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Dispelling Myths about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

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Hypnosis is becoming mainstream and there is more information today than ever to explain what hypnosis is and what hypnosis is not. Hypnotherapy has many benefits and has helped so many people who have struggles in their lives such as weight loss, smoking cessation, stress reduction, anxiety, grief and loss, self-confidence, pain management, ADD grief/loss, Veterans concerns/PTSD, self-image/confidence, motivation, insomnia etc.

Sometimes, breaking a bad habit is about more than just strong willpower and unwavering discipline. Sometimes, you need to get at the root of the problem, all the way down in the murky depths of the subconscious.

The reality is, hypnosis is a deep state of calmness and relaxation. The body is very comfortable and the mind is more alert than in your normal state of awareness. Many people still relate the word hypnosis with an image of being unconscious and out-of-control. Nothing could be further from the truth. You can hear and respond to everything during the therapeutic process and are an active participant in the therapy.

An individual cannot and will not ever be compelled to do or say anything under hypnosis that is in conflict with their personal, ethical standards or desires.

These are some common myths about hypnosis and hypnotherapy:

Myth #1 The Hypnotherapist can control my mind.

Fact- Hypnotherapy gives you suggestions based on the Pre-Hypnotic interview. You are never out of control. If you don’t agree or understand a suggestion, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.

Myth #2 I will perform embarrassing acts such as bark like a dog or walk like a duck.

Fact- This assumption is based on Stage Hypnotism. People who participate in stage hypnosis are volunteers and allow themselves to participate in silly suggestions. Hypnotherapy is a serious process of self-improvement, not entertainment.

Myth #3 Hypnotists have special powers.
Fact: Hypnotherapists are not psychics or palm readers with “special powers”. Hypnotherapy is based on many years of clinical research by famous psychologists such as Dr. Sigmund Freud, Dr. Carl Jung and more recently, by Dr. Milton Erickson and Dr. John Kappas.

Myth #4- I cannot be hypnotized.

Fact: Every person naturally enters a state of hypnosis at least twice everyday, just before falling asleep and upon awaking every morning, before getting out of bed. Most people easily enter “Environmental Hypnosis” as they miss their freeway exit, while at the movies, watching TV, or while reading a good book.

Myth #5- I won’t be in control of my body.
Fact: Hypnosis is very safe and is in fact, a state of hyper awareness. Anytime there is an emergency, a person would naturally be able to come out of the hypnotic state by just opening their eyes, and stretching or speaking. Hypnosis is s state of deep relaxation and you will always be aware of what’s going on at all times.

Myth #6 I will feel stuck in Hypnosis.
Fact: You will never feel stuck in hypnosis. You might feel like you've slept for 8 hours. You will feel calm and relaxed. Some people report a heightened sense of awareness, concentration and focus, and can even hear more acutely during a session.

Myth #7 Self-Hypnosis is safer, better, or more effective than going to a trained professional.
Fact: 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 problems in the long run. Hypnotherapy directly accesses the subconscious mind.

Myth #8 Hypnosis is a great tool to get someone to “confess”.
Fact: Hypnotherapy sessions are confidential and kept private. It is not an alternative to lie detector tests to “to tell the truth” or to confess.

Myth #9- 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 “Hypno-Miracle”. Every individual makes progress at his or her own pace.

Myth #10 Hypnotherapy doesn't really work….does it?

Fact: Hypnotherapy helps you make changes in your life, positive changes. It’s used for Self-Improvement and Behavior Modifications such as Smoking Cessation and Weight Loss, Stress Reduction, Motivation, Sports Enhancement and much more.

So what is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a deep state of calmness and relaxation. The body is very comfortable and the mind is more alert than in your normal state of awareness. Many people still relate the word hypnosis with an image of being unconscious and out-of-control. Nothing could be further from the truth. You can hear and respond to everything during the therapeutic process and are an active participant in the therapy. An individual cannot and will not ever be compelled to do or say anything under hypnosis that is in conflict with their personal, ethical standards or desires.

Hypnotherapy is completely confidential with adherence to the Ethical Guidelines of the American Counseling Association regarding conduct of counseling therapists. My private practice is restricted to vocational and/or ad vocational self-improvement. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

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