Myths About Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Busted

There are a lot of myths about hypnosis, for good reasons. When hypnosis is used to entertain an audience, the entertaining part is often people acting crazy, seemingly under the hypnotist’s control. The rest of the audience sees this and concludes that this can happen. Some claim it’s working, but many others think it’s mind-control. The author explains this and other misconceptions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy in this article.

The TV shows showing people doing crazy and embarrassing things while under Hypnosis have slightly tarnished the reputation and perceptions about what you can achieve with Hypnosis.

The truth is that while highly Hypnotizable people may have significantly reduced awareness of their immediate surroundings, the large majority of people are consciously alert during the induction process.

Hypnosis is sometimes magical, producing immediate, effortless, and excellent results. Yes, because of its ability to make thinking more flexible, dramatic changes can happen. However, as with all interventions, lasting benefits take time and effort.

Another misconception about Hypnosis is that subjects will lose control and be forced to do unnatural acts or tell secrets. There is no scientific support for this idea. When under Hypnosis, you will always possess control over your actions. When you see hypnosis shows on TV and audience members are jumping about the stage clucking like chickens, remember that they volunteered to do that in the full knowledge that they would be expected to do something crazy.

Some people also wonder how Hypnotism can be effective if you remain conscious and hear every word of the Hypnotist. The big plus of Hypnosis is that the state of deep relaxation means that you are relatively free of your usual busy mind in everyday consciousness. Without distractions, your mind can direct itself and focus much more clearly. As you become relaxed, you’ll often hear the hypnotherapist suggest that you imagine yourself in your favorite place, at your favorite time of year. In a relaxed state, you can do this with ease and believability (hear the birds around you or feel the warmth of the midday sun). The hypnotherapist merely guides your journey.

When hypnosis is used for therapeutic purposes such as stopping smoking, the therapist uses phrases (suggestions) based on what you have stated as a desired outcome (you enjoy breathing deeply, feel calm throughout the day, etc.). You will hear these phrases with a depth of focus not ordinarily accessible in the ordinary waking state.