Here I’m going to address some of the most common myths about hypnotherapy that I come across when talking to people. If you’re thinking about hypnotherapy as a treatment option then hopefully this will help allay any fears you may have.
- You’re asleep when you’re in hypnosis..
Most people have their eyes closed during hypnosis so it is often assumed that they are asleep. In actual fact you are focused and awake during a hypnotherapy session. A good example of this is when you’re watching a film you are totally engrossed in, you may be unaware of what’s going on around you. However if there were a loud noise you would be aware of it, just like being in hypnosis, you are awake but focused.
- They may make me do something I don’t want to..
This is quite a common worry about being put into hypnosis. The truth is that you are in control throughout your time in hypnosis. Your hypnotherapist will give you suggestions, help you with your issue, but would never make you do anything against your will. The session is planned out in advance with you in the initial assessment before your hypnotherapist starts work so you know exactly what to expect.
- What if I get stuck in hypnosis..
It’s not possible to get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis, it is a state of focused attention and deep relaxation. Your hypnotherapist will always guide you out of hypnosis at the end of a session, even if they didn’t you wouldn’t stay hypnotised, you would gradually come out of it yourself.
- there is something magical about hypnotherapy..
sorry, but no, there is nothing magical about hypnosis. Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation, which makes you more susceptible to suggestions allowing your hypnotherapist to help bring about positive changes. Hypnosis is a psychological process, there’s really nothing magical about it.
- I can’t be hypnotised..
Its true that you cannot be hypnotised against your will, so if you don’t want to be hypnotised you cant be. Some people are more ‘hypnotisable’ than others, but it still stands that almost anybody can be hypnotised. Hypnosis is a skill that can be learnt and improved on, so even someone who finds it difficult at first can become very hypnotisable after a while.