8 Misconceptions and Questions About Hypnosis

There are many misconceptions regarding hypnosis, cultivated mostly by people who themselves have never experienced this state of mind, or their experiences hardly scratched the surface of the possibilities of the hypnotic state.
I have collected some questions and misunderstandings about the topic, the most common ones I usually encounter, when talking with people. Let’s see what I mean!

1. What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is an extremely effective way to use the greater potential of the human consciousness for changing deeply rooted habits and behaviour patterns and enhancing spiritual development.

‘It has been described as the most effective method known to mankind to uncover and use the deep potential of the mind for therapeutic change and for personal development. There is an abundance of clinical and experimental results that attests to the efficacy of hypnotic procedures for many applications. The effectiveness of this ancient art is amply supported by many kinds of evidence over a long period of time including documented Western medical and psychological case studies. Hypnotherapy is increasingly being seen by the general public and professionals alike as an effective therapy for a wide variety of psychological and behavioral problems and to assist various psychosomatic health problems. It is in high demand in such areas as stress management, personal development and performance enhancement in a wide variety of fields, including sports, education and business. Many great achievers in human history have attributed their successes to their ability to tap into their subconscious resources by hypnosis and hypnotic-like procedures.’

(Quote: Hypnotherapy Training Institute)

2. I’m going to remember what happens?

Yes.

Hypnosis is not a state of unconsciousness, on the contrary, it is a much higher level of awareness, in which the brain learns and processes information much faster than usual.

What does this ‘much faster’ mean?

Well, neurological researches have shown that in its normal waking state the brain processes data with the speed of 40 bit/sec.

Meanwhile, our senses transmit 11 million bits of information to the brain each second.

It is quite easy to see that only a tiny fraction of data is registered by the conscious mind. What happens with the rest?
Well, the subconscious takes care of it with its astonishing processing speed of 10 billion bits/sec.

Just think of this incredible difference in the performance:
‘Normal’ consciousness relates to the Subconscious as 40 to 10.000.000.000, that is forty to ten billion. Marvellous, isn’t it?

So, this is just one of the many fantastic capabilities of the subconscious, we use during hypnosis sessions.

3. Can say or do something, I do not want to?

Contrary to common beliefs: No.

An individual cannot be forced to act or speak against his or her will, moral principles or character. In this case, this individual would come out of the hypnotic state of mind, or would simply ignore the suggestion.

During hypnosis sessions we don’t intend to force the consciousness in any way, on the contrary, we build up an intense cooperation with the subconscious, in order to gain its help and to find the best and most effective solution to the client’s problem.

4. Is it safe?

Yes, it definitely is.

Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness and is therefore safe. Hypnosis ‘compared to many orthodox clinical methods is remarkably risk-free. Assessment of the risks of hypnosis by medical and psychological committees have concluded that hypnosis is essentially a safe and beneficial procedure and carries no greater risks than those associated with other psychological therapy methods.’

(Quote: Hypnotherapy Training Institute)

Moreover, as it brings a very profound quality of relaxation. Hypnotic state is a very pleasant experience, which brings harmony to the body and the mind.

5. Can I get ‘stuck’ in it?

No, you definitely can’t. Just like you don’t get ‘stuck’ in sleep.

There has never been anyone, who wouldn’t have come out of hypnosis.  The client may choose to come out of the hypnotic state of mind at any time.

6. Are there people who cannot be hypnotized?

‘Everyone has a natural capacity for response to hypnosis. Because it’s a natural state of mind.’

(Gil Boyne)

There are people, who have an inner conscious or subconscious inhibition on response to hypnosis.

What can these inhibitions be?

The most common is the fear of losing control. However, contrary to common beliefs, in the hypnotic state of mind you rather regain control instead of losing it. The hypnotist leads the hypnotic process and assists the client in solving his or her problems. But the internal control is always in the hands of the client. It is always the client’s decision if he or she is willing to cooperate, answer the questions or accept the given suggestions.

Some people are afraid of revealing their secrets. Those, who have already experienced the hypnotic state, know that no one can be forced to tell things that they do not want to share. Everything a client does or says during hypnosis is always with his or her consent and cooperation.

There might be inhibitions concerning revealing sides of the self, which the client is ashamed of or doesn’t want to show for some reason.

As I mentioned, hypnosis is actually a fully conscious state of awareness; it is an expanded state of consciousness, which works in a faster and more natural way than the so called ‘normal, awaken state’.

That why, all these inhibitions can be overcome with the help of the hypnotist. As already mentioned, the hypnosis session is based on consensus and cooperation, so if the client wants to let go of these inhibitions the hypnotic state can be achieved.

7. Okay, but what about the things one sees on hypnosis shows?

Many people assume that people participating on show hypnosis performances are acting against their will. Well, it is not so.
If you think about it a bit more closely, you will see that people agree voluntarily to take part in such shows. There are only volunteers in the show; no one is forced to go on the stage. Those people, who volunteered to be hypnotized in front of others, are mostly truly curious about the nature of hypnosis; they want to have that experience and they expect to have that experience. These people enjoy being in the focus of attention and they have fun being on the stage.
These are people who are ready to participate in this funny game, and who appreciate the hypnotic trance experience.

8. What do I need to experience the hypnotic trance?

First of all, openness, positive attitude and the desire to experience this great state of mind. That’s all you need to succeed!

Being in the hypnotic state is a great experience! It is an amazing feeling, when you first experience the extraordinary power of your subconscious and learn to use it.
I am so happy to be able to share this experience with all those of you, who want to change their lives in the most beneficial ways!

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