Myths about Hypnosis

In the last few years, hypnosis has become a popular topic for TV shows such as “The Mentalist,” and is often shown in movies as well. As much as we all enjoy the fantasy world these shows present, this form of entertainment also perpetuates certain myths about hypnosis.

  1. A common myth is that a person under hypnosis is out of control. The exact opposite is true. You don’t lose control while under hypnosis, but rather, you take control and focus your awareness. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist is just a guide leading you into a state that you are capable of achieving on your own. In fact, we all go into a hypnotic state at different times during our day.
  2. Some people are afraid that they will divulge secrets while under hypnosis. Thanks to TV and movies, they associate hypnosis with a polygraph or truth serum. The truth is that a person can still lie under hypnosis. With hypnosis, you are aware of everything around you. You have the choice to answer or not to answer a question. You also have the ability to lie or to tell the truth. You are always in control.
  3. Myth number three is that only certain people who are suggestible and easy to influence can be hypnotized. People usually believe in hypnosis—but not for themselves, only for others. They doubt they themselves can be hypnotized. In reality, any person with a normal ability to focus and concentrate can be hypnotized—if they want to be hypnotized. It has been proven that an intelligent and strong-willed person actually goes into a hypnotic state quicker than a weak-minded person. You are the one who makes the decision to take control of your life and to use hypnosis to access your powerful subconscious mind.
  4. Myth number four: In movies, we see people who are hypnotized and become stuck in hypnosis. It is an impossibility to ever be stuck in a hypnotic state. If someone claims to be stuck in this state, hypnosis is used as an excuse to do something they would otherwise not have permission to do. It is always without fail possible to come out of a hypnotic trance.  

If you are interested to learn more about how hypnosis and/or self-hypnosis can be used to help you reach your goals contact me for a free consultation.


Can anyone be hypnotized?

When I give talks on Hypnosis or Psych-K®, a question I am often asked is, “Can anyone be hypnotized?” You might as well ask, “Can everybody relax?”

The answer is yes. As long as you want to, you can learn to relax. As long as you want to, you can go into a hypnotic trance. However, if you don’t feel comfortable and don’t trust the practitioner you are seeing you will probably not relax very deeply, whether they are guiding you into a relaxing meditation or into a hypnotic state.

Hypnosis is always self hypnosis. You have to open up to being guided. You are choosing to focus on the voice of the hypnotist. You are choosing to let go and go to a deeper and healthier level of your mind.

At this deep level of your mind, your brain wave activity slows down to the alpha or theta frequency. You are between being awake (beta wave activity) and being asleep (delta waves) and your subconscious mind is accessible to receive beneficial suggestions that help you reach your goals. Old beliefs can be erased and new, more supportive beliefs can be programmed at this deep level.

Contrary to how it might appear when you see a stage hypnotist perform or when hypnosis is portrayed in the media, the person in hypnosis is always in control. You can choose to come out of your trance at any time. You will not do or say anything that you would not normally do or say. You won’t cluck like a chicken unless you want to.

If you are interested to find out more how Hypnosis and/or Psych-K® can change the beliefs that are holding you back from achieving your goals and living a healthier and happier life, contact me for a free consultation.