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Modern Hypnotherapy - common misconceptions

Jul 8, 2008
Hypnotherapy is a rapidly advancing field that is leaving behind the old Svengali-like mind control image, and proving instead to be an effective treatment for a range of psychological and psychosomatic (physical issues exacerbated or created by the mind) problems.

People suffering from negative emotions, bad behaviours and other psychological issues can use the help of a skilfull hypnotherapist to change their patterns and replace them with more positive ones.

However, in spite of advancements many misconceptions about hypnosis still remain, which means that due to a level of apprehension some people may needlessly avoid hypnosis as a potential treatment.

Some of the obvious misconceptions are: -

1."What if I get stuck in hypnosis?"

This is a common fear, even to this day. Fortunately there have been no reported cases of people getting 'stuck' in hypnosis.

Rarely a person can enjoy the experience of being hypnotized so much, that they appear unresponsive to the hypnotherapist's instructions to emerge from hypnosis. Other than that, you remain in control; you can - if the need should arise - open your eyes at any point.

2."Could my therapist mind control me?"

This stems from the old portrayal of hypnosis such as the evil Svengali character that was able to use his innate influence to control others. The media and stage hypnosis have also helped to instill the idea that people can be controlled in hypnosis.

It is important to remember that the patient is always in control throughout the hypnosis period and can accept or reject any suggestions that might be passed on by the therapist.

3."Will I be able to go in to a state of hypnosis?"

Going into a deep state of hypnosis does require more practice but we all have the ability to some degree. The ability varies from person to person just like people's abilities vary in sports, arts etc but with practice, anyone can achieve the hypnotic abilities required to make changes in their lives.

A skilled hypnotherapist will work with each client individually to ensure they have the correct tools and understandings to get results with hypnosis.

4."Will I lose consciousness?"

Contrary to popular belief, many patients report back that they feel more aware and in touch with their surroundings during hypnosis. This is because the mind is very relaxed and still.

5."Will my therapist know all my secrets?"

Again, this is impossible because as mentioned earlier, patients are always in control throughout the session. The only thing that has been reported by patients is that they feel more accepting and open to the positive suggestions made by their therapist.

It is very easy to lie in a hypnotic state and is one of the reasons that courts do not accept materials recovered in a hypnotic state as evidence.

Correcting these common misconceptions helps to resolve any needless fears that people may have, enabling them to get the best results from hypnosis.

Hypnosis has been developed throughout decades and people are finding it to be more effective then conventional routes in many cases.
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