Common Myths & Misconceptions About Hypnosis
The portrayals of hypnosis in the entertainment and media industries have contributed to a wide misunderstanding of the true nature of hypnosis. The following information will help to address some of the more widely held misconceptions about hypnosis.
Some people can’t be hypnotized.
Everyone has the ability to be hypnotized because it’s a natural, normal state that each of us enter at least twice each day – upon awakening and falling asleep.
People may have this misconception because of an unsuccessful experience they've had with a hypnotist. People are responsive to different approaches, and if a particular approach has not been successful in the past, it's a matter of finding the way that works best for them.
You can be hypnotized to do things against your will
The hypnosis practitioner is merely a guide or facilitator. He/she cannot "make" you do anything against your will. In fact, during a hypnotic session, you are completely aware of everything going on. In other words, if you do not like where the hypnotist is guiding you, you have the power to reject the suggestions.
This is a commonly held idea that has its source in stage shows and other venues that capitalize on the “power” of the hypnotist. One of the roles of the subconscious mind is to protect so will not accept suggestions that will not be helpful.
Under hypnosis you will always tell the truth and could even reveal personal secrets
You can lie under hypnosis just as easily as in the waking state. In fact, as hypnosis gives you greater access to unconscious resources, you may even be able to tell more creative lies when in trance. Additionally, you are in complete control of what you chose to reveal or conceal.
I won't remember anything the hypnotist says.
Everyone experiences hypnosis differently ... for some it's a state in which you are focused on the hypnotists words and listening more carefully, for others it's a little more like day dreaming and your attention may drift and wander from one thought to another ... sometimes not paying any conscious attention to what the hypnotist is saying. Either way is okay, and neither will be more or less effective than the other. It's simply a matter of your own personal style.
A person can get stuck in a trance forever.
No one has ever been stuck in a hypnotic trance. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that we enter and exit during the normal course of a day. There are no known or reported dangers with hypnosis when working with a trained practitioner. If the hypnotist fails to emerge someone from hypnosis, he/she will return to a fully alert state on their own. Depending on that person's need for sleep, he/she will either drift on into a natural sleep or simply emerge to full consciousness spontaneously within minutes.
Intelligent people can’t be hypnotized
Studies suggest that people of above average intelligence who are capable of concentrating and who have a capacity for creativity and vivid imagination usually make the best subjects.
A person under hypnosis is asleep or unconscious.
Hypnosis is NOT sleep, it is not unconsciousness, and it is not mere relaxation. Person in hypnosis may appear as though they are sleeping physically from the mental standpoint the client is generally relaxed and may be keenly alert, in a comfortable state where the person can think, talk and even move about if needed. But all clients are unique and can experience hypnosis in their own unique ways.
People will respond to hypnosis differently. For some it feels like they are just relaxing with their eyes closed. This is the case for people who are more analytical in nature. Others will feel some interesting sensations like heaviness or "spaciness". Others will feel like they have had moments of dropping off to sleep. The effectiveness of hypnosis does not correspond to how you experience hypnosis.
People sometimes wonder if they will be talking in hypnosis and that depends. Sometimes it is necessary for us to trace back where an issue stems from in which case I give you the option of talking during the session or afterwards. On other occasions you have very little to do as I will be guiding the session.