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Dispelling Hypnotherapy Myths

While Hollywood and Stage Hypnotists have understandably had the most effect on the public’s view of the craft, one of the unfortunate side effects has been a skewed perception of the practice as a whole. The holistic side of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy — which is where it will always have its roots — has come to be largely misunderstood. Here are some of the most ubiquitous myths still cropping up in the zeitgeist today.

"I won't be in control."

 

Simply untrue. The NGH literature itself states: "Most authorities agree that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis." In other words, the ability to be hypnotized is a subjective experience that the hypnotist merely facilitates and guides. If something doesn't feel right you will simply not comply (or you'd do whatever you'd do in the waking state.) Even if this wasn't the case, Hypnotherapists are bound by a strict code of ethics that require stringent adherence at all times.

"I won't remember what happened."

 

Reaching amnesic levels in Hypnotherapy is a rare and specialized treatment, performed with a client who has experienced the trance state many times, and clearly knows this will be taking place. I do not currently practice these techniques; you remain fully aware (in actuality, more aware) the entire time, with the ability to end the session any time you choose.

"It's all made up."

 

Maybe it is! But if it works, does it really matter? Hypnotism has long been controversial due to its mercurial nature--but this is also part of its ongoing fascination. As the latter continues to grow, along with the science regarding it, I believe this myth will fade completely. If you'd like to crush that doubt immediately, however, simply read about its applications as an analgesic in dentistry and surgery.

"Hypnotism is Witchcraft."

 

Marshall McLuhan once stated: "Mysticism is just tomorrow's science dreamed today." Hypnosis, one of the most ancient medicines, is a science. The unfortunate but persistent association with the occult neglects its use as a viable, pro-health option, while at the same time leaving us willingly -- albeit unknowingly -- swimming in it daily. The incredible reality is that 'hypnosis' is almost a type of de-hypnosis from so many of the limiting 'drivers' we erroneously allowed to be installed in our minds.

"I won't be in control."

 

Simply untrue. The NGH literature itself states: "Most authorities agree that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis." In other words, the ability to be hypnotized is a subjective experience that the hypnotist merely facilitates and guides. If something doesn't feel right you will simply not comply (or you'd do whatever you'd do in the waking state.) Even if this wasn't the case, Hypnotherapists are bound by a strict code of ethics that requires stringent adherence at all times.

"I won't remember what happened."

 

Reaching amnesic levels in Hypnotherapy is a rare and specialized treatment, performed with a client who has experienced the trance state many times, and clearly knows this will be taking place. I do not currently practice these techniques; you remain fully aware (in actuality, more aware) the entire time, with the ability to end the session any time you choose.

"Hypnosis is Witchcraft."

 

Marshall McLuhan once stated: "Mysticism is just tomorrow's science dreamed today." Hypnosis, one of the most ancient medicines, is a science. The unfortunate but persistent association with the occult neglects its use as a viable, pro-health option, while at the same time leaving us willingly -- albeit unknowingly -- swimming in it daily. The incredible reality is that 'hypnosis' is almost a type of de-hypnosis from so many of the limiting 'drivers' we erroneously allowed to be installed in our minds.

"It's all made up."

 

Maybe it is! But if it works, does it really matter? Hypnotism has long been controversial due to its mercurial nature--but this is also part of its ongoing fascination. As the latter continues to grow, along with the science regarding it, I believe this myth will fade completely. If you'd like to crush that doubt immediately, however, simply read about its applications as an analgesic in dentistry and surgery.