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The Myths and Inaccuracies about Hypnosis

You may have heard some bizarre stories about Hypnosis. Some make me really chuckle. I remember seeing hypnotists on TV, swinging pocket watches in front of people’s faces and making them do the funniest things. If only therapy was that easy!

There are many myths and stereotypes surrounding hypnosis that can lead to misunderstandings and misconceptions about this powerful therapeutic tool. Stay tuned as we will explore some of these myths, as well as the differences between stage hypnosis and clinical hypnosis and natural everyday trance states.

Myth #1 Hypnosis is a form of mind control. I wish! I’d have used this on my kids years ago, wouldn’t you? In all seriousness, while hypnosis can be a powerful tool for making positive changes in behaviour and thoughts, it is not a form of mind control. During hypnosis, an individual is fully aware and in control of their actions. They are simply deeply relaxed and more open to suggestions and more receptive to change. Myth #2 Only certain people can be hypnotized. Well, anyone can be hypnotized as long as they are willing and able to relax. Have you ever been driving in your car and you don’t remember part of the journey? Or have you been so engrossed in a film or a book that you completely forget about the outside world around you? This is a natural trance state, we do it all the time. Neuroscientists believe we enter trance many, many times a day. Myth #3 Stage hypnosis is the same as clinical hypnosis. Stage hypnosis, which is often seen in entertainment shows, is very different from clinical hypnosis. Stage hypnosis is primarily for entertainment purposes and involves volunteers who are willing to be part of the show. Clinical hypnosis, on the other hand, is a therapeutic tool used by trained professionals to help individuals make positive changes in their lives. Myth #4 Hypnosis puts you to sleep. While hypnosis is often associated with sleep, it is really a state of deep relaxation and heightened suggestibility. During hypnosis, an individual is fully awake and aware of their surroundings, but their mind is more open to positive suggestions and change. Myth #5 Everyone goes into a deep trance during hypnosis. Actually, the depth of trance can vary from person to person and can depend on a variety of factors, such as the individual’s level of relaxation and willingness to enter into hypnosis. Some people may go into a deep trance, while others may only experience a light trance state – both being very effective. So don’t be fooled by these myths about hypnosis as it’s a powerful and effective tool for making positive changes in behaviour and thoughts. By learning more about hypnosis and how it works, I hope you can better understand and appreciate this powerful tool for personal growth and transformation.

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