Myths Surrounding Hypnosis

Hypnosis is NOT a paranormal, supernatural phenomenon

Hypnosis is a natural phenomenon.  A person will drift in and out of hypnosis several times during the day.  Hypnosis is not a force from an outside world.  You have experienced some form of hypnosis.  For example: You are watching something intently and you don’t hear something being said to you.  You are so concentrated and focused on whatever you are watching that you are hypnotized (mesmerized) by it.

Hypnosis is NOT sleep

Hypno is the Greek word for sleep and Dr. James Braid, a Scot named this state hypnosis in the 19th century but hypnosis is NOT sleep. The fact is that hypnotized people can be fully aware and responsive and usually are.  They hear and they can talk and move.  Hypnosis is a very deep form of relaxation and concentration.

A hypnotized person does NOT have a weak willpower and does NOT surrender to the strong will of the hypnotist

Hypnotized people do not surrender their willpower to the hypnotist. No one under hypnosis can be made to do or say anything that is contrary to their ethical standards.  They can come out of hypnosis at their will.  People go to a hypnotherapist to help them deal with their challenges, so they are willing to be hypnotized and they must deeply desire the change for the hypnosis to be effective.

You will tell NOT the hypnotist your secrets

The same as above.  You will not divulge anything under hypnosis that you do not want to. 

People CANNOT get stuck in hypnosis, and never wake up

You cannot get stuck in hypnosis.  If a person goes into a very deep state of hypnosis, left alone they will naturally drift off into sleep or awaken from it themselves.

Hypnosis is NOT dangerous

Hypnosis is no more dangerous intrinsically than listening to a lecture.  You hear things that you may or may not agree with.  You choose what you accept.

Only a small percentage of people CANNOT be hypnotized

Very young children, up to the age of about 6 or people who have a very low IQ, usually under 70.  It requires understanding and concentration and these people usually cannot follow instruction.

You do NOT need to reach the deepest level of hypnosis to make changes.

Most people remember something of the suggestions made to them.  Some remember everything and some experience spontaneous amnesia.  Even when one is in a somnambulistic state, which is the deepest level, the conscious mind does not hear, but the subconscious mind is hearing and processing.  One only needs a light state of hypnosis for the suggestions to take effect.