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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. 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.

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, and thy 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, and more recently, by Dr. Milton Erikson and Dr. John Kappas.

Myth #4: If I become Hypnotized, I may not be able to snap out of it, 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.

Myth #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.

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MYTHS

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 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, he hurt you or did something inappropriate, 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.) Essentially, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. A knowledgable hypnotherapist merely guides or facilitates the process for you.

When you’re in hypnosis

YOU GIVE UP YOUR FREE WILL

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 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, he hurt you or did something inappropriate, 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.) Essentially, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. A knowledgable hypnotherapist merely guides 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. Further, 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 a free phone consultation, and go with your intuition.

Under hypnosis

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 says while they are in the state. Sometimes there is a delayed reaction…in other words, 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. In other words, we “plant seeds,” and they begin to sprout and grow after treatment.

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