Myths About Hypnosis

There are a lot of myths circulating about hypnosis which just aren’t true. Here are what are perhaps the five most common myths about hypnosis.

Myths About Hypnosis

1. Only mentally weak people can be hypnotized

Untrue. Intelligence or strength of mind has nothing to do with it.

Hypnosis is about suggestibility and ability to focus and concentrate.

2. Only some people can be hypnotized

This one is also untrue. Most of us have in fact already experienced some form of hypnosis.

For example, when you are driving in your car and you suddenly realize you can’t remember the last minutes of your journey that have gone by.

This especially can happen with motorway driving, but it can also easily happen when you are commuting in your car from your home to the office and back. Your subconscious mind takes care of all the mechanical and safety aspects of driving while your conscious mind is largely free to think whatever thoughts it wants.

It is correct to say that some people are relatively resistant to being hypnotized in a formal hypnotherapy situation. However, with enough effort and with the appropriate techniques, a state of hypnosis can still usually be achieved.

3. When you are hypnotized your mind is under the control of the hypnotist

Also untrue. A person under hypnosis is still in control of their mind and their actions.

It is very difficult to get a hypnotized person to do anything which they do not really want to do or which might be in conflict with their morals or usual standards of behaviour.

4. Hypnosis is sleep

Untrue. When you are hypnotized you are not asleep, even though your eyes are probably closed and you are relaxed and peaceful.

Hypnosis is actually a heightened state of focus and concentration which you do not experience when you are asleep.

A hypnotized person is always awake, responsive, and alert.

5. Hypnosis can change a habit or cure a phobia in just one session

It’s possible to cure a phobia or change a habit in one single session of hypnosis, but it is not always easy.

More likely you will need several ongoing sessions over a longer period. It depends on what you want to achieve, how suggestible you are, and not least the nature of the problem you are addressing.

6. It’s possible to get stuck in a hypnotic trance

Also untrue. All hypnotic trances eventually come to an end – and sooner rather than later. You can no more “get stuck” in hypnosis any more than you can “get stuck” asleep. Both are simply natural states which always end after a while.

If you were not guided back out of the trance from by your hypnotist or by the audio program if you are using self-hypnosis, then you will probably remain a little longer in the trance, but sooner or later – and most likely sooner rather than later you will return by yourself. The worst that could happen is that you might simply fall asleep and wake up later on after a refreshing nap.

7. It’s not possible to hypnotize yourself

Also not true. In fact, there is a saying “all hypnosis is self hypnosis”. This means that all hypnosis takes place under the consent of the person being hypnotized. They must allow themselves to go into a hypnotic state, otherwise it cannot happen.

And remember, people can and do go by themselves into a varying state of hypnotic trance by themselves on a regular basis, for example, when out driving in the car.

It is harder to reach a deep state of hypnosis by yourself, but it is not impossible.

A good way to help you achieve a state of self-hypnosis is to use a guided hypnosis audio program.

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Disclaimer: This article does not constitute or provide medical advice, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or protect against any disease or illness. This content is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If in doubt, consult a medical professional. Do not practice self hypnosis, or listen or watch hypnosis audio or video if under 18, if pregnant, or suffering from a medical condition without prior medical approval, or while driving or operating machinery or equipment. Always select an environment that is safe and secure. Any instructions given may be used only at your own risk.


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