Myths About Hypnosis
Common Myths About Hypnosis
1. Myth: One is Asleep or Unconscious When In Hypnosis.
It is a common belief that people who are under hypnosis are unconscious or asleep. This perception derived from stage hypnosis and TV films. In reality people are MUCH MORE FOCUSED and tuned to their inner world while under hypnosis than in normal life.
2. Myth: One Can Be Hypnotized To Say Or Do Things Against Their Will.
It is another common belief that the client will surrender to the hypnotist’s power and do something against their will. In reality clients are in control AT ALL TIMES, and they are totally capable to make the decisions about what they want to do, and what they do not want to do.
3. Myth: Only Weak People Can Be Hypnotized.
As hypnosis is a special state in which the person is able to concentrate on their goals, it does require a strong motivation and will to succeed, and the ability to focus and connect to one’s inner resources.
4. Myth: One Can Be Forced to Reveal Their Secrets When In Hypnosis.
Some people believe that under hypnosis they will be forced to reveal their secrets. It is not true, as clients are AWARE at all time of everything while they are hypnotized, and they are ALWAYS IN CONTROL.
5. Myth: One Can Get “Stuck” In Hypnotic State.
Some people are afraid that once hypnotized they will never come out of it. As all hypnosis is a self-hypnosis, and clients actually induced the trance themselves, they can always revive themselves when they want it.
6. Myth: Hypnosis Is Induced By The Power Or Dominant Personality Of the Hypnotist.
Another common belief that one has to have a dominant personality in order to be a successful hypnotist. That leads to a misconception that male hypnotists are more successful that their female colleagues. In fact hypnosis is not about a power struggle but it is about COLLABORATION BETWEEN HYPNOTIST AND CLIENT to achieve client’s goals.