By Angie Egan, CHt
Hypnosis is increasing in popularity, as more and more people understand that they can make rapid, positive changes in their lives in just a few hypnosis sessions. However, there are still plenty of myths out there about hypnosis. Listed below are some of the most common myths and concerns clients have about hypnosis, as well as the explinations on why they are unfounded.
Loss of Consciousness
Hypnosis is a fully conscious process; at no time during a session (either with a hypnotist or during self-hypnosis) is a hypnotized person unconscious or sleeping. Sometimes, hypnotized people may appear as if they are sleeping because of the fully relaxed state they are in. However, sleep is the absence of conscious awareness. To utilize the power of hypnosis, a client must engage with their conscious mind, as that the only way a client is able to facilitate the positive changes they desire.
Hypnotized People Do Odd and Crazy Things
If you have seen a stage hypnosis show, then you have seen first-hand the silly things people will participate in while in hypnosis. However, in order for those people to participate in those shows, they must first be willing to do so. Their will is the critical factor in the process. Without their willing participation (yes, they WANT to cluck like a chicken) it is impossible for a hypnotist - or anyone - to force them into some sort of mind control.
Only Weak Minded People Can Be Hypnotized
To the contrary, the more intelligent the person, the better the hypnosis client. The reason is simple. Hypnosis is not mind-control; it's teaching a client that through the use of self-hypnosis that THEY are in control of whatever changes they desire.
Revelation Of Secrets
When in hypnosis, clients do not spontaneously begin talking about their secrets or give revealing details about their lives. If it wouldn't be said in normal conversation, it would not be said in hypnosis.
Fear of Getting "Stuck" In Hypnosis
Since hypnosis is a self-induced state of conscious relaxation, it is impossible to get "stuck" in it. Similarly, you cannot get "stuck" in sleep. When you choose to become fully alert, you will.
Hypnosis Weakens the Will
Engaging in a hypnotic state does not mean someone has power over you, or that repetitive hypnosis sessions will wear down your will and do whatever someone else desires. Just as you would gain better control over your golf game each time you practice, you will gain more control and positive change toward whatever goal you are working on in hypnosis. Repetitive hypnosis sessions strengthen your resolve and conscious desire to make that change.
Hypnosis is Dangerous
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that people experience many times, every day. For example, when you fall asleep each night, your mind must pass through the hypnotic state to reach the sleep state. Therefore, hypnosis is no more dangerous than a good night's sleep.