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Myth 1 - Loss of consciousness
The subject is alert and aware of everything that’s happening at all times and hears everything the hypnotist says.
Myth 2 - Surrender of Will or Loss of control
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The subject is always in control. The hypnotist
guides the hypnotic state. The subject has the complete control of everything
that he/she may want to reveal about himself/herself.
Myth 3 - Weak mindedness
The more intelligent an individual is, the easier to hypnotize.
You must be of average intelligence to be hypnotized. You must have the ability to imagine and concentrate. The very fact that a client is looking for another tool to help themselves with an issue and is willing to do the work they have to do suggests a strong mind.
Myth 4 - Revelation of secrets
The individual will not spontaneously begin talking or reveal secrets they will not tell in the waking state.
Myths 5 - Hypnotized individuals do odd and crazy things
Hypnosis has many benefits-self improvement, stress reduction, weight loss, pain management, overcoming fears and phobias, etc.
Stage hypnosis exists for the entertainment of the audience. It has given a very wrong impression of clinical hypnosis or hypnosis in the therapeutic setting. Hypnotherapy exists for the realization of the client’s goals, to release limiting or negative habits, fear and physical discomfort.
Myth 6 - Fear of being “stuck”
The subject is always in control. The subject is capable of terminating a hypnotic state any time he/she wants to. What keeps a person in hypnosis is the hypnotist’s constant dialog.
Myth 7 - Someone can be hypnotized against their will
The subject can not be hypnotized against their will. It is a condition of rapport, trust and respect between the subject and the hypnotist. A
person will not succumb to any suggestion contrary to their goals and wishes made by the hypnotist because they remain in total control.
Myth 8 - Hypnosis can be addictive
The subject can resist hypnosis at any time. This technique is not habit-forming. It is highly successful and can be deeply relaxing which encourages people to do self hypnosis. It is just another tool of self help to use if and when you choose.
Myth 9 - Repeated Induction Weakens the Mind
Repetitive inductions strengthen your resolve to achieve your goals, release your fears and/or discomforts.
Myth 10 - Criminal or Anti-Social Acts
A hypnotized person maintains their usual moral values and doesn’t do anything she or he would not do when they are not hypnotized.