Myth #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. You will not lose control of your mind at any point during your session. 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. As a result, 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 Dr. Sigmund Freud and Dr. Carl Jung. More recently Dr. Milton Erikson and Dr. John Kappas analysed it.
Myth #4: Hypnosis is dangerous and I may not be able to snap out of it.
Fact: Hypnosis is very safe and is actually just a state of hyper-awareness. If there was an emergency, you would be able to naturally come out of the Hypnotic state by opening your eyes and stretching or speaking.
Myth #5: I have never been in a state of Hypnosis before.
Fact: Every person naturally enters a state of Hypnosis at least twice everyday: just before falling asleep and when waking up. Most people easily enter ‘Environmental Hypnosis’ while at the cinema, driving on the highway or reading a good book.
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And The Reality
When you’re in the hypnotic state
THE HYPNOTHERAPIST HAS COMPLETE CONTROL OVER YOU
Reality: A certified Hypnotherapist’s treatment is only as strong as the client’s allowability. Think of it like this: Hypnosis does for the mind what a massage does for the body. When you are enjoying lying on the masseur’s table, you are vulnerable and trust the masseur to treat your body according to your wishes. If at any point they hurt you, you would sit bolt upright- would you not? We call this “abreaction.” If a Hypnotherapist gave you an undesirable suggestion, you would immediately come out of the state. This is why it is wise to choose a state Certified Hypnotherapist.
When you’re in hypnosis
YOU GIVE UP YOUR FREE WILL
Reality: Many people think that Hypnotherapy takes away any free will the individual has. While the mind is less guarded when you are in a state of Hypnosis, you are still in a deeply focused state. It can actually teach you how to master your own state of awareness. In fact, Hypnotherapy can be viewed as a self-hypnosis. A knowledgable Hypnotherapist will only guide or facilitates the process for you.
You can be put
UNDER HYPNOSIS AGAINST YOUR WISHES
Reality: Can you go to sleep against your wishes? Or have a massage against your wishes? It is essentially the same “alpha” state. Furthermore, your chances of being taken advantage of by a Hypnotherapist are equal to your being take advantage of by a Medical Doctor. Does it happen? Yes. Are these practitioners in business for long? No! Again, choose a state Certified Hypnotherapist. Take advantage of their free phone consultation and go with your intuition.
YOU LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS AND HAVE AMNESIA
Reality: Even medical science cannot guarantee a 100% success rate. Certainly, there is a small percentage of people who go so deep into trance that they do experience spontaneous amnesia. However, the vast majority remember everything the therapist addressed while they are in the state. Sometimes there is a delayed reaction and it may “hit” the client a day later. That is the real beauty of hypnosis: no matter how great you feel when you leave the office after a session, it is in the distillation process that occurs within the subconscious/psyche that one feels the real power. Hypnotherapists “plant seeds” which begin to sprout and grow after treatment.