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Confusions about modern hypnotherapy

Jul 9, 2008
The old Svengali-like perception of hypnotherapy often associated with mind control is rapidly being replaced by its effectiveness in dealing with a wide variety of psychological and psychosomatic (physical issues confirmed in the mind) issues.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful technique of human interaction that, when skillfully applied, enables people to shift and overcome long standing negative beliefs, behaviour patterns, and emotions, replacing them with life enhancing alternatives.

Even though Hypnotherapy has advanced as a field, the common public still has some misconceptions about hypnotherapy and as a result, they avoid hypnosis in general which is not really necessary.

Following is a list of common misconceptions: -

1."I fear getting stuck in the state of hypnosis"

This is the most common fear that people still have. For the record, there have been no verified and recorded instances of patients just getting "stuck" in hypnosis.

To go into a very deep trance often requires a lot of practice and it is rare for a patient to go in such a deep trance that they cannot understand and follow the instructions of the hypnotherapist to open their eyes. Moreover, the patient always remains in control and can open his or her eyes at any time they like.

2."Could my therapist mind control me?"

This is a misconception with its roots in the not so liked Svengali character who would use his evil to control people. Some blame has to be passed to the media at this point which represents stage hypnosis in a certain perception that one can control people.

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."What if I can't be hypnotized?"

Different people have different natural abilities to go in to a hypnotic state similar to the varying abilities people have in sports, music etc. The important thing to remember however, is that with practice, anyone can improve their ability to go in to hypnosis.

A skilled therapist will work individually with each client to make sute that they have the right tools and understandings to get the desired results with hypnosis.

4."I do not want to lose consciousness"

During the state of hypnosis, a patient is totally aware of everything around them. Many patients have reported that they actually feel more aware during hypnosis because they are more relaxed and still. They can clearly hear and feel whatever is around them.

5."Will I disclose things I want to keep secret?"

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.

The development of hypnosis throughout many numbers of years has meant that often people find it quicker and more effective to achieve results through hypnosis as opposed to other conventional methods.
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