DISPELLING THE TOP TEN MYTHS ABOUT HYPNOSIS _________________________________
MYTH #1. The Hypnotist will be able to control my mind.
FACT: No one can control your mind, unless you let them. Your Hypnotist will give you suggestions that you want to be given, based on the Pre-Hypnotic Interview. At no point during your session will you lose control of your mind.
MYTH #2. I will be made to perform embarrassing acts, such as bark like a dog.
FACT: This assumption is based on Stage Hypnotism and Hollywood fiction. The truth is, these people volunteer to act on stage, and they allow themselves to participate in silly suggestions. Office work is a serious process of self-improvement, not entertainment.
MYTH #3. Hypnosis comes from "Black Magic" or is "Supernatural".
FACT: Hypnosis is a natural state that has been studied scientifically and is not much more than a form of deep relaxation. Hypnotists are not Psychics or Palm Readers with "special powers".
MYTH #4. If I become Hypnotized, I may not be able to snap out of it.
FACT: Hypnosis is very safe, and is in fact, a state of hyper-awareness. Any time there is an emergency, a person would naturally be able to come out of the hypnotic state.
MYTH #5. I have never been in Hypnosis before.
FACT: Every person naturally enters a state of hypnosis at least twice everyday: Just before falling asleep at night, and upon awaking every morning. Most people easily enter 'Environmental Hypnosis' while at the movies, watching TV, or driving on the highway.
MYTH #6. Hypnosis is a "Miracle Cure".
FACT: While Hypnosis is a relatively quick method of making permanent improvements, there is no such thing as a one-time "Hypno-Miracle"! Every individual makes progress at his or her own rate.
MYTH #7. Hypnosis is a great tool to get someone to "confess".
FACT: Hypnotherapy sessions are kept private and cannot be used for court testimony. Hypnosis cannot force anyone to "tell the truth" or to confess any secrets.
MYTH #8. I will lose all sense of my surroundings and memory of the session.
FACT: Hypnosis is not an unconscious state of sleep. In fact, most people report having a heightened sense of awareness, concentration and focus, and can even hear more acutely during a session.
MYTH #9. Self-Hypnosis is safer, better, or more effective than going to a trained professional.
FACT: Self-Hypnosis can be detrimental when not taught by a trained professional and may cause more stress and problems in the long run. Hypnotists directly accesses the subconscious mind, while Self-Hypnosis cannot.
MYTH#10. I can't be hypnotized because my mind is too strong or disciplined.
FACT: This is an archaic belief that has been proven untrue. Nearly 100% of the population can be hypnotized. Actually, the more intelligent and creative you are, the easier it is for you to be hypnotized. Aspects that limit hypnotic induction are low intelligence, drug use, and mental problems.
THE FOLLOWING IS A MODEST LIST OF ISSUES THAT CAN BE IMPROVED THROUGH HYPNOSIS
ACADEMIC Studying, Test Taking, Memory BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION Smoking, Weight, Nail Biting FEARS, PHOBIAS Heights, Crowds, Flying, Failure HEALTH/MEDICAL Painless Childbirth, Dental, Pain MEMORY Names and Faces, Focus MOTIVATION Job Performance, Fitness PERFORMANCE Music, Sports, Business PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS Self Confidence, Goals, Career