There are plenty of myths about hypnosis. that can put people off going to a hypnotherapist, with so much bad press and TV, (look into my eyes) like this clip from little Britain, it's a wonder anyone ever goes, but as Hypnotherapy is on a major increase, we thought we would try to help you with some of those Myths, so that you can make those changes and start the rest of your new life, if after spending valuable time and reading this section you are still worried then please do Contact us, what have you got to lose?
#1 – “Do hypnotists have special powers over their clients?”
This is a major Myth, and the answer is NO! what you must remember is all Hypnosis is self-Hypnosis, Hypnotists, do not have any power, but they have the skill and knowledge in how to use Hypnosis as a benefit to people. The idea that hypnotists have ‘special powers’ came from a film. This is understandable as mystery surrounds hypnosis. and this will be the way till more people see the benefits of Hypnosis.
#2 – Hypnosis will only work on certain people. This is incorrect.
Most people can induce Hypnosis, but some people can take a little longer. It is mainly down to the person’s motivation, their willingness, and their ability to concentrate.
Everyone is able to be hypnotised. Generally, if you want to change and you are open to change then you will see the benefits of hypnosis.
#3 – People who can be hypnotised are weak minded.
Wrong! this is totally untrue without question it is the people who can concentrate and have a creative imagination that are, in my opinion the best ‘hypnotic subjects,' Creative people generally enter into hypnosis easier and deeper than anyone else. We are all susceptible to suggestion, but it is a matter to what level. If someone is offering me something which is useful, then it would be silly to work against the benefit it would give you.
#4 – When in hypnosis, you can be made to say or do something against your will. This again is one of the biggest myths really this should have been number 1. Wrong! hypnosis is a state of heightened suggestion. People will not do anything which goes against their personal values or beliefs. What you must remember is that Hypnosis is not sleep and you are aware of everything that is happening around you. If someone tells you to do something that is really against your own feelings, then you will not do it. You will come out of the state of hypnosis,
It is as simple as that!
#5 – Hypnosis can be bad for your health.
Wrong! There has never been a reported case of anyone suffering, due to a visit to a professional hypnotherapist. My guess would be that all Doctors and health care workers would agree on the health benefits of relaxation. Which can lead to a balance within the mind, body and soul, emotionally and physically. Most doctors and health experts agree relaxation goes a long way to keeping people healthy but are unsure as to how to help people achieve that state. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state. If you want to feel in balance within yourself and the world around you, hypnosis is the best state to be in.
#6 - You can get stuck in a state of hypnosis and be unable to wake up.
Wrong! No one ever gets "stuck" in hypnosis. Remember hypnosis is a natural and normal state that we enter into and out of every day at some time. but the worst that could happen is that you drift into natural sleep, and after 5 or 10 minutes you wake up naturally. Some people under hypnosis fall asleep. I have had it before with people, where they have been so stressed, that they have actually fallen asleep. This is not a problem. But remember, you will never get stuck in hypnosis. Even if the Hypnotherapist suffered a heart attack, then the conscious mind after a few minutes would notice something has changed and return you back to the awakening state.
#7 - You're asleep or unconscious when in hypnosis.
Wrong! You are not asleep and you are certainly not unconscious, you're fully aware of what's happening around you. Of course, everyone's experience is slightly different, some people feel light, some people feel heavy, but almost everyone feels extremely relaxed. When people are in a deep state of hypnosis, they feel as if their body has gone to sleep, but the mind is still alert, awake, and aware. If you do fall into a natural sleep then do not worry. As your sub conscious mind is still listening, like a mother who wakes up from a deep sleep when her baby is crying.
#8 - You will become dependent on the hypnotherapist.
Wrong! Remember, you have a conscious awareness during hypnosis, and are in full control. If the hypnotist was to ask you to do anything inappropriate, then you'd generally wake up. The best, most professional and ethical hypnotherapists work in a way that the makes the client in charge rather than working in an authoritarian way where problems may result.
#9 - In hypnosis you'll be able to recall everything that has ever happened to you.
Wrong! Certain therapists use certain specific techniques that may help a person remember certain things from the past if that's going to be useful for them. Normally there is no real need to go back into a personal memory or personal history.
#10 - Hypnosis is dangerous and is the work of the devil!
Some religious people talk of hypnosis as the 'devils work'. Remember that anything can be used positively and negatively. It is not the hypnosis that is at fault, it's the way it is used. There are many doctors who recommend Hypnotherapy. You must believe in what you practice, I totally believe in Hypnotherapy through my own experiences and also my clients.