Myths about hypnosis debunked

Hypnosis is very common these days, yet there are many myths about hypnosis that people still believe in. According to the dictionary, hypnosis is the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action. And this person is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Its use in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behavior, has been revived but is still controversial.

Practicing hypnosis is supposing that presences of complex abilities to use verbal and non-verbal language in order to reach a series of therapeutic objectives. Personal, interpersonal and contextual factors are also triggered. Their mission is to facilitate the suggestion and auto-suggestion.

Hypnosis is a modified state of mind that allows the suggestibility of the patient. In this way, the therapist can induce better mental patterns in the mindset. The benefits of hypnosis are successfully seen in treating anxiety, addictions, improving performances and even reduce pain.

This state of trance, hypnosis, can be induced by a therapist or can be self-induced. Close relatives of this type of state of modified conscience are also relaxation, meditation and mindfulness meditation. In these mind states, the right part of the brain is powerfully active. So this allows the suggestibility of the mind.

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Myths about hypnosis

  • Hypnosis is not a dangerous practice that can affect the mind in crazy ways. When practiced by certified people, hypnosis brings a lot of benefits.
  • Also, it exists this false idea that a mind is weak if it can be easily hypnotized. In a scientific study by Barber, 1969 apud Lynn and Kirsch debunked this myth.
  • Hypnosis is not the same thing with sleep. The patient is awake and conscientious of their surroundings.
  • Most of the people who experienced a hypnosis session don’t describe it as a trance state. They say they felt that their minds where more focused on the suggestions.
  • The level of hypnosis is different from one patient to another. And this aspect is not depending on the therapist but on the hypnotized person.
  • Techniques of traditional hypnosis are as good as the permissive techniques. The difference between these techniques is the tone of the verbal suggestions.
  • All the modifications that you experience during hypnosis easily exist outside this mental state. You can make changes in the psycho-motor and senzorial domain while experiencing relaxation, meditation or while being awake.
  • During hypnosis, the patients don’t lose their ability of self-control. They can even refuse some suggestions if they want to.
  • The spontaneous amnesia during hypnosis is very rare and doesn’t happen every time someone is hypnotized.

Hopefully, you will see hypnosis with a better perspective. There are amazing benefits you can get from hypnosis and self-hypnosis. Don’t hesitate to use the advantages of these techniques to get create a better life.


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