Hypnosis: Myth & Reality
Hollywood hype would have us believe that a hypnotist can
control and direct our actions, and that we can be made to
do all sorts of unimaginable things under hypnosis. Following
is a list of some of these common myths which must be clarified
before we proceed further.
The hypnotist can make you do things against your will.
Absolutely False. The hypnotist has no powers over you at
all, and cannot make you do things against your will. All
Hypnosis is really self-directed and self-controlled. The
hypnotist merely guides you into a hypnotic state, and feeds
your mind with carefully worded suggestions. If you feel
uncomfortable with these suggestions, you may reject them
at will. Hypnosis is essentially a matter of cooperation between
the hypnotist and his subject, not some form of power the
hypnotist possesses which will compel the subject to submit
to his or her will.
Once under Hypnosis, one can't come out of the state on his
If you are under hypnosis and the hypnotist suddenly left
the room, two things may happen. You will either realize that
the hypnotist is no longer talking to you, and will open your
eyes, feeling fresh and alert. Or, you may drift into natural
sleep, in which case you will wake up after a few minutes
(or hours). So, the subject can come out of the trance on
Only weak-minded people can be hypnotized.
False. Hypnosis has nothing to do with will power. People
often confuse hypnotibility with gullibility. There is no
connection between the two. On the contrary, the more intelligent
a person is, the easier it is for him to be hypnotized. To
be hypnotized, one needs the abilities of concentration, imagination
and vivid visualization.
Under hypnosis, the subject is totally unconscious.
At all times during the course of a hypnotic session, you
will be able to hear and to think. You are aware of what is
going on around you. Although your body is very relaxed, your
mind is actually more alert than usual. Many people are worried
by stage hypnosis and the fact that the subjects, many of
whom do ridiculous things during the session, seem to have
no knowledge of anything around them. The unfortunate part
of such an activity is that it often frightens away those
people who could really benefit from hypnotherapy, but are
afraid of losing control.
Under hypnosis, one can be made to reveal his secrets.
As mentioned above, under hypnosis, the subject is fully alert,
in fact more alert than usual. The hypnotist can only guide
the subject to remember forgotten memories. Whether the subject
will reveal them to the hypnotist is entirely at his own discretion.
Hypnosis is dangerous.
Untrue. It is quite the opposite. Hypnosis is a safe and natural
process. One fact that most people are unaware of is that
we undergo Hypnosis several times in our daily lives. For
example, while driving along a highway, very often, people
suddenly discover that they have lost consciousness for several
minutes. This is actually an example of momentary hypnotism.
However, someone with epilepsy should never be hypnotized.
One needs special powers to be hypnotized.
Any average person with the willingness and patience to learn,
can master the skills of hypnosis. Like other skills such
as playing the piano, or learning a foreign language, some
people are "naturals", and become accomplished with little
training while others can increase their abilities through
regular practice. A good, confident voice is an advantage,
but not a must. Of course, children lacking an understanding
and appreciation for the subject (usually below the age of
5) may not respond to hypnosis in the desired way.
The user might become dependent on hypnosis.
You cannot become dependent upon hypnosis because it has no
physical effects on the body. However, many people look forward
to their daily hypnosis exercises because they become totally
relaxed and awaken refreshed.
Pradeep Aggarwal is a renowned Hypnosis & NLP guru
with career spanning two and half decades working, teaching,
conducting workshops on Hypnosis Globally. He has authored
many Books Hypnosis & NLP. Visit http://www.hypnosisglobal.com
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