they may have believed they were capable of.