When you hear the word hypnosis, you may imagine a sinister-looking man with a pocket watch popularized in movies and comic books. He waves this watch in front of the glazed eyed person until he/she falls into a zombi-like state. Once hypnotized, the subject is forced to obey, no matter how strange, illegal or immoral the request.
This popular representation bears little resemblance to actual hypnotism. Let’s dispel some of the myths surrounding this phenomena.
Can the hypnotist make me do things against my will?
No. The hypnotist cannot make you do anything against your beliefs and values. You are always in control. The hypnotist just guides you into a deep state of relaxation which you can learn to do for yourself if you wish.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis and never come out?
If you are hypnotized and the hypnotist left the room and never returned, your own mind would pull you safely out of the hypnosis in one of two ways. You would either realize the hypnotist was no longer talking to you, and you would open your eyes and be wide awake and feeling fine, or you would drift into a normal sleep for a few minutes and then wake up normally, feeling fine.
Is Hypnosis dangerous?
Not at all. Hypnosis is a very safe and natural phenomena. It has been approved by American Medical Association since 1958 as a conjunct to medical profession and it was recommended that instruction in hypnosis be included in the curriculum of medical schools.
Can only weak-minded people be hypnotized?
On the contrary, it is much easier to hypnotize people who are intelligent.
Will I reveal my secrets?
No, you won’t. Remember, you are always in control. In fact, people are much better liars when in hypnosis than when they are not.
Am I going to be asleep?
Hypnosis isn’t sleep but a deep state of relaxation. Even if your hypnotist uses the word sleep it is just a way to direct your mind to relax deeply and quickly.
How do I go into hypnosis?
There are two ways people go into hypnosis. One is automatic, when you naturally go into the state of mind relaxation. You may remember being “spaced out”, daydreaming, or driving on a highway and not remembering the last few miles. People go in and out of these states many times a day. That is hypnosis. Another way is to be guided into this state by a hypnotist using hypnotic induction, or using self-hypnosis. In this case we are using the same process but with intention, to resolve specific issues.
Does insurance cover hypnosis?
Most insurance companies do not cover hypnosis.