Have you ever seen a television show featuring a hypnotist who pulls people out of the audience, hypnotizes them, and then makes them walk around like a duck or do some type of embarrassing act in front of everyone? If so, what you have just witnesses is not hypnosis but simply a show. Because there have been so many misconceptions over the years regarding hypnosis, we wanted to talk about some myths and truths, as well as provide our readers with some specific ways in which hypnosis can help improve quality of life.
Legitimate hypnotherapists are specially trained and licensed. These professionals are qualified people who have the skill, knowledge, and training to use positive suggestions so people can overcome various challenges such as smoking, overeating, shyness, bedwetting, and so on. Unfortunately, the misconceptions about hypnosis means that many people are overlooking this powerful and effective technique to conquer some of life’s problems.
For starters, many people still believe that if they are hypnotized, they lose complete will. In other words, just like the person that makes people walk around like ducks, they would have no control over what they do and say. The truth is that hypnosis is merely a heightened state of concentration and focused attention. Therefore, when under hypnosis, you are completely aware of your surroundings. You do not lose your personality, your will power, or your integrity.
Another common myth associated with hypnosis has to do you the hypnotherapist or hypnotist having complete control over you when you are under a hypnotic state. Again, this type of false information is limiting people from getting the help they need. The truth in this case is that you are hypnotized on a voluntary basis. The role of the hypnotherapist or hypnotist is strictly that of a guide or facilitator. This professional simply uses positive suggestions to reach the subconscious mind so change can occur.
Next, you will hear myths that when you are under hypnosis, you actually go into amnesia-like state. With this, you would lose all consciousness. Nothing could be further from the truth. While there are a small number of people who will drift off into a deep hypnotic state, whereby they may experience some level of spontaneous amnesia but for the most par, this is not the case. Typically, people being hypnotized will remember everything said and done while they are in a hypnotic state.
Then, we see the misconception about hypnosis that you can be sent into a hypnotic state without giving your consent. The truth here is that to be hypnotized and for it to work, you have to be wiling to let it work. In other words, when the hypnotist or hypnotherapist begins providing you with positive suggestions, your subconscious mind has to be willing and able to accept those suggestions. Otherwise, the overall experience will never work.
The practice of hypnosis is not generally regulated in most states. Therefore, when you choose the professional to work with, you want to make your choice wisely. What you want to look for is a certified hypnotist, which would be someone with a minimum of 200 hours of training. However, keep in mind that a certified hypnotist is not qualified to provide any other type of treatment. On the other hand, a hypnotherapist is typically a medical or healthcare professional who adds hypnosis to his or her existing genre. This person also goes through extensive training from a university, which is then coupled with medical training to provide an all-inclusive solution.
The key in either case is for you to take charge, asking specific questions. These questions would show you exactly the best person for the job. Some of the questions we recommend you ask include:
– Does the professional have specific training in a field to include social work, dentistry, medicine, or psychology
– What school or schools did the professional attend and what type of certification or license does he or she hold
– Is the professional licensed in your state
– How long has the professional been in practice
– What professional organizations does this person belong to
– If a hypnotist, how much training time does the professional have, from what school, and what specific training.
Just remember that when you are hypnotized by a professional with the right credentials, you are generally in good hands.