Common Myths & Misconceptions About Hypnosis
Myth: You can be hypnotized to do things against your will
Fact: The hypnosis practitioner is merely a guide or facilitator. He/she cannot “make” you do anything against your will. In fact, during a hypnotic session, you are completely aware of everything going on. In other words you have the power to reject the suggestions.
This is a commonly held idea that has its source in stage shows and other venues that capitalize on the “power” of the hypnotist Of course, the answer to that question is “Yes” when you consider that the purpose of hypnosis is often to do things differently than we have done in the past. However it’s notable that these changes are not against the client’s will. Hilgard’s (1977) work at Stanford demonstrated a principle known as “The Hidden Observer” which indicates that there is part of the client which monitors the hypnotic process and which will protect them from responding in a manner that violates their ethical and moral standards.
Less often employed, there are certain few uses in which, under the direction of a specially trained hypnotherapist, the client can generate unconsciousness for the purposes of surgical anesthesia or the management of acute pain
Myth: Hypnosis isn’t an effective modality.
Fact: A Comparison Study Shows: “Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions.
Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions. Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions” Source: American Health Magazine
Areas of Focus
Clinical hypnotherapists help their clients to overcome specific symptoms and/or reach specific goals. For example, hypnotherapists often work with individuals who suffer from pain or who would like to quit smoking. The therapist’s goal is to assist clients in achieving objectives by reconditioning their minds through hypnosis, suggestive influence, and guided mental imagery.
Below are just a few of the issues that you will learn to work with as a Clinical Hypnotherapist.
• Eating Disorders
• Sleep Problems
• Weight Loss
• Impulsive Behavior
• Fears, Phobias, and Anticipatory Anxiety
• Control of Emotions
• Relationship Dynamics
• Stress Management
• Substance Abuse
• Taking Control of Thought Process
• Decision Making
• Pre-Birth Regression and Genetic Memory
• False Memories
• Blocking Pain (Medical Referral)