Hypnosis is not what most people think. Misconceptions about hypnosis have been perpetrated by television, movies and unethical stage demonstrations. Hypnosis today is offered in the curriculums of prestigious universities like Harvard School of Medicine, Stanford University, Seton Hall School of Medicine, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and other institutions of higher learning.
Today, hypnosis is a trusted and valued member of the healing arts and social sciences. Used in law enforcement, government, professional sports, psychology, medicine, dentistry, on and on. It is considered by many to be the most effective tool in helping people stop smoking, lose weight and reduce stress.
Even though the current popularity of hypnosis is at an all time high, many people who visit Inspire Hypnosis still have misconceptions about what hypnosis is and what it can and cannot do.
The misconception of consciousness creates a lot of questions. No one is "knocked out," or unconscious. In fact hypnosis is not sleep, a hypnotized person will generally experience an increased, more focused attention. The so called hypnotic trance is almost identical to the state that precedes sleep. It feels like being awake and alert during a pleasant dream.
This misconception of unconsciousness occurs because many stage hypnotists use the word "sleep" to dramatize their performance. But a hypnotized person is awake and aware of his surroundings at all times.
Another nefarious misconception about hypnosis is the surrendering of will. This myth has no foundation in fact whatsoever because the capacity of a hypnotized person is subjective in nature. They cannot be forced or motivated to do anything against their wishes or will. People are not dominated by their hypnotist. This again is a myth brought on by the authoritarian approach of unethical hypnotists. Hypnosis cannot weaken your morals or your beliefs unless the person wishes to have those beliefs altered.
Another broad, mythical hypnotic cliche is that only the weak minded can be hypnotized. Exactly the opposite is true. The higher the level of intelligence, the better the ability to concentrate, the better the hypnosis subject, the better the hypnotic result.
Think of the mind as a muscle. The more it is used the stronger and more developed it becomes. Hypnosis is a tool that can be used to maximize our intellectual and emotional potential.
Do not confuse hypnotizability with gullibility. First, hypnosis is a permission state. No one can ever hypnotize you against your will. Hypnotizability is an individual's hypnotic capacity, which is in direct proportion to intellect and intelligence. Gullibility is the exact opposite. Gullibility is a process of belief without logical analysis.
When a person fears hypnosis, that fear is an obstacle that can prevent a positive hypnotic result. The state of mind a person brings to hypnosis will also affect the final result. Fear, doubt, skepticism are unwarranted because in all the annals of recorded history there has not been one documented instance of a negative affect occurring from being hypnotized.
In comparison, a person who enters hypnosis with an adventurous attitude of discovery and willingness and desire to achieve the stated goal, who is committed to that goal, should anticipate exceptional results with hypnosis.
For more information about hypnosis, I recommend you give us a call at (530) 387-6644. We offer a free consultation in which we will explain the benefits and limitations of hypnosis in detail, perform hypnotic capacity tests that are fun and informative, that show you how hypnosis works and the type of results you can expect using it.