When you hear the word hypnosis, you may picture a mysterious figure with a swinging watch as portrayed in movies, comic books and television. However, this image couldn’t be further from the truth. Hypnosis has been and is currently used in medical applications, as well as to improve confidence, let go of fears and phobias, lose weight, become a millionaire, improve brainpower, and many more. This article – Hypnosis: The Myths and Facts – discusses some of the most common MYTHS surrounding hypnosis, and the TRUTH behind them.
1) Hypnotists have special powers
Nope, although I imagine that newly qualified hypnotists may like to think they do🙂. Hypnotists do not have any special powers. They simply have the knowledge and experience to take you down into a deep state of relaxation, then deliver the right kind of message to your inner mind.
2) Hypnosis only works on weak minded people
It is said that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. So you’re the one doing the work and changing your thought patterns. Therefore it is actually those who can focus and with greater imagination who get the best results from hypnosis. The hypnotist, or hypnosis recording, simply facilitates the process.
3) During hypnosis, you can be made to do things against your will
No, you can’t be hypnotized into doing something you don’t really want to do. You’re not being controlled by someone else. If a hypnotist tries to tell you to do something that goes against your values, you will reject it and jump out of your trance-like state.
4) You can get stuck in a hypnotic state and never wake up
There has never been a single recorded case of this. The state that you’re in during hypnosis is similar to that of day-dreaming. You’re just very relaxed. You can ‘wake up’ at anytime. Usually that will be at the end of the session, when guided to do so by the hypnotherapist.
5) Hypnosis is an occult and it is against my religion
Hypnosis is a branch of psychology, and has no connection to any religion whatsoever. It is simply a safe and natural method of relaxing your mind, and feeding yourself with positive affirmations and ideas.
I hope this article has helped you to clear up some misconceptions regarding hypnosis. Click here to return to the Hypnosis Live product review.