Perhaps a concerned or your doctor has suggested you try hypnosis to help you get a healthier, happier life. Don’t laugh the suggestion off. Many people have been helped through self-hypnosis or traditional hypnosis with a certified hypnotherapist.
If you think you know all you need to know about hypnosis or hypnotherapy, you might be wrong. There are a lot of hypnosis myths and legends floating around. Here’s how to know the facts about hypnosis myths.
Myth #1: I’ll Lose All Self-Control
No, you won’t. You can only be hypnotized if you want to be. And you can’t be hypnotized to do something you don’t want to. The personality is just too stubborn for that. And if you can or cannot be hypnotized doesn’t mean that you are somehow mentally or emotionally deficient. You’re just you.
Myth # 2: It’s So Unnatural
This is one of the biggest of the hypnosis myths. This is actually one of the most natural therapies that exist. Perhaps the very word “hypnosis” scares people into thinking they will fall under the spell of a Svengali. Substitute the words “autosuggestion” or “positive reinforcement” if that relaxes you. You are not taking anything new into your body, or being asked to change all of your deeply-held beliefs. You are merely suggesting helpful hints to your subconscious. So, you become your own trusted Dear Abbey.
Myth # 3: I Could Go Into A Hypnotic Trance Anytime
For many people, this is the scariest hypnosis myth. Loss of self-control is very frightening – just ask Stephen King. Some people fear that if they have been hypnotized once, they can involuntarily go into a trace – even when driving. However, this has never been documented as happening. Going into a hypnotic state is a voluntary action.
Myth # 4: I’ll Get Addicted To It
Being hypnotized puts the body into a relaxed state, which can feel very pleasurable. Often, the body puts out endorphins while in a very relaxed state. But, for the average person, the endorphin output is not enough to become addictive. Can people become addicted to hypnotism? Yes, but it is extremely rare. A person has to go into hypnotherapy with already existing personality disorders in order to become addicted to hypnotism. For that reason, people with personality disorders, or children under five, are not usually recommended for hypnotherapy.