8 Popular Myths About Hypnosis and the Real Truth

8 Popular Myths About Hypnosis and the Real Truth

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By Colin Christopher

Perhaps you’ve seen a hypnosis show and always wondered how it works.  Or maybe you were referred to a hypnotherapist for help with quitting smoking, overcoming a phobia or gaining self-confidence.  Whatever the case, most of the information out there about hypnosis is wrong.

Here are the eight most popular myths about hypnosis and the real truth:

  1. I won’t know what’s happening and I won’t remember anything.

This is extremely rare and in therapy sessions, the depth of hypnotic trance facilitates awareness and vivid memory so that the client knows what’s happening and remembers everything. 

  1. Don’t look into my eyes.

Although looking into a hypnotist’s eyes can be hypnotic, hypnotists usually have their hypnotic subjects close their eyes because this helps them relax more effectively.

  1. I can’t be hypnotized, I’m too strong minded.

The ability to be hypnotized has nothing to do with the perceived strength of your mind. It has everything to do with how well you are able to understand the hypnotist, follow instructions and relax. There are 3 hypnotizability levels, high (15% of population), mid (70% of population) and low (15% of population).

  1. I went to a doctor of hypnosis for help.

There is no legitimate educational facility on the planet that awards doctorates of hypnosis. “Doctors of hypnosis” are fake titles awarded by fake schools that print fake diplomas on the internet. The American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (http://hypnotistexaminers.org/) is one organization offering an examination/certification program that is very reputable.

  1. People under hypnosis always tell the truth.

This is false. It is very easy for someone to tell lies under hypnosis.

  1. I will remember where I hid my…

Although hypnosis can be very effective at helping people remember where they put things, it is not a memory panacea that will help you find those lost keys or that wad of cash you stashed 10 years ago.

  1. I will have no control over my body and I will do crazy things.

Believe it or not, people in stage hypnosis shows have the choice to follow or reject a suggestion given by the hypnotist. Excellent stage hypnotists do their best to make it seem like volunteers don’t have a choice, but they always do.

  1. Hypnosis is the “Miracle Cure.”

Hypnosis is very effective at helping people make mental, emotional and physical breakthroughs. While it can seem like it works miracles, the effectiveness of hypnosis is always dependent on a combination of a person’s hypnotizability level, the skill of the hypnotist and the problem being worked on. It’s not a panacea, but it’s an excellent modality for discovering and harnessing the power of your own mind.

Colin Christopher is a clinical hypnotherapist certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, and author of the book Success Through Manipulation: Subconscious Reactions That Will Make or Break You.To learn more about Colin go to www.colinchristopher.com or www.stmbook.com.

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To look at the July 2014 issue version of this article click on the title 8 Popular Myth About Hypnosis and the Real Truth.

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