Clinical hypnosis is used to help people improve themselves for the better and to help them make positive changes. Stage hypnosis is more like a magic trick and tends to pre-screen participants beforehand to filter out those who are highly suggestible and will perform well on stage.
Because of the often-negative portrayal of hypnotherapy through the T.V and stage, many are now sceptical of their susceptibility to being hypnotised before they even give it a try.
Another common misconception is that when the individual is undergoing hypnotherapy they will loose all control to the hypnotist. This is not the case. The individual will constantly remain in control. Hypnotherapy is just a heightened state of control, which allows the individual to relax fully so that the hypnotherapist can work with the subconscious mind and gradually retrain it into a new more positive mindset. Because of this state of relaxation combined with the subconscious mind now being more active and open to suggestion than the conscious mind, this is why individuals appear more tranquil.
Although misconceptions are common in this area, with education and research people are realising the full scope of what this alternative therapy can offer.