Top 5 misconceptions about hypnosis

The media and movies haven't done hypnosis any favours and a lot of people have lots of misconceptions about what hypnosis is and isn't. Here are the Top 5 misconceptions about hypnosis

1. Hypnosis = Sleep

There are a lot of people who expect to feel hypnotised when they see a hypnotherapist and many people are surprised to discover that hypnosis is a very familiar state to be in. In fact hypnosis is a perfectly natural and normal state to be in where you experience a greater sense of relaxation. Plus you are still aware of what is going on around you. It's a different state of relaxation compared to being asleep. If you drift off to sleep then you've gone too far and your brainwaves will no longer be at the optimum level for the changes that you want your unconscious mind to absorb and integrate.

2. Hypnosis = Loss of control

You will not lose control during hypnosis or a session of hypnotherapy because the truth is that the hypnotherapist doesn't have any control over you. Hypnosis is a collaboration of energy and ideas and you will only ever accept suggestions that are aligned to your own values and beliefs

3. Hypnosis = Revealing secrets

This is a common misconception about hypnosis! The fact is that if there's stuff you don't want to reveal then just because you are in hypnosis doesn't mean you will be compel to talk about it. If your unconscious mind makes information or insights known to you then it's your conscious decision whether you want to share those details or not.

4. Hypnosis = Being gullible or stupid

Actually, there is strong evidence that suggests that the more intelligent you are, the more suggestible you are and therefore you further increase your success in creating changes using hypnosis.

5. Hypnosis = You can get stuck in hypnosis

The fact of the matter is that you absolutely can not get stuck in hypnosis. You may find that you are enjoying the wonderful feelings of relaxation so much that you'd like to stay there! But if the hypnotherapist stops facilitating trance then the client will get bored and come out of hypnosis by themselves or fall asleep because they are become so deeply relaxed and then wake up when they are ready.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Catherine Jackson, Hypnotherapist who specialises in Weight Loss
Romsey, Hampshire, SO51

Catherine Jackson BA Hons. Internationally recognised certified trainer in NLP, master time line therapy™, hypnosis and NLP coaching. She has assisted many people to overcome obstacles and achieve success through the process of coaching and training.

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