Myth and Misconceptions
Unfortunately there are many myth and misconceptions surrounding the hypnosis which in fact has a long and recognised history as a powerful and yet gentle tool for positive change in the therapeutic setting.
The following is aiming to clarify some of these:
Will I be asleep when in hypnosis?
No. You are fully aware of your surroundings and can hear everything that the therapist says to you at all times. In fact you have to be conscious in order to follow the therapist’s instructions. You will be in a daydream-like state in which the subconscious mind becomes more open to positive and helpful suggestions.
Will I lose control?
Absolutely not. The client is at all times in total control as all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis, with the therapist only acting as a guide. The client alone is responsible for how much he responds to the therapist’s suggestions and trance will not be achieved without the clients will.
Can I be influenced to do anything against my will?
Again the answer is no. Anything suggested to you in hypnosis that is against your beliefs, morals, religion, ethics, wants or desires will simply be rejected by you. It is impossible for you to be made to do anything against your will.
Are there any dangers I should be aware of?
None whatsoever. Hypnosis is a proven therapeutic tool with no side effects.
Are there people that cannot be hypnotised?
Theoretically everyone can be hypnotised as long as they are genuinely willing and allow themselves to follow instructions. Difficulties usually result from resistance and blocks which can and need to be addressed within a session. Exceptions are people with severe mental illnesses and mental disabilities who would not be able to follow instructions. So, anyone can be hypnotised and the depth to trance achieved varies from person to person.
Can I learn to use self-hypnosis?
Yes, It is a part of Hypnotherapy to teach a client self-hypnosis, so that he can continue his improvement through positive suggestions both during sessions and even after the therapy has ended.