Common Misconceptions About Hypnosis
There are many misconceptions surrounding hypnosis in society, perpetrated by films, television shows, books, and stage hypnotists.
Below I address some of these misconceptions.
Can you be hypnotized to do things against your will?
No. During a hypnotic session, you will be completely aware of everything going on. You will never do anything that violates your ethical and moral standards.
Under hypnosis, will I only be able to tell the truth and could I reveal personal secrets?
You can lie under hypnosis just as easily as in the waking state. You are in complete control of what you chose to reveal or conceal.
Will I remember everything the hypnotherapist says?
Everyone experiences hypnosis differently. For some it’s a state in which you are focused on the hypnotherapist’s words and listening carefully. For others, your attention may drift, sometimes not paying any conscious attention to what the hypnotist is saying. This can also change for an individual between therapy sessions.
Can I get stuck in a trance?
No one has ever been stuck in a hypnotic trance. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that we enter and exit during the normal course of a day. You will be physically relaxed, in a comfortable state where you can think, talk and even move about.