A Hypnotist can take control of my mind
Fact: No one can control your mind, unless you allow him or her to do so. A hypnotherapist gives you suggestions that you want to be given, based on your therapeutic goals and objectives. At no point during hypnosis will you lose control of your mind. If you hear a suggestion that you do not agree with, or do not understand, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.
If at any time for any reason you want to emerge from the state of hypnosis you will instantly and naturally open your eyes and become fully alert. No one can keep you in hypnosis against your will.
I will be made to perform embarrassing acts, such as bark like a dog or quack like a duck
Fact: This notion is based on stage hypnosis and Hollywood fiction. The truth is that people, who volunteer to be on stage, allow themselves to participate in and respond to suggestions designed around entertainment. By contrast, hypnotherapy is a serious process of self-improvement.
Hypnosis comes from “Black Magic” or is “Supernatural.”
Fact: Hypnosis is a natural state that has been studied and authenticated scientifically. Hypnotherapists are not psychics or palm readers with “special powers.” Hypnotherapy is based on many years of clinical research by famous academics such as Dr. Sigmund Freud, Dr. Carl Jung, Dr. Milton Erickson, Dr. Deirdre Barrett and Dr. John Kappas.
When I am hypnotized, I may not be able to come out of the state
Fact: Hypnosis is very safe and natural state of hyper-awareness. Any time there is an emergency, a person in hypnosis will naturally be able to come out of hypnosis to respond accordingly.
I have never been in Hypnosis before.
Fact: Every person naturally enters a state of hypnosis several times each day. These times are just before falling asleep at night, several times during sleep, and upon awaking every morning. Most people easily enter environmental hypnosis while at the movies, watching TV, driving on the highway, or while reading a good book.
Hypnosis is a Miracle Cure
Fact: While hypnosis is a relatively quick method of making permanent improvements, there is no such thing as a one-time hypnosis based miracle. Each individual makes progress at his or her own pace.
Hypnosis is a great tool to get someone to confess
Fact: Hypnosis is not an alternative to a lie detector tests. Hypnosis cannot force anyone to “tell the truth,” or to confess.
When Hypnotized, I will lose all sense of my surroundings, and will have no memory of being hypnotized
Fact: Hypnosis is not an unconscious state of sleep. In fact, most people report having a heightened sense of awareness, concentration, focus, and hearing. There are a small number individuals who do not have immediate recall of everything that happened while hypnotized.
I cannot be hypnotized because my mind is too strong and or disciplined
Fact: This is an archaic belief that has been proven untrue. People are in and out of a state of hypnosis every day, as noted above, as well as during times of environmental, physical, or emotional “overload.”
Can I “get stuck” in a hypnotic trance?
Fact: No. Because hypnosis is a natural state of mental and physical relaxation you cannot get “stuck” in it any more than you can get “stuck” in sleep. You will naturally come back to your full awareness when you are ready to do so.
Again, hypnosis is a very natural and normal state and cannot be used to hold anyone against his or her will. This is a myth perpetrated by TV and movies which is addressed in more detail below. If a client were to go so deep as to enter a truly unconscious state (a very rare occurrence), they would simply go into natural sleep and awaken when they were rested. It is impossible for anyone to be “left or lost” in hypnosis.
After hypnosis, a person awakens naturally, just as they do after sleep. If the hypnotherapist were to leave before counting them awake, the subject would eventually realize that the session had ended and would awaken on their own. During the session, if there were an emergency, or the subject no longer wished to participate, they could easily awaken themselves at any time and simply stop.
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