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Misconceptions about Hypnotherapy

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Overview

 

Hypnotherapy is an extremely underused and underestimated form of treatment, mostly because it isn’t widely recognized in the medical field. There is also a lot of misunderstanding surrounding hypnotherapy and how it works. Many people falsely associate it with hypnosis, which is more used as a form of entertainment and amusement rather than a form of treatment. This is unfortunate, as hypnotherapy could really help a lot of people if there were just more widespread information and education. With that being said, the following are all misconceptions that the public has about hypnotherapy, as well as accurate information that debunks these false narratives.

Misconception #1: Hypnosis causes unconsciousness or deep sleep

 

Hypnotherapy doesn’t cause a patient to become unconscious, and although it may mimic commonalities associated with sleep, a person under hypnosis is completely aware of their surroundings. Rather than going into a deep sleep, an individual who is hypnotized is immensely relaxed and can, therefore, allow the hypnotherapist to have access to their subconscious. Most people who have been hypnotized feel that their body feels like it is in a state of sleep while their mind is awake, alert, and aware of where they are and what they are doing.

 

Misconception #2: Hypnosis can make you do or reveal things against your will

 

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Even while under hypnosis, an individual is still aware of their surroundings and is still ‘themselves.’ Hypnotherapy is just like regular therapy where it is used to work through and overcome obstacles and problems. Just like other kinds of therapy, a patient won’t reveal personal or private information that they wouldn’t talk about normally. Hypnotherapy simply makes it easier for therapists to understand problems in the patient’s life and how to fix them.

Of course, this is where alteration comes in. The entire purpose of hypnosis is to have a patient do things that they normally wouldn’t do for the sake of overcoming things. However, the patient is always in control. Hypnotherapy is by no means malicious or controlling, but individuals will find positive changes and improvements occurring in their life because that is what hypnotherapy is used for.

 

Misconception #3: Hypnosis only works on weak, gullible people

 

Studies have shown that hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be used on anyone, not just weak minded individuals. This is because hypnosis is completely natural. However, some people are able to reach a state of hypnosis more easily. This could be caused by many different factors, the most common being that the individual is open-minded or creative. Just like many different things, those who are open minded and are willing to try new things find more success when being hypnotized.

 

Misconception #4: Those who are hypnotized don’t remember it

 

Being able to recall what occurs during a hypnosis session is purely up to different factors regarding the person being hypnotized. Everyone responds to and experiences hypnosis differently. Some patients will concentrate really hard on everything the hypnotherapist says or suggests to them, but some individuals don’t find much importance in that and focus more on the relaxing state that they have been put into. However, it doesn’t matter whether or not an individual remembers everything that happens, as it doesn’t change the effectiveness of hypnotherapy.

 

Misconception #5: You can become caught in a hypnotic state forever

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Anyone who experiences hypnosis will always come out of it. In fact, hypnosis is very normal and occurs to everyone on a regular basis. Even if a patient is having difficulty or even refuses to snap out of a trance, they will eventually fall asleep naturally. Once they’ve fallen asleep, they will wake up alert and out of the trance.

 

Sources:

 

http://www.easywillpower.com/misconceptions-about-hypnosis/

 

http://www.selfhypnosis.com/myths-and-misconceptions/

 

https://www.hypnosisalliance.com/imdha/myths.php

 

http://www.healthcommunities.com/hypnotherapy/alternative-medicine/hypnosis-misconceptions.shtml

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