Can Hypnosis Be Dangerous?

From everything I have heard and read, there has not been a single case of hypnosis being dangerous to the client. Many people fear that hypnosis will unleash the wrath of the subconscious mind, but that belief often stems from a Freudian train of thought, which is pretty outdated. It’s also a common misunderstanding that you can stay in the hypnotic state forever and not wake up. Again I must stress that never has this happened, and nor do I think that it ever will. Hypnosis is a state of mind that we enter several times each day, and just like the induced hypnotic state – we find our way out of it each time.

The only case I would consider hypnosis to be dangerous is if you listen to hypnosis tapes when you operate a motorized vehicle or if you use hypnosis on unattended pain. The first one is pretty obvious; you want to be concentrated on the road, not on something said in a hypnosis tape when you drive. The second one is mostly common with trained hypnotists. Some of these hypnotists are capable of managing their pain with self-hypnosis. This is a valuable skill, but it must be used with caution. There is a reason why you have the pain, and you should consult a doctor to find this reason and have it treated before you use hypnosis. Pain signals that there is something with your body that you must attend to. This is also why most hypnotists will refuse to do pain management if you haven’t consulted a doctor about your issue first.