Myth #1 Loss of Consciousness
One of the many myths of hypnosis is that you will lose conscious awareness.
In this altered state called hypnosis you do not lose awareness or fall asleep. You are always alert and aware of everything at all times and can hear everything the hypnotist says. While consciousness is entirely suspended in natural sleep, it is definitely present in hypnosis — a great difference.
Hypnosis, then, is not sleep.
In hypnosis one is awake and alert.
Hypnosis more closely approximates normal waking consciousness than it does sleep.
Myth #2 Hypnotized People Do Odd and Crazy Things
If you have witnessed a hypnotism show, you can see how one might leave the performance with that impression.
The perception is that the hypnotist’s commands are irresistible. The stage hypnotist is an entertainer. To put on an entertaining show the performer must invoke in the volunteer subjects outrageous behavior.
Hypnotherapy is used for serious purposes, so naturally you will not be made to crow like a rooster or engage in any other buffoonery, as in stage hypnosis.
Myth #3 Surrender of the Will, Loss of Control
This myth has been perpetuated by novels, magazines, TV, movies and comic strips. Many people believe that hypnosis is a surrender of the will to the all “powerful hypnotist.”
Since the ability to be hypnotized is a subjective experience nothing could be further from the truth.
Most experts agree that ALL hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
And although the hypnotist guides and develops the hypnotic state, the ability to be hypnotized rests with the client, you. You are always in control.
Myth #4 Weak Mindedness
A common misconception is that only weak-willed or feeble minded persons can be hypnotized.
Contrary to popular belief there is a direct correlation between intelligence and one’s ability to be hypnotized. It is difficult and often impossible to hypnotize morons, psychotics, or severely detached individuals.
The greater your intelligence the better you will respond to hypnosis.
Myth #5 Revelation of Secrets
“Will I tell you any secrets while I am in hypnosis?”
The answer is NO!
Hypnosis is wrongly presumed to be a “truth serum” that renders the hypnotized person incapable of lying, and robs the client of the ability to keep embarrassing secrets confidential. While in hypnosis a person will not spontaneously begin talking, or reveal any intimate secrets they would not tell in their waking state.
No, you won’t give out your ATM PIN number!
Myth #6 Fear of Getting “Stuck” In Hypnosis
“What happens if you can’t get me out of this?” What if you have a heart attack while I’m hypnotized?”
Answer “open your eyes and dial 911.”
There is never any danger of you being “stuck” in a hypnotic state, since you are always aware of your surroundings. What’s more, since you are always in control there is no difficulty in terminating a hypnotic state.
Myth #7 Hypnosis Weakens the Will
The will is not weakened or changed in any way.
You are always in control and you cannot be made to do anything against your will. This means that you cannot be dominated by the will of the hypnotist.
Myth #8 Hypnosis Is Habit Forming
Can a person become addicted to hypnosis or can it become habit-forming as a drug can?
You can resist hypnosis at anytime, no matter how many times you have been hypnotized.
Myth #9 Repeated Inductions Weaken the Mind
Repeated induction does not weaken the mind. In university experiments thousands of students have been hypnotized hundreds of times without harm.
Myth #10 Hypnosis Against Will
A person cannot be hypnotized against his will.
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It begins with an initial “get acquainted” call that typically lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.
During our first session I will answer any and all of your questions and then I’ll outline the steps we will take together to help you achieve your goals or overcome some issue.
Hypnosis is not a clash of wills. It is a condition of trust and cooperation between a client (i.e. you) and the hypnotist (in this case me).