Most people are familiar with stage hypnotists who entrance people and make them do amusing things for entertainment. However, this type of hypnotism has created a lot of misconceptions surrounding hypnotherapy. True hypnotherapy is for healing rather than entertainment, and it can create meaningful change in people’s lives. Breaking down some hypnotherapy myths will help you to see all of the benefits this form of treatment provides.
Hypnosis Vs. Sleeping
Many people believe that when someone is hypnotized, it is the same as being asleep. The truth is that if you are hypnotized, you remain fully aware of your surroundings. You have to, in order to hear the words the hypnotherapist is saying. Hypnotherapy allows you to have a conscious awareness and an internally focused awareness at the same time. This can help to reduce stress and anxiety as well as provide a number of other benefits.
Most people don’t like the feeling of being helpless or under someone else’s control, so it makes sense that this is something people worry about when it comes to hypnotherapy. Stage shows contribute to the misconception that someone who is hypnotized is helpless because stage hypnotists like to demonstrate their control over the person they’ve hypnotized, making it seem as though they have no control over their actions. The truth is that because the person who is hypnotized is aware of their surroundings, they can still make rational decisions.
One thing that most people don’t realize about stage hypnotists is that they carefully select audience participants based on their personality. The hypnotist is sure to choose someone who will enjoy the experience of being hypnotized —typically someone who seems outgoing or uninhibited. This type of person is usually willing to go along with the hypnotist’s instructions because they don’t mind being the center of attention. So the people that you see being hypnotized on stage aren’t helpless at all — they are actively choosing to be a part of the process.
Hypnotism Is Magical
Most people believe that they have never been hypnotized before because they have never visited a hypnotherapist. This comes from the perception of hypnotism as something extraordinary or magical. However, hypnotism is really just an extension of the mind’s awareness. In fact, you have probably been in a hypnotized state before without realizing that’s what it was. Anytime you are doing an activity without being fully aware of what you’re doing — for example, if you drive somewhere and arrive at your destination with no memory of the journey — you are, essentially, hypnotized. This is because your awareness is split between conscious awareness and an internally focused one.
Only Select People Can Be Hypnotized
Many people think that being hypnotized is something that only people with certain personalities can achieve. Some even believe that people who can be hypnotized are mentally weaker than those who can’t. The truth is that almost anyone can practice hypnotherapy and benefit from it. While there are a few people who don’t respond to hypnotism, this has nothing to do with mental strength. Rather, it is usually because they can’t understand implication and context, as hypnosis is just an extension of the brain’s natural awareness, focus, and ability to imagine.
Being able to achieve a hypnotized state is certainly not a statement of relative mental strength or weakness. Athletes and other professionals often use hypnotherapy to help improve their ability to focus, so you could argue that hypnosis can actually improve your mental strength. More importantly, hypnotherapy can benefit people from all walks of life with many different problems, including weight loss, relationship problems, and sexual dysfunction. Enroll in the College of Professional Hypnotherapy today to begin your hypnosis journey.