Common hypnosis myths
"Hypnosis puts you to sleep"
Hypnotic trance is not a state of unconsciousness nor sleep, but highly focused awareness.
"Hypnosis forces you to do things"
You cannot be hypnotised against your will as all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, you are always in control and can reject suggestions that are not aligned with your beliefs and values.
"You'll let your secrets out"
Hypnosis is not a truth serum and you won’t have to divulge anything you don’t want to say.
"The therapist subjects you to their will"
Hypnotherapy is not something you do to someone; it is something you do with someone.
"You lose control"
You cannot get stuck in hypnosis as you are in control the whole time. The therapist merely facilitates the experience.
Therapy in the therapy room or
the safety of your home
Misperceptions about hypnosis have been shaped through years of inaccurate but interesting portrayals of hypnosis on the stage, in movies or books.
Hypnosis is a natural human ability, involving focused attention, visualisation and enhanced capacity to respond to suggestions.