Over the years, people get many misconceptions about hypnotherapy. Even while the practice has been proven to work on many conditions, many are still doubtful of the effects of hypnotherapy as well as how it really works. Such misconceptions include the following:
Myths About Hypnotherapy
Many people are afraid of hypnotherapy as it uses hypnosis in the treatment of various psychological and physical ailments. On the contrary, hypnosis is falsely portrayed in the movies, TV shows, novels and stage hypnosis shows. The most common myths of hypnotherapy and hypnosis are the following:
· Become unconscious
When in a state of trance, becoming unconscious is least likely. Hypnosis works by increasing our awareness and focusing our attention. It lets us focus deeply inward and into our subconscious minds, tapping into our memories and experiences to determine the event where a certain reaction was first made. Such an activity requires heightened focus and becoming unconscious during hypnosis will not be effective.
· Reveal deepest secrets
Under hypnosis, the hypnotherapist will never be able to make you do anything that is against your will or moral code. Your mind is very powerful, especially the subconscious. It dictates our behaviours and actions and if something goes against that, it will never happen. During hypnosis, we do not reveal any of our secrets if we do not want to. Therefore, even in a trance, we will never do or say anything that is against our will.
· Lose control
The most feared hypnosis misconception is that we lose control of our own actions and become susceptible to direct commands by the hypnotherapist. This is entirely false. During hypnosis, we are only more responsive to suggestions, yet we will only respond to suggestions or commands according to what we desire to accomplish. Thus, the hypnotherapist will not control us if the commands are against our will or conscience.
What Happens During Hypnotherapy Session
Before hypnotherapy, it is important for the hypnotherapist to assess our medical and psychological background in order to determine underlying conditions and problems and identify the right approach for the therapy to be effective.
As we have discussed, hypnotherapy uses hypnosis, but it is not the same as portrayed in film, shows and other depictions for entertainment purposes. During the session, the hypnotherapist induces you into a relaxed state where you get into a trance. You will be fully aware of everything that happens and will be able to remember the entire conversation. Moreover, being in a trance gets you into a heightened state of consciousness and concentration, thus lets you tap into your subconscious mind. The hypnotherapist guides you throughout the procedure and helps you identify the root of the problem while giving positive suggestions to solve the problem and creating positive changes in your behaviour, attitude or body function.
While hypnotherapy can be effective, it only works on people who are willing to make changes in their lives and recover from their condition. If so such desire is present, then they will not be susceptible to positive suggestions and hypnotherapy will fail. Knowing this, you will be guided when deciding on getting hypnotherapy.