Hypnosis: Myths Versus Facts


In a previous article, I explained why so many people are scared about hypnosis.  Unfortunately, the manner in which it is widely portrayed in both the entertainment and media industries have further led to hypnosis being totally misunderstood.  The aim of this article is to address and dispel some of the more widely held myths about hypnosis.

Myth #1: Hypnosis doesn't work

Fact: According to American Health Magazine, a comparison study comparing the effectiveness of Psychoanalysis, Behaviour Therapy and Hypnotherapy obtained the following results:  

Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions.

Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions

Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions

Myth #2: Hypnosis only works on some people.  Certain individuals can’t be hypnotised.

Fact: Since hypnosis is a completely natural state, everybody has the ability to be hypnotised.  The fact of the matter is that we all experience hypnosis each and every day. Whenever you become engrossed in a movie, you naturally enter a state of hypnotic trance.  You willingly suspend your disbelief that they are actors merely acting out a script.  As a result, you experience a variety of emotions as the story in movie progresses.  You also enter a hypnotic state whenever you get totally engrossed in a movie or TV show. Another example is when you are driving and not consciously thinking of the route you are taking.  While your mind drifts off to recall an earlier conversation at work, you end up missing a turn you needed to take.  Human beings are naturally hypnotic - they are actually switching from trance to trance all the time throughout the day.

Myth #3: Hypnosis can make you do things against your will

Fact: All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.  A hypnotist is merely guiding you into the state of hypnosis so that you can access all the amazing benefits that only hypnosis can offer you.  

Imagine you had a problem with your laptop.  You phone a computer expert and they patiently guide you through all steps to take in order to get the results you desire.  Think of your mind as being like a very powerful organic computer.  Hypnotists work with their clients in a very similar way using hypnosis.  At all times, you are in complete control of what is going on.

Rest assured that your subconscious mind is fully equipped with a powerful survival mechanism that will ensure than you will reject any suggestions that are not in your best interests.

Myth #4:  You won't remember anything the hypnotist says.

Fact: In the same way that you can lose concentration and drift off temporarily during a conversation with a friend, the same thing happens during a hypnosis session.  Your conscious mind quickly gets bored or having to analyse and make logical sense of each word spoken by the hypnotist.  So it drifts in and out of the session, allowing the hypnotist to communicate directly with your subconscious mind.  This is the part of your mind responsible for your beliefs and habits.  While the conscious mind is relaxed and at rest, this allows the hypnotist to help the client make powerful and permanent changes.

Have questions about hypnosis? 

Email me at paul@callpaulhypnosis.com