Hypnotherapy is a system of treatment that has become increasingly popular among people who are looking to beat addiction, get over phobias, or alter bad habits. Some people are still a little nervous about hypnotherapy, because they are not sure how it works, and they are not comfortable with the idea of giving up control over their ‘conscious mind.’ Let’s take a look at how hypnotherapy works and clear up a few misconceptions.
Myth: A good hypnotist can hypnotize anyone
While hypnosis is a common theme in movies, the fact is that for someone to be hypnotized, they have to want it to happen, and they have to be ‘playing along.’ Hypnosis cannot take place against your consent. Indeed, some people who want to experience hypnosis can’t be hypnotized anyway, even if they want to. Hypnosis requires trust and a willingness to let go on a conscious level, and some people don’t like the feeling of giving up control, so will fight it.
Myth: Hypnosis is predictable
Hypnosis is something that everyone responds to differently. Some people are more ‘suggestible’ than others and will respond very well to hypnosis. Some will simply be a bit more relaxed and open minded. Some people will find that after a single session they will experience an actual shift in how they think. Some will conclude that hypnosis did very little for them overall.
Fact: Hypnosis simply opens up your mind
You cannot be charmed into thinking something that is not ‘you’ on some subconscious level. If you have a phobia, hypnosis is a way of working through that fear – but a hypnotist can’t trick you into thinking that you can fly to the point that you would willingly walk off a cliff while you were ‘not under the influence of hypnosis.’ This type of activity is something you see in the movies, but it’s a huge exaggeration of how hypnosis works.
Truth: If you respond to meditation, give hypnotherapy a try
Hypnotherapy can be a real stress-beater. It is good for people who need to take some time out, think, and relax. Hypnotherapy can work particularly well for the sort of person that responds to meditation and yoga because those things involve the same idea of relaxing and opening up their mind. Again, this is not for everyone. A hypnotist can’t bring out what is not there or change your nature. This guide dives deeper into the concept.
If you’ve ever used a floatation tank and found it an exceptional experience, then exploring your inner self or using positive affirmations as a part of hypnotherapy could well change your life. The onus has to come from you, though, and if you’re going into the process with your mind closed off, feeling hostile and anxious then there is a good chance that it will do nothing for you. Hypnosis is a two-way street, not a magic trick.