Debunking seven common myths about hypnosis

Hypnosis is really just self-imposed deep meditation, with the hypnotist acting as your guide.

Hypnosis is really just self-imposed deep meditation, with the hypnotist acting as your guide.

by Gary Rinebarger — 

Myth 1 — A hypnotist has magical powers. A hypnotist is an ordinary person with no power over anyone. Hypnosis is really just self-imposed deep meditation, with the hypnotist acting as your guide.

Myth 2 — A hypnotized person can be made to do things against their will. No one in a hypnotic state can be made to do anything they would not freely do if not under hypnosis. The Hollywood zombie is pure, dramatic, mythical garbage that has no basis in fact.

Myth 3 — Only weak-minded people can be hypnotized. The contrary is true. The more intelligent a person is, the easier it is for him to be hypnotized. Nearly everyone who wants to be hypnotized can be hypnotized.

Myth 4 — A person can get stuck in hypnosis. Even if the hypnotist were to leave the room after putting you under deep hypnosis and never return, your own mind would pull you safely out of the hypnotic state. Hypnosis is very natural and safe.

Myth 5 — Deep hypnosis is necessary for good results. Any level of hypnosis, from light to very deep, can bring good results if you are 100 percent serious about the changes you wish to make.

Myth 6 — When hypnotized, you are in a trance and have no control. In hypnosis, you are always awake and aware of the experience. You have merely focused your attention to the place the hypnotist and your desire have directed. Most importantly, you are always in control.

 Myth 7 — Hypnosis can cure anything or solve any personal problem. Hypnosis is a very powerful, natural, safe tool that can help improve your life and general well-being, but it is not a cure-all.

 

Gary Rinebarger is a practicing hypnotherapist with the 3D Hypnosis Center. 480-593-8443.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 24, Number 4, August/September 2005.

 

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