Are there any popular myths about hypnosis?
Yes, there are lots mistaken beliefs about hypnosis. Here are the facts:
Hypnosis does not:
• Allow the hypnotherapist to control the subject’s mind.
• Cause people to fall asleep.
• Make the subject forget what has happened.
• Make people do things against their will.
Will I tell any secrets under hypnosis?
No. Hypnosis is not a truth serum. You have full control over what you say. Subjects in Hypnosis reveal no secrets in the Hypnotic State that they would not reveal (because they want to) in the Waking State.
What about the idea that some people are just not hypnotizable?
Anyone who can daydream can be hypnotized if he is willing. Nobody can be hypnotized against his will. If a person is not willing to cooperate, he cannot be hypnotized. However, the idea that some people are just not hypnotizable is INCORRECT. Some people may initially have problems with feeling that they may lose control in some unacceptable way. This may lead them to intellectually second guess and over analyze what is going on. Thinking too much will interfere with relaxing enough to enter hypnotic state.
Hypnosis is NOT about the hypnotist controlling the person. It is about the person gaining more control over himself. Once he/she realizes that experiencing hypnotic state will (a) help him/her feel how he/she wants to feel and do what he/she wants to do, AND (b) actually give him/her more control and power than he/she previously had, he/she will stop over thinking, let it happen, and become a good subject.
Note: A Physician referral is required before initiating work on diagnosed conditions. Working in close cooperation with your medical team ensures your progress in an optimal manner.