Have you ever heard of hypnosis? It is a form of therapy that uses suggestion and concentration to help people change behaviors or achieve their goals. Unfortunately, hypnosis is often misrepresented in the media and in the public consciousness, leading to many misconceptions about its effectiveness and safety.
Here are five common myths about hypnosis - and why they are incorrect
Myth #1: Hypnosis only for entertainment.
This is one of the most common myths about hypnosis. Many believe that hypnosis is only used for entertainment purposes, such as on stage in a nightclub or in a TV show.
However, hypnosis is actually a well-known therapeutic technique used to help people change phobias, reduce sugar cravings, allergies, pollen or manage stress, depression and anxiety, pain relief, PTSD, OCD and postpartum depression etc. There are many more areas of application as well.
One very useful application is to give birth without pain. There are specially trained professionals in this area and it is a fantastic natural way for both the baby and the mother, as it results in less trauma for all parties involved, and instead a wonderful experience where the body also heals faster.
Myth #2: Hypnosis is dangerous and/or can create brain damage.
There is no scientific evidence to suggest that hypnosis can cause brain damage or any other harm. On the contrary, it is a form of focus and mindfulness that helps with relaxation. Hypnosis is a natural therapy that poses no risks to physical or mental health (as long as you don't have certain mental illnesses).
Different countries have different regulations regarding what can be done with hypnotherapy. In England, psychologists and psychiatrists often refer their patients to or collaborate with hypnotherapists to more effectively change certain behaviors. Some even have a whole team of doctors and psychologists who work with hypnotherapists.
Myt #3: Hypnosis makes you lose control
Another common myth about hypnosis is that it makes you lose control. This is completely untrue. Hypnosis involves a deep relaxation and a state of high concentration, but you still have full control over your actions and decisions.
Myt #4: Hypnosis only works on some special people.
Many people believe that hypnosis only works for a few select individuals and that it is not an effective form of therapy for everyone. This is also a misconception. Hypnosis is a therapy that can help at least 90% of those who want to change their behavior or achieve their goals, regardless of age, gender, or background. (There are certain personality types that absolutely do not want to change, such as psychopaths and sociopaths.)
Myt #5: Hypnos is a qick fix.
Many people believe that hypnosis is a quick fix for all problems and that it can change everything at once. But that's not the case. Hypnosis is a therapy that requires commitment and time from both the client and the therapist to be effective.
However, it is extremely effective as we work directly with the subconscious mind.
For example, I have had many clients who have been seeing a psychologist for 10-15 years (who works with the conscious mind) and the results after seeing me has been about 20 sessions. So more effective depending on the issue.
Another example is phobias, which may only need 1-3 sessions, extremely effective, don't you think?
As you can see, there are many myths about hypnosis that are not true. Hypnosis is actually an effective and safe natural therapy that can help you change your behavior or achieve your goals.
If you're interested in learning more about hypnosis and how it can help you, you can read more about methods here, and answers to the most common questions here and also contact me for more information about what you're wondering about.