Hypnosis Misconceptions

Lies They Tell About Hypnosis

Some people mistakenly think that hypnosis is not safe. That is false. Hypnosis is a normal state of consciousness. Unfortunately, few people make good use of it on their own. You go in and out of hypnotic states several times each day. Some common places you experience natural hypnosis are while riding in or driving an automobile, while watching TV or a movie, and while daydreaming.

Some people mistakenly think that a hypnotist can control them. That is false. The client is always in control and always decides whether to cooperate with suggestions.

Some people mistakenly think that they might reveal some deep, dark secret while in hypnosis. That is false. You are more alert in hypnosis, so if you would not tell the hypnotist something now, you certainly would not when in hypnosis. You would just say, “That is none of your business.” Yes, you can talk and communicate while in hypnosis. You can even laugh if something strikes you as funny.

Some people mistakenly think that they might not “wake up.” That is false. Hypnosis is not sleep, so there is nothing to “wake up” from. You are four- or five-times more aware than in your normal state of mind. If need be, you would immediately remove the relaxation from your body and return to normal awareness.

Some people mistakenly think that they cannot be hypnotized. That is false. Everyone capable of understanding is capable of being hypnotized. However, hypnosis is a 100% cooperative effort, so you can always choose not to go into hypnosis. It is always your choice to go into hypnosis. It is always your choice to go deeper into hypnosis. It is always your choice to stay in hypnosis. It is always your choice to follow the suggestions you hear while in hypnosis.

Some people mistakenly think that they lose consciousness when hypnotized. That is false. Consciousness is heightened during hypnosis. You will be even more aware of what is going on. Your hearing will improve while in hypnosis. Your thinking will be clearer. Your body may appear to be asleep, but your mind will be much more alert than normal. Imagination, concentration and memory all dramatically improve while in hypnosis.

Some people mistakenly think that a hypnotist can make them do bad things that they would not normally do. That is false. Any suggestion that violates any strongly held feeling, moral, ethic or religious belief will be automatically rejected by both your conscious mind and your unconscious mind.

Where do such silly ideas come from? I don’t know for sure, but I think a lot of it comes from Hollywood script writers who just make stuff up to jazz up their stories. And some of it may come from misunderstanding what is happening during a stage show.

I do know this:

  • Hypnosis is safe

  • Hypnosis is fun

  • Hypnosis will change your life