Have you ever considered going for a hypnotherapy session? Many people do so hoping to overcome their fears, alleviate unusual stress or remove unwanted habits from their life. What you may not know is that hypnosis therapy has certain misconceptions attached to it. This article will shed some light on these misconceptions.
1- Hypnosis is Something Special or Magical
This is one of the biggest misconceptions about hypnosis therapy and other kinds of therapy. People often think hypnosis therapy is some special treatment reserved for only certain types of problems or people who are somehow unusual. But hypnosis therapy can be used for all sorts of psychological issues, including those that may seem more “ordinary” than others.
For instance, hypnosis can be used to help people with phobias overcome fears, treat anxiety disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), reduce stress levels, and much more.
2- You Have to Be Relaxed for Hypnosis to Work
This one is especially misleading because some people use relaxation techniques in hypnosis without realizing that they’re not actually being hypnotized. Hypnosis requires a state of focused attention, so if you’re too sleepy or relaxed, the hypnotist may have trouble getting you into a trance. However, people uneasy about being hypnotized usually find that their fears quickly fade away once they realize how safe and beneficial hypnotherapy can be.
3- Hypnosis is a Quick Fix
Hypnosis therapy is not a quick fix. It takes time and commitment to see results, but it can be very effective in helping you achieve your goals. The key is to find an experienced hypnotherapist who has been certified by an accredited organization.
4- You Can Be Made to Do Something You Don’t Want to Do Under Hypnosis
A hypnotized person cannot be forced to do anything against his will, particularly actions that would cause harm either to himself or others. This misconception comes from the idea that people are vulnerable when asleep, which is not true. We are all vulnerable when we’re asleep because we don’t have our usual defenses up or access to our senses.
However, someone under hypnosis can only do what they would normally do in another state of consciousness, so if they have strong moral principles, then they won’t do anything immoral while under hypnosis, either.
5- When You’re Hypnotized, You Sleep or Pass Out
The truth is that hypnosis is not sleep nor does it involve sleeping. People under hypnosis may appear to be asleep because their eyes are closed. However, they are awake and aware of what is happening around them. In fact, when a person is under hypnosis, they can hear suggestions given by the therapist and answer questions about what they remember about a particular event.
6- Only Weak-Minded People Can Be Hypnotized
The misconception that only weak-minded people can be hypnotized is false. Hypnosis is a state of mind that can be induced by suggestion or by using specific techniques. The hypnotic state is characterized by concentration, relaxation, and heightened receptivity to suggestion. While it is true that many people who are easily hypnotized are highly suggestible and imaginative, it does not mean they are weak-minded or gullible. In fact, some people who are perfect subjects for hypnosis may be intelligent and cautious by nature.
People with pain problems, phobias, anxiety, self-image, and weight issues, to name just a few psychological issues, can benefit from hypnosis. This is a state in which you are perfectly aware of everything around you while remaining perfectly relaxed and comfortable. You are wide awake, but your mind has drifted into a delightful reverie.