There are a lot of hypnosis myths have been created due to all sorts of weird associations from stage hypnotists, the media and superstition. This can be bad because some of the myths put some people off using hypnosis to help make positive changes in their lives. Below are the most common myths of hypnosis.
Myth 1: Hypnosis make me helpless
During the trance you are not immobilized or paralyzed. You know exactly where you are at all times. You can change your sitting position, scratch yourself, sneeze or cough. You can also hear sounds around you, for example the phone ringing. You can open your eyes and leave the trance at any moment.
Myth 2: I can become stuck in a hypnotic trance and never come out
No one ever gets stuck in hypnosis. Since you are the one who is in control, you can choose to leave hypnosis at any time. If your hypnotherapist were to leave the room and fail to return, you might eventually fall asleep for a brief nap and after 5 or 10 minutes, you will wake up naturally. If an emergency were to occur (such as a fire in the building), you would recognize the urgency of the situation and return to full alertness.
Myth 3: Hypnosis can be bad for my health
It is quite the opposite. Hypnosis is a safe and natural process. One fact that most people are unaware of is that we undergo hypnosis several times in our daily lives. For example, while driving along a highway, very often, people suddenly discover that they have lost consciousness for several minutes. This is actually an example of momentary hypnotism. It is out of the question for anybody to in any way be hurt by hypnosis.
Myth 4: Hypnosis is part of the occult
Much of what people believe about hypnosis comes from what they've seen in movies or read in fiction which are seldom based upon fact. Hypnosis is actually a perfectly natural state of mind which most people pass in and out of several times daily such as daydreaming. Hypnosis has nothing to do with magic wands and occult abilities, even if some people consider it pure magic how their symptoms simply vanished, and insights increased.
Myth 5: Hypnotist have special power
Hypnotists have no special or supernatural powers. The competent hypnotherapist has been educated in the nature, history and practical uses for hypnosis. He/she has been thoroughly trained in safe and effective techniques to guide a person into hypnosis and using methods to affect positive change in that person's life.
Myth 6: The hypnotist has complete control of my actions
Hypnosis requires voluntary participation on the part of the patient. You can never be persuade against your own will. Usually, a person in the hypnotic state already determines his/her own level of participation in the process. Therefore, if a suggestion given is unacceptable you, it will simply be rejected and will usually startle you instantly out of hypnosis.
Myth 7: People who get hypnotized are weak minded
The opposite is actually true. Hypnosis requires intelligence and the capability to concentrate. Motivation and cooperation are also necessary for success, none of which are easily achieved by the weak-willed or weak-minded. The fact is scientific research has proven that those of above average intelligence and creativity are actually the best candidates for hypnosis.
Myth 8: I won’t remember anything that happened when I were hypnotized
While amnesia may occur in very rare cases, people generally remember everything that occurred while they were hypnotized. However, hypnosis can have a significant effect on memory. Posthypnotic amnesia can lead an individual to forget certain things that occurred before or during hypnosis. However, this effect is generally limited and temporary.
Myth 9: Hypnosis can help me remember the exact details of my past
While hypnosis can be used to enhance memory, the effects have been dramatically exaggerated in popular media. Research has found that hypnosis does not lead to significant memory enhancement or accuracy, and hypnosis can actually lead to false or distorted memories.