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Misconceptions of Hypnosis

Hypnosis is benevolent, although clouded by mistaken beliefs

Hypnosis is sleep:

Most people find it surprising that they are able to talk, hear, and think while in hypnosis.  During sleep the conscious mind is completely absent, but in hypnosis the conscious mind is present.


You are under the control of the hypnotist:

In the state of hypnosis, a person cannot be made to do something that goes against their core beliefs or morals.  Someone cannot be hypnotized against their will.  They are always in control of their mind and aware of what is happening.  The approach of the hypnotist is to act as a guide, rather than an authority figure.


 A Person’s ability to be hypnotized is related to having a weak will:


A person’s ability to enter hypnosis has nothing to do with intelligence, and more to do with agility of mind.  People that easily enter hypnosis tend to be bright, intelligent, imaginative people who can become deeply involved or committed to a specific, beneficial goal.


Hypnosis has to be done to you, not to yourself:


Self-hypnosis is a skill that can be taught and learned in a very short period of time.  It is a very effective tool to help someone feel better and can be used for countless goals.


A person can become “trapped” in hypnosis & can’t come out when they want:


A person can leave the state of hypnosis whenever they choose. 


A person must be “gullible”,  “hypnotizable”, or “suggestible” for hypnosis to work:


The majority of people can benefit from hypnosis.  The ability to enter hypnosis is not related to being “gullible” or anything to do with willpower.  Being hypnotizable or choosing to be responsive to suggestions simply means that person has the ability to use hypnosis effectively and accept ideas that are beneficial for them.


During hypnosis people are unconscious:


A hypnotized person is not asleep or unconscious.  Although they may feel very relaxed, they are still active participants in the session.

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