Here are the top 5 most common myths about hypnosis.


The word 'hypnosis' often appears as a topic of discussion. Sometimes hearing the word hypnosis raises a feeling of worry in people's minds. Because in people's minds, hypnosis is closely related to unconsciousness and being under the control of other people (the hypnotist or therapist).

Hypnotherapy is a talking therapy that uses hypnosis. But, there are misconceptions related to hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Here are the top 5 most common myths about hypnosis.


Myth #1: Hypnotherapy = Mind control

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In fact, people who undergo hypnosis participate by choice and are fully in control of themselves. They have the ability to take themselves out of the hypnotic state by simply opening their eyes. A hypnotherapist can't make someone do anything that would go against their core values. 

Myth #2: People may reveal their deepest darkest secrets during the hypnosis

It won't happen unless people want to share it. If that were true, there would be no need for a judge or jury to determine whether the criminals were guilty or. 

Myth #3: Only gullible people can be hypnotised

Some people are more 'suggestible' in hypnosis than others, and people with a vivid imagination are often especially open to suggestion. It is however difficult to predict who will be most 'suggestible' and a lot depends on client/therapist rapport and the choice of hypnosis technique employed.

Myth #4: Hypnotherapy can make people do silly things

Fact: A hypnotherapist can't make you do anything against your will. Stage hypnotists will invite volunteers from the audience to get up on stage but they are 'willing participants' who understand the nature of such shows and know that they will be entertaining the audience by doing amusing things.

Myth #5: Hypnosis comes from “Black Magic” or is “Supernatural”

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Of course, that is a myth. In fact, hypnosis is a natural state that has been studied scientifically. Hypnotherapy is based on many years of clinical research by famous Psychologists such as Dr. Sigmund Freud and Dr. Carl Jung, and more recently, by Dr. Milton Erikson and Dr. John Kappas.


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