Hypnosis and its use in hypnotherapy have long been recognized as an effective method to help people. Whether it is used to cure an addiction or just help build confidence, hypnotherapy is certainly a useful tool. Changing negative models into positive ones is a brief way to describe it in essence.
However, the entertainment industry and the way hypnotherapy has been described there have contributed to many misconceptions about it. It has become so bad that hypnosis is regarded as a scam or a dangerous technique, which may have dire implications on one's actions. Such speculations have created a number of myths about hypnotherapy, which should be cleared out and debunked:
Not all people can be hypnotised – some researchers have suggested the idea that some people can not be hypnotised. In reality, hypnosis is a state, which comes very close to what humans experience upon falling asleep and awakening. Furthermore, the effects of TV have long been researched and considered as 'hypnotic' to a large extent. Sometimes the mind wanders off and causes people to miss a turn while driving, which again is a light state of hypnosis. All of these examples go to show that everyone can be put under hypnosis, it is just that the approach should take a different form at times. Professional hypnotherapists use a number of techniques, which can be used to a great success in putting a patient under a state of hypnosis; it is just a matter of finding the best method for a particular individual.
Hypnosis is used to force you into doing actions against your will – the main role of a hypnotherapist is to act as a facilitator or a guide, ie they can not in any way make you do anything you do not want to do. As a matter of fact, you are completely aware of everything that happens during a hypnotic session, and you are in full control. With that said, it is possible for you to reject the suggestions of the therapist if you are not comfortable with where they are guiding you. The reason why this myth is so popular is because various stage shows present the hypnotist as an influential person, capable of controlling others. The truth is that a person can be hypnotized to do things that they would not otherwise, but that never happens against theirs. There is always one part of the client that prevails them from doing anything in violation of their moral and ethical standards during a hypnotic session.
You can reveal personal information during hypnosis – people can lie under hypnosis. In fact, since they have access to other awkward resources, these lies can be more creative than ever. Furthermore, a person under hypnosis is in full control of what they reveal and what they want to keep a secret so there is no real danger of exposing things that should be kept a secret.
These are just a number of hypnosis and hypnotherapy myths that circle around. Hopefully, now you know better than trust these statements.