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.