The Myths of Hypnosis

There are so many myths about hypnosis. It’s a shame really, as some of these myths put some people off using hypnosis to help make positive changes in their lives. So in this article I shall talk about ten of the most popular myths about hypnosis, and explain the truth behind each one.

Hypnosis Myth #1 – Hypnotists have special powers.

Wrong! The thought hypnotists have ‘special powers’ originates from media and exploitation of stage shows. The amount of people that ask, “Will you make me dance like a chicken?” This is understandable as there’s a deep mystery surrounding hypnosis. The truth is hypnotherapists don’t have any special powers. They just have knowledge and experience of humans and the mind. With sufficient effort and practice most people could probably induce hypnosis. Of course the real skill is in what way you use it, and how you use the hypnotic state to help people.

Hypnosis Myth #2 – Hypnosis will only work on certain people.

Wrong! Whilst it’s true that hypnosis can be more useful for some people, I would say it’s mainly down to the person’s motivation, their willingness, and their ability to concentrate. As far as I’m concerned everyone is suggestible to some degree. If you’re interested in something and it’s something that you want, generally you’re open to its effects, whether awake or under a trance. That’s the same with hypnosis. If you want it to work and you co-operate, then you’ll reap the benefits.

Hypnosis Myth #3 – People who get hypnotised are weak minded.

Wrong! It’s quite the opposite. Without doubt it’s the people who can concentrate well and have a creative imagination that are, if you want to use the term, the best ‘hypnotic subjects’. These types of people go into hypnosis easier and deeper than anyone else. We’re all susceptible, but it’s just a matter to what degree. If someone is offering me something which is useful, then I will work towards achieving it. It would be really silly to work against something that will give you benefit. So it’s really not true that people who are hypnotised are gullible or weak minded.

Hypnosis Myth #4 – When in hypnosis, you can be made to say or do something against your will.

Wrong! Generally, hypnosis is a state of heightened suggestion. Generally, people won’t do anything which goes against their personal values or beliefs. There is no way even the best hypnotist in the world could get me to dance like a chicken, as I will not be embarrassed. What you have to remember about hypnosis is that it’s not sleep and you’re aware of everything that’s happening around you and you can hear everything. If someone tells you to do something that is really against your values then you won’t do it. You’ll come out of the state of hypnosis, and in fact it would you’d almost be shocked out of hypnosis. It’s as simple as that! Ever noticed in a stage show the hypnotist will dismiss the less co-operative audience members.

Hypnosis Myth #5 – Hypnosis can be bad for your health.

Wrong! Medical practitioners would agree on the health benefits of relaxation. Relaxation helps to bring about a homeostatic balance – a balance within the system, of mind, body and soul, emotionally and physically. The problem is that a lot of doctors say to people “you need to learn to relax” but they never really give them the tools for knowing “how to relax”

Hypnosis Myth #6 – You can get stuck in hypnosis and be unable to wake up.

Wrong! No one ever gets “stuck” in hypnosis. Remember that hypnosis id natural. Everyday we naturally enter a hypnotic state as we drift off to sleep and awake in the morning. Of course hypnosis is a subjective experience and everyone will experience it differently but the worst that could possibly happen is that you drift into natural sleep, and after 5 or 10 minutes you wake up naturally. Some people may use hypnosis to help them sleep

Hypnosis Myth #7  – You’re asleep or unconscious when in hypnosis.

Wrong! You’re not asleep and you’re not unconscious, you’re fully aware of what’s happening around you. Of course everyone’s experience is slightly different, some people feel light, some people feel heavy, but almost everyone feels extremely relaxed. Generally, when people are in a deep state of hypnosis, they feel as if their body has gone to sleep but the mind is still alert, awake, and aware. If you do fall into a natural sleep then don’t worry it will still do the work.

Hypnosis Myth #8 – You’ll become dependent on the hypnotist.

Wrong! Remember, you have a conscious awareness during hypnosis, and are in full control. If the hypnotist was to ask you to do anything inappropriate then you’d pull yourself out of it, spontaneously for most people. The best, most professional and ethical hypnotherapists work in a way that the makes the client feel empowered rather than working in an authoritarian way where problems may result.

Hypnosis Myth #9 – In hypnosis you’ll be able to recall everything that’s ever happened to you.

Wrong! Certain therapists use certain specific techniques that may help a person remember certain things from the past if that’s going to be useful for them. Normally there is no real need to go back into a personal memory or personal history.

Hypnosis Myth #10 – Hypnosis is dangerous

I have heard some very religious people talk of hypnosis as the ‘devils work’. Remember that anything can be used positively and negatively. It’s not the hypnosis that might be at fault, it’s the operator. It’s whether a person is professional and ethical. There are many doctors who use hypnosis.. After all, hypnosis is a naturally occurring, beneficial, positive state

The   word ‘hypnosis’ usually conjures up certain images in people’s minds, and   these stereotypes are sometimes hard to overturn. I hope this article has   helped you to understand a bit more about hypnosis, and hopefully debunked   some of the myths that surround it. The real truth is that hypnosis is a   perfectly natural occurring state, and something that should be embraced for positive   improvements in your life such as;


  •   Confidence in public speaking
  •   Weight loss
  •   Fears & Phobias
  •   Stopping smoking
  •   Health issues, IBS, stress and anxiety
  •   Fertility


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