Misconceptions About Hypnosis

There are many misconceptions about hypnosis that have been perpetrated throughout the years, fostering a general lack of understanding about the subject.  These misconceptions have led to a sense of apprehension in some individuals – ironically in many of those who would benefit most from the technique….

The most common misconception is that a hypnotist has control over the individual being hypnotized.  This is believed, in part, because most images of a person being hypnotized show that person’s eyes closed, their body lying down or sitting motionless, and they are listening to and being given “commands” from a hypnotist.  Add to that, commonplace scenes of theatrical hypnosis where the subjects are oftentimes doing inane acts of behavior – clucking like chickens, seeing imaginary objects, etc. – and it is easy to see why this misconception is believed.  No one under hypnosis however will violate their own conscious moral principles, meaning that they will not do something that they would not otherwise do in a conscious state of mind.

In reality, theatrical hypnosis does work, and can at times be amusing – but more importantly it is not an indication that the hypnotist has control over an individual.  The participants or subjects in theatrical hypnosis performances are individuals who quite frankly have a propensity to being “on stage”, and may be less inhibited than most in the overall population.  That’s not to say that they are not hypnotized – because they ARE hypnotized.  It’s just that they are motivated to, and want to be hypnotized.

One underlying truth though is that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.  A hypnotist is a facilitator who helps in bringing an individual into a hypnotic state (altered state of consciousness) through the use of carefully scripted words, phrases, and imagery.  No tricks, no drugs, no coercion, no magic.  Also, in order to be successful at it, a person must be motivated to undergo hypnosis.

Another related misconception is that the individual being hypnotized loses consciousness.  Not true!  One’s conscious mind is there, present and has the ability to be in control over what one does. The reality is that while under hypnosis one’s conscious mind can and will prevent one from doing anything that they really don’t want to do.  No one can be hypnotized if they really don’t want to be hypnotized.

Some people also mistakenly believe that a person goes to sleep while under hypnosis.  This is also untrue.  This belief may have originated as a result of people hearing hypnotists saying the word, “sleep” to an individual that is undergoing hypnosis, or, because that person has their eyes closed, is not moving and in a resting state.  Whatever the reason for this belief the truth is that the person is going into an altered state of consciousness, not sleep.

There is also a belief by some, that people under hypnosis will, to use a phrase, “spill their guts” or tell the hypnotist their deep, dark secrets.  The truth is that a person under hypnosis will only reveal what they want to reveal – things that they would consciously tell another person, be that a trusted family member a good friend or therapist.  Again, as previously mentioned, a person under hypnosis will not say or do anything that they would not otherwise do in a conscious state of mind.

Overall, many people are apprehensive about hypnosis because of the misconceptions about how it happens, and their perception that they somehow lose control.  The opposite is actually true however.  Hypnosis empowers individuals to use more of their mind, and in so doing allows individuals to gain control over their behavior, feelings and emotions, and make very positive changes in their lives.

To learn how you can begin to gain more control in your own life, and overcome issues which keep you from achieving your goals, contact
Hypnosis La Jolla at 858 242 9676.

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Posted by: rcarlson on October 16, 2014 @ 4:29 pm
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