People get a lot of ideas about what hypnosis is and isn’t, mostly from watching television, movies, and stage shows.
Here are the true facts: A hypnotist is unable to take control of another human. If you choose to get participate in a hypnosis session, you’ll be aware and conscious during the entire session. You’ll be able to remember it as well as you can remember anything else. Just about everyone is capable of being hypnotized, just like anyone is able to wake up and go to sleep every single day. Hypnosis is nothing more than the in between state, in between sleeping and wakefulness. It’s not possible for you to become “trapped” in hypnosis any more than you can become trapped in sleep or in wakefulness.
And if you’re worried about being made to quack like a duck, don’t. A hypnotist is there to help you, not to trick you into performing stage acts.
Learn what hypnosis is and is not; that way you can know what you’re getting into.
There’s a great deal of incorrect information out there about the subject of hypnosis. If you want to feel comfortable going to a hypnotist, it’s important to understand the real truth behind what a hypnotist does and doesn’t do. Otherwise, you may go in to a session thinking things will happen that simply won’t happen.
One of the most problematic falsehoods about hypnosis is that only people with weak minds are capable of being hypnotized. That’s frankly untrue. There is no correlation between the strength of a client’s mind and their ability to be hypnotized. In point of fact, someone with a strong mind may well be better capable of getting results through hypnosis than someone with a weak mind.
This is because clients with stronger minds are capable of a greater degree of control over their mental processes. It takes a large amount of control to open your mind to the necessary suggestions of hypnosis. Ceasing resistance and opening your mind allows the hypnotist to gently guide the client into the mental state necessary for hypnosis.
Another common myth is that the hypnotist will have full control over the client during the session. This is purely the stuff of television and movies. It’s patently impossible for a person to take over another person’s mind in that manner.
People who’ve entered a trance are doing nothing more than being in a heightened state of relaxation. When a person is relaxed to the extent of a hypnotic trance, it can help them remember triggers and therapies. However, the human mind can become bored, so if not stimulated by some specific suggestions and ideas, the client will simply awaken.
Yet another common myth is that of a wrathful hypnotist. People who’ve seen hypnotism stage shows at fairs and carnivals think a hypnotist will force them to do some silly, strange action to prove control. Not only is this unethical, but it’s also unnecessary, since, as stated, a human mind cannot be controlled in such a manner at all!
The problem with this myth is that it speaks to a far greater problem. The problem is with representation of hypnosis in various media outlets. In order to be hypnotized, you have to trust the hypnotist and keep an open mind. Anything you see that doesn’t lead to trust and an open mind are simply incorrect. As long as you keep that in mind, you can counter most myths about hypnosis.