Hypnosis is deliberate and direct communication with the deepest part of yourself, it is a line to the place where your thoughts are born, bypassing all irrelevant chatter. In order to create lasting change, sometimes you have to reboot a metaphorical program running in your mind. Change an idea held at the very root of where it starts. For instance, say you hate to exercise, the mere thought of it fills you with dread. Maybe you had a bad experience in a gym, maybe you just don't like to sweat, it really doesn't matter why. When you speak to, or in this case elect someone (the hypnotist) to speak to you on your deepest level, where these thoughts begin, you reprogram yourself to enjoy and look forward to exercise. This effect then bubbles up through every other layer of your mind, until it is something that you then desire to do. Your dread of it will disappear. And you will do it. It will feel good to do it.
A hypnotist is simply an ambassador to your deepest self.
Many internal conficts arise when there is a schism between your conscious and your subconscious mind. You want to but you can't. No matter what you tell yourself in your conscious mind, you still can't let yourself do it, or make yourself do it. The only way is to get your subconscious on board. Only then will you overcome your resistance. Once your subconscious turns around reisitance to desire, you, too, can do anything you wish to do.
It is not magic and it is not without effort on your part. You are not a passive subject in the matter.
Hypnosis will help change the program, plant the seed, but you still must tend to the growth it will engender. You will reinforce what has taken place and it will grow in your conscious mind. After all; it was you who wished for it in the first place!
Please read further to understand some of the myths-vs-facts about hypnosis.
The Hypnotist will be able to control my mind.
No one can control your mind, unless you let them. Your Hypnotherapist will give you suggestions that you want to be given, based on the Pre-Hypnotic Interview. At no point during your session will you lose control of your mind. If you hear a suggestion that you don't agree with, or don't understand, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.
I will be made to perform embarrassing acts, such as bark like a dog, or walk like a duck.
This assumption is based on Stage Hypnotism and Hollywood fiction. The truth is, these people volunteer to act on stage, and they allow themselves to participate in silly suggestions. Hypnotherapy is a serious process of self-improvement, not entertainment.
Hypnosis comes from "Black Magic" or is "Supernatural".
Hypnosis is a natural state that has been studied scientifically. Hypnotherapists are not Psychics or Palm Readers with "special powers". Hypnotherapy is based on many years of clinical research by famous Psychologists such as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.
If I become Hypnotized, I may not be able to snap out of it, or Hypnosis is Dangerous.
Hypnosis is very safe and is in fact, a state of hyper-awareness. Any time there is an emergency, a person would naturally be able to come out of the Hypnotic state by opening their eyes, and stretching or speaking.
I have never been in Hypnosis before.
Every person naturally enters a state of hypnosis at least twice everyday: just before falling asleep at night, and upon awaking every morning, before getting out of bed. 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".
While Hypnosis is a relatively quick method of making permanent improvements, there is no such thing as a one-time "Hypno-Miracle"! Every individual makes progress at his or her own rate. Be wary of those who make wild claims of overnight success.
Hypnosis is a great tool to get someone to "confess".
Hypnotherapy sessions are kept private and cannot be used for court testimony. It is not an alternative to 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 the session.
Hypnosis is not an unconscious state of sleep. In fact, most people report having a heightened sense of awareness, concentration and focus, and can even hear more acutely during a session.
Self-Hypnosis is safer, better, or more effective than going to a trained professional.
Self-Hypnosis can be detrimental when not taught by a trained professional, as a negative attitude or belief about oneself will be reinforced regardless of suggestions given. This can cause more stress and problems in the long run. Hypnotherapy directly accesses the subconscious mind, while Self-Hypnosis cannot.
I can't be hypnotized because my mind is too strong.
Basically anyone can be hypnotized as long as they do not belong to the following groups of people:
- children who are age under 4;
- people who are mentally challenged;
- people who are under the influence of drugs and alcohol;
- people who are unwilling to be hypnotized.