Myths of Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy is often misunderstood and there are many myths about the treatment that lead people to think of it as brainwashing or something similar to mind control.
Myth: Fear I will lose control
You are always in complete control in fact while in hypnosis you are more in control of your mind & body. Your hypnotherapist is just your guide. If there were an emergency, and the Hypnotherapist left the room, you would emerge by yourself, just as you do when you wake up from sleep.
Myth: I was asleep, not hypnotized
When you are in Hypnosis, your physical body is relaxed, but your mind is very much awake. Some people relax so deeply, especially in this tension-filled world, that they feel like they were asleep. However, when the Hypnotherapist suggests that they emerge at the count of five, they open their eyes, proving they were following suggestion and not asleep.
Myth: I can’t be hypnotized
Any person with a thinking brain can go into hypnosis & even meditate provided that they are willing and that no fear is present.
Myth: I may reveal all my secrets
Hypnosis is not a truth serum. You will only share with your Hypnotherapist what you are willing to share.
Myth: I might get stuck in Hypnosis
You cannot get stuck in Hypnosis. Without constant dialogue, Hypnotherapy cannot be sustained and you would simply fall asleep. The person in Hypnosis can emerge at any time from this natural state of mind by simply counting themselves out 1 up to 5.
Myth: The strong-minded are not easily hypnotized
In fact, it's just the opposite. The more intelligent and creative an individual is, the easier they will be to hypnotize.
So what is hypnosis and how exactly does it work?
When someone is hypnotized, they are put into a relaxed, “trance-like" state similiar to that of meditation or someone while in deep prayer. Where they have increased responsiveness and concentration. As a result of being hypnotized, the client will become more open to suggestions from the therapist.
Hypnosis is often used as treatment for purposes such as pain, improving sleep disorders, helping clients go into a state of relaxation, healing childhood trauma or changing undesirable habits and behaviors like smoking or nail biting. Hypnosis can even help with common struggles like test taking or public speaking.