There are many (false) stories about hypnosis and hypnotherapy being dangerous, turning people into chickens, people not being able to wake up, unscrupulous hypnotists exploiting their ‘vulnerable’ patients, and so on.
But there are also people who can attest to the fact that hypnosis has change their lives, helping them achieve their goals, such as as weight loss, quitting smoking, gaining confidence, eliminating phobias and stress, fixing their relationships, and so on.
For all these people hypnosis has worked, which means that hypnosis and hypnotherapy are indeed real, safe and can help you overcome your biggest obstacles, no matter what these are.
As for those who think that hypnosis is some form of charlatanism, scam or dangerous practice, here are a few myths on hypnosis which we’ll try to dispel for you, hoping that you’ll give this common practice a try and improve your life and health in unimaginable ways…
Myth #1: Hypnosis doesn’t work for everyone
It’s true that different people have different degrees of resistance to hypnosis, and that not all techniques work the same for everybody. But it’s also true that the vast majority of people can get into hypnotic trance, so hypnosis will most likely work for you, too.
There are certain types of people, however that cannot be hypnotized, such as:
- people suffering from psychosis or thought disorder
- people with low IQ
- people who purposely resist hypnosis
NOTE: It is very easy to resist hypnosis if you want to avoid being put into trance because the human psyche has built-in safety measures which it has developed over millions of years of evolution, and these safety mechanisms (conscious barriers) are what’s stopping us from getting into trance.
Myth #2: Hypnosis is bogus because you can’t feel anything
When properly put into hypnotic trance you can actually feel it. You feel more mentally and physically relaxed. It is a very pleasant experience, and you can tell that you are still in control. You can still hear exactly what is going on around you (unless you willingly choose to drift your attention away).
You become aware that you can easily stand up, talk, or move whenever you want. A lot of people – when they first experience a hypnotic trance – move their fingers or hands in order to test whether they can move at will.
Sometimes, a hypnotized patient can be a little difficult to wake up, but this is nothing to worry about if you are in the hands of a good hypnotherapist that knows his / her stuff. And it’s definitely not something sinister as it’s been portrayed by malicious, or ignorant people who don’t understand hypnosis, or don’t agree with it.
No one has ever been stuck in trance. It is more a case that a patient just “can’t be bothered” to wake up as it feels so pleasant. However they soon become bored and they will wake up on their own.
Myth #3: Hypnosis is dangerous and can leave you crippled
Here’s the thing: hypnotic trances are natural states that everyone go into, several times a day. This has been tested and proven time and again, so we won’t go through this all over again.
But just know that hypnosis itself is not dangerous if the suggestions given to you during the hypnotic trance are not dangerous themselves. Hypnosis means telling your subconscious mind to do something and after getting out of trance your subconscious will act in the background towards making that suggestion happen.
Obviously that if the suggestion that’s been implanted into your brain is to do evil then – with enough repetition of the suggestion and especially if it has been implanted deep into your psyche – then yes, hypnosis is bad. But it’s not the hypnosis itself that is bad as much as it’s the suggestion.
Myth #4: Hypnosis can make you do things against your will
This is probably one of the few hypnosis myths that can be true on isolated occasions. There are people who are born with great hypnotic power and when such a powerful hypnotist meets a naturally weak person the hypnotist can nullify the victim’s willpower and make it his / her toy.
Unfortunately, there are people like that who can (and do!) abuse their power to get things their way. But these instances are rare and isolated anyway, but in general, you can’t be made to do anything against your will, or contrary to your values system.
Myth #5: Hypnosis effects are instant and permanent
Just like with the previous myth, we need to make a very important note here. Which is, the effects hypnosis will have on you heavily depend on 2 very important things: how deep the hypnotic trance is, and how deep the problem you are trying to fix is rooted into your psyche.
Both these factors are crucial to the outcome of a hypnotherapy session, so the effects of hypnotherapy are most always neither instant, or permanent.
It’s true that removing bad habits is usually harder than creating good habits, but no matter if you’re trying to create good habits or remove the bad ones it will still take time and daily reinforcing of the conditioning to see any effects at all, or for the effects to be permanent.