Myth #1 - "I will loose or won't be in control during hypnosis.."
As the French pharmacist and psychotherapist, Emile Coue, also
known as the "Prophet of Auto-Suggestion" stated in the early
twentieth century, all hypnosis is "self-hypnosis". The hypnotist
has no special power or "magic" over anyone and can not make one
do anything they don't want to do. In order to be hypnotized, you
have to want to be. Nothing is done against anyone's will. One is
always in control. It's much like daydreaming. One is always aware
of what's going on, and if one is feeling uncomfortable, the process
can be stopped at any time. The hypnotist is merely a guide in
helping one to facilitate one's own self-hypnosis process. With
guidance, one could learn how to facilitate hypnosis (or
self-hypnosis) on their own; perhaps just before falling asleep or
just upon awaking. These two times of the day are very conducive
Myth #2 - "You have a weak mind if you can be hypnotized."
People are often in a state of "trance" or hypnosis, as it is often
likened to being in a state of deep relaxation or meditation. Most of
us experience being in the "Zone" while driving, watching TV, just
prior to falling off to sleep or just upon awaking, while having our
morning coffee, performing boring and/or repetitive acts, etc.
While in this heightened or "Alpha" brainwave state, the
unconscious mind is more receptive to suggestion, and thus to
change. Reaching an "Alpha" state has nothing to do with having a
"weak mind". In contrast, in order for one to be able to enter
hypnosis, all one really needs to have is an "open mind" and a
desire to change their current limiting conditions; their thoughts,
actions, and habits. The more intelligent the person, the easier it is
to hypnotize them.
Myth #3 - "I won't remember anything during hypnosis."
As one is in control during hypnosis, one is always aware of the full
process if they choose to be. As one's mind is alert and body
relaxed, one can remember anything that was said, as if recalling
what was said during any conversation. It is not uncommon for a
person undergoing hypnosis to daydream (see myth #1 above) or
"zone out" at times, which is often a result of the deep state of
relaxation. However, it is always one's choice as to how much
attention one wishes to focus on the actual hypnosis process.
Myth #4 - "A deep trance state is required during hypnosis to
On the contrary, for most behavioral changes (such as smoking
cessation, weight loss, nail biting, fear and phobias, etc.) only a
light level of trance is required. In the past, before the advent of
medications as analgesics, dentists would use hypnosis to achieve
the same effect. This is the deepest level of trance state referred to
as "somnambulistic" state of trance. (The state is not used for most
hypnosis uses.) Today, doctors want to save time numbing an area
and prefer the fast action of medications over hypnosis. However,
hypnosis can achieve the same result and is just as effective with
the none of the side effects as with medication.
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