Hypnotherapy: Myths and Misconceptions

You use hypnosis not as a cure but as a means of establishing a favourable climate in which to learn

Hypnosis is a temporary altered state of awareness or consciousness, in the individual induced by a trained professional in which a variety of phenomena may appear spontaneously or in response to other stimuli. (BMA, 1955).

Hypnotherapy is used for various emotional and psychological concerns like disturbed sleep, pain management, anxiety, trauma & abandonment, stress, marital issues, self-mastery, increasing productivity, weight management, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine etc. Hypnosis is a real phenomenon but there are many myths and misunderstandings about it. Some of them are mentioned below:

Fact: You are not asleep or unconscious, you are in a relaxed yet awake state of mind.

Fact: No, hypnotherapist don’t have magical powers. They facilitate a process of change with the help of a technique.

Fact: You can not be made to do or say anything against your wish. Infact, you are awake and aware enough to say no to anything.

Fact: You can not get stuck in hypnosis. We experience this state of mind regularly – it may feel like reading your favourite book.

Fact: People who get hypnotized are actually stronger and not weak minded.

Fact: No, It is not a condition. Most clients who visit us are actually very distressed.

Fact: Hypnotherapy can help you access your subconscious mind but you will always be in
control as to what you want to share with your therapist.

Fact: It is not the same. Stage hypnosis is for entertainment purposes whereas
hypnotherapy is to resolve a client specific area of concern.

Fact: It is not only useful to help clients suffering from anxiety, pain management, dissociation, disturbed sleep, IBS, OCD but also helpful for improving performance, increase and achieve personal goals.

Fact: It is not a brain washing process but a collaborative effort of therapist and client to resolve the concerns. Client remains in complete control.

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