10 Misconceptions about Hypnosis​

Whether you are learning how to be a hypnotist or thinking about going to a hypnotist/hypnotherapist for help, it is crucial to have a clear idea of what hypnosis is as well as what it is not. These can cause people to resist going into a trance.

  • Hypnotists have special powers
  • A hypnotist has control over the hypnotic client
  • You are asleep when in a hypnotic trance
  • A hypnotist could make you do anything and say anything
  • Hypnosis is a truth serum
  • Only weak-minded people  can go in hypnosis
  • During hypnosis, you can be controlled to do things against your will
  • You will become stuck in hypnosis if something happens
  • You are in a hypnotic state  if you can hear the hypnotist
  • You’ve tried hypnosis in the past, and it didn’t work

Misconceptions about hypnosis

Hypnotherapists have special powers

A hypnotist is an ordinary person who eats, sleep, feels happy and sad, and loses their car keys. There is nothing unique or magical about them at all. Hypnotists are trained to help guide people into a hypnotic state. Do you know the wrong doctor or teacher? Let’s face it; all hypnosis is not the same.

It all depends on who is doing it with what kind of experience and training. In every profession are people with insufficient training, experience, and empathy. A skilled hypnotist/ hypnotherapist who has a good foundation, performs the best form of hypnosis. Be careful there are a whole lot of charlatans out there selling you anything in the name of hypnosis.

A hypnotist has control over the hypnotic client

No one can hypnotize you against your will. Not only that but a person can come out of a hypnotic state and end a session at any time he/she chooses. Hypnosis sessions are dependent upon a mutual and cooperative relationship between the client and the hypnotist at all times. A hypnotist and his/her client are equals. The hypnotist is simply a trained professional who facilitates the hypnotherapy process but does not control it.

You are asleep when in a hypnotic trance

Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness, much like any activity in which the person’s concentration is narrowly focused, such as meditation. Clients are aware of sounds, smells, and other sensory stimuli, as well as where they are.

A hypnotist could make you do anything and say anything

In hypnosis, the awareness is increasing. You are aware of everything going on around you.  You can reject any suggestion at any time. You will never say or do anything that goes against your moral and ethical principles.

Hypnosis is a truth serum

A person could be made to reveal secrets or say embarrassing things in the hypnotic state. You can lie in hypnosis! You can also edit and withhold information. You will never divulge any information to the hypnotist that you wouldn’t reveal in a normal waking state. Remember, however, that lying or withholding information while in hypnosis may reduce the effectiveness of the session.

Hypnosis is only possible with weak-minded people

To the contrary, the more intelligent and imaginative a person is, the easier it is to hypnotize him/her.  The two most important factors associated with a successful hypnosis session are 1) the talent, training, and experience of the hypnotist and 2) the willingness of the client to be hypnotized.

You will become stuck in hypnosis if something happens

No one has remained indefinitely in a hypnotic state. A hypnotic trance can be terminated by the hypnotist OR THE CLIENT at will, at any time. Coming out of hypnosis is as simple as opening your eyes.

You are not hypnotized if you can hear the hypnotist

Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness, much like any activity in which the person’s concentration is narrowly focused, such as meditation. Clients are aware of sounds, smells, and other sensory stimuli, as well as where they are. And of the cause, they have thoughts and hear the hypnotist.

I’ve tried hypnosis in the past, and it didn’t work

The vast majority of clients who are unable to go into hypnosis are inadequate due to the poor training or techniques of the hypnotherapist. There are NO terrible hypnosis clients, but there are bad hypnotherapists. So be careful!

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