For more than a hundred years, hypnosis has been recognized by many as an effective way of overcoming addictions, managing pain, eliminating or reducing anxiety, and many more. It has helped countless individuals achieve their desired goals and improve their quality of living. However, despite the strong testaments that people have about hypnosis, a lot of people are still hesitant to give it a try. This is because there are a lot of false stories about hypnosis that they choose to believe in. Here are 11 common myths about hypnosis that you have probably heard about and a brief explanation debunking each of them:
Myth #1: The hypnotherapist will be able to control your mind.
The truth of the matter is, no one can take control of your mind, unless you allow them to. The suggestions that your hypnotherapist will give you are ones that you want to be given based on the pre-hypnotic interview. At no point during a hypnotherapy session will you feel helpless and lose control over your own mind. If you hear a suggestion that do not agree with your desires, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.
Myth #2: Only persons who are mentally weak can be hypnotized.
Actually, the reverse of this myth is probably truer! The stronger you are mentally, the more easily you are hypnotized. Entering a state of hypnosis is all about concentration. When you are mentally strong, focusing should not be difficult for you.
Myth #3: There are some people who just couldn’t be hypnotized.
In the past, people believed that only 50% of the population can be hypnotized. However, as we advanced into the future, hypnotherapists have developed methods to induce hypnosis in 100% of the population. This means that anyone can be hypnotized! Your hypnotherapist will determine what type of suggestibility you have allowing them to hypnotize you effectively. In addition, because of your conscious decision to use hypnosis for self-improvement, your mind will readily accept the idea of hypnotherapy.
Myth #4: Hypnosis makes you sleep.
Individuals who are hypnotized seem like they are asleep because they close their eyes and behave peacefully during sessions. However, this doesn’t mean that they are sleeping! They are awake and their minds are active. The brain waves of a person who is hypnotized are completely different from those of a person who is asleep. When a person is hypnotized, he is in a heightened state of concentration. If a device is attached to his body to monitor his brain activity, you will discover that his brain emits high levels of alpha waves. This means he is awake, alert and very responsive.
Myth #5: Self-hypnosis is better and more effective than going to a trained hypnotherapist.
Self-hypnosis is also a great way to improve yourself but it can be detrimental when not taught by a trained hypnotherapist. It can reinforce a negative attitude or belief about oneself if not done properly. Self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy both involve hypnosis but are different in a huge number of ways, and that includes their ability to access the mind. Hypnotherapy directly accesses the subconscious mind, while self-hypnosis cannot. It produces faster and more effective results.
Myth #6: Hypnosis is a great tool to squeeze a confession out of someone.
What happens during a hypnotherapy sessions are kept private. They cannot be used for court testimony. Likewise, hypnosis does not serve as an alternative to a lie detector test. It cannot force a person to confess something against their will.
Myth #7: One hypnotherapy session can “cure” you.
While this may sound good, one hypnotherapy session cannot “cure” you. Claims of this kind come from people who tell such kind of stories because they sound better than admitting that it took them years of hypnotherapy to give up their bad habits. The truth about hypnotherapy is that change happens according to your own pace and realistically speaking, change cannot be created as quickly as one day. It takes time. Usually, hypnotherapists insist that their clients commit to at least six sessions. There are even some who require their clients to take 20 sessions.
Myth #8: After a hypnotherapy session, I will have no memory of it.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not an unconscious state of sleep. As a matter of fact, most of the people who have tried hypnotherapy report that they have a heightened sense of awareness, concentration and focus during a session. Some also claim that they can hear more accurately while hypnotized.
Myth #9: Hypnosis can “cure” everything.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool to overcome a number of uncomfortable and painful conditions. It is used to get rid or reduce addictions, anxiety, stress, pain and many more. However, hypnosis is not a substitute for medical treatment. If you are in need of medication for a debilitating illness like cancer, for instance, do not think that hypnosis is the solution to your ailment. It can help alleviate the symptoms, not magically take your illness away.
Myth #10: I will be made to do embarrassing acts, such as walking like a duck or barking like a dog.
This misconception is based on Stage Hypnotism and Hollywood fiction. In Stage Hypnotism, people volunteer to act on stage and they allow themselves to participate in silly suggestions, which is why hypnotists can make them act silly. Hypnotherapy is different. It is a serious process of self-improvement. It is nowhere near entertainment.
Myth #11: Hypnotherapists are either flamboyant or weird.
Thanks to television, many people have a wrong idea of what a hypnotherapist is like. In reality, it is distracting if a hypnotherapist has swirling eyes, wears bright and loud ties and doesn’t stop talking about black magic. A real-life hypnotherapist is most likely to wear a grey suit.
I am inviting you to join my FREE seminar “Explore Hypnosis” on Wednesday, September 16 from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Come and learn more about how you can improve yourself and your life with hypnosis. Let hypnosis change your life! See you there!