Myths About Hypnosis- According to a Hypnotist

I get calls from people who are curious about hypnosis on a daily basis. They wonder if hypnosis is right for them or if it will work for whatever issue they'd like to resolve. Sometimes, they just want to improve themselves. In any case, I thought I'd convey my thoughts about hypnosis for anyone who reads this.

First, I want to dispel a few myths about hypnosis.

  1. Hypnosis is NOT mind control!
    A hypnotist cannot force anyone to do anything they don't already want to do. This goes for street hypnotists and stage hypnotists alike. People are choosing to do what the hypnotist suggests. Even if they do so to their own embarrassment. YOU are in complete control.
  2. Hypnosis is not sleep.
  3. Hypnosis is not being "unconscious"
  4. Hypnosis is part of the occult.

It's true that many occultists and spiritualists use hypnosis. However, there are many clinical hypnotists that focus on the scientific foundations that support hypnosis. If your beliefs prevent you from participating in ceremonies from other religions, you have nothing to worry about. Hypnosis is a state of mind (a natural state of mind) that can be used to help you overcome bad habits, debilitating thoughts, phobias and a myriad of other things- and that's the real magic of hypnosis! (pun intended...)
Secondly, not all hypnotists are alike. We each differ in our theories and techniques. Some hypnotists are self-taught, others went to school. I'd like to imagine that most of us are a combination of both. We each learn from experience and training. When that's brought to bear in our clients' behalf, awesome things can happen.

Thirdly, people tend to ask me the same questions about the efficacy of hypnosis. They may ask questions like,
"Will it work on the first time?"
"Will I remember everything?"
"Can you fix me?"
The first two questions can be answered with- "That depends on you". That may sound trite but it's really no different than anything else you're applying to in life. Be it therapy, the gym, church or anything else, the more you put in, the more you get out. The difference with hypnosis is that you are allowing your subconscious to "help" you make changes.

That last question is a loaded one, but I hear it a lot. Unfortunately, we live in a society full of marketing that resounds with "quick fixes" and "the easy way". I'd like say this about hypnosis: It is much easier and significantly faster to overcome or improve habits/thoughts/et cetera when you allow the subconscious to help you.

I'll further that point with this analogy. Say you are trying to stop popping your knuckles. First, you have to become aware that you are going to pop your knuckles. Then you have to remember to stop when you feel the urge. If you don't feel the urge, you have to remember that the urge could come at any time. Then when you feel that urge, you have to not pop your knuckles. Over time, you will overcome that habit.

But what if you could experience that without consciously thinking through every step? THAT is how hypnosis can help. It can help you -remember- those steps at a subconscious level and move on with life, having overcome an irritating habit. I'd like to add that clients tend to discover some really intriguing and powerful things about themselves throughout the process.

Final thoughts:
I'd imagine if you're reading this, you've come to my blog or website ( with questions or just curiosity. I'd invite you to do some research into clinical hypnosis. I think you'll find it quite interesting and if you ever get the chance to talk to a hypnotist in person, please don't hesitate. You may just change your own life!

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