Taking back control
Living with addictions, fears, phobias or lack of confidence is hard, but these are unnecessary installations of the unconscious mind shaped by our past & formed by our belief systems, environments, identities
Myth: Some people can’t be hypnotized.
Fact: Although some researchers and clinicians claim that some people are not able to be hypnotized, everyone has the ability to be hypnotized because it’s a natural, normal state that each of us enters at least twice each day – upon awakening and falling asleep. We also enter a hypnotic state whenever we get totally engrossed in a movie or TV show. When the actors become the characters they portray in our minds, we are hypnotized. Also, whenever we are driving and daydreaming enough to miss a turn or motorway exit we know to take, we probably were experiencing a light state of hypnosis.
People may have this misconception because of an unsuccessful experience they've had with a hypnotist. People are responsive to different approaches, and if a particular approach has not been successful in the past, it's a matter of finding the way that works best for them.
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, if you do not like where the hypnotist is guiding you, 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. It’s worth noting that occasionally a similar issue is raised - “Can someone be hypnotized to do things they wouldn’t normally do?” 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.
Myth: Under hypnosis, you will always tell the truth and could even reveal personal secrets
Fact: You can lie under hypnosis just as easily as in the waking state. In fact, as hypnosis gives you greater access to unconscious resources, you may even be able to tell more creative lies when in trance. Additionally, you are in complete control of what you chose to reveal or conceal.
Myth: I won't remember anything the hypnotist says.
Fact: Everyone experiences hypnosis differently ... for some, it's a state in which you are focused on the hypnotist's words and listening more carefully, for others it's a little more like daydreaming and your attention may drift and wander from one thought to another ... sometimes not paying any conscious attention to what the hypnotist is saying. Either way is okay, and neither will be more or less effective than the other. It's simply a matter of your own personal style.
Myth: A person can get stuck in a trance forever.
Fact: No one has ever been stuck in a hypnotic trance. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that we enter and exit during the normal course of a day.
Hypnosis involves a slight altering of our state of consciousness so that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is resting whilst the right-hand side, the subconscious is more alert.
Our subconscious is deeper seated and more instinctive. Activities such as walking, talking and emotional reactions are all dependent on our unconscious involvement. Hypnosis can, therefore, help to change unwanted behaviour which is stored in the subconscious and create a new positive behaviour which promotes a change in attitude so you can do the things you want to do and stop doing the things you dislike.
A good example of this is in stopping smoking. If it was up to our conscious mind then it would suffice to say ‘I want to stop’ but the habit is stored deeper in our subconscious and this is where hypnosis works. It is this part of the mind that has to accept change for the patient’s behaviour and physical state to improve. Hypnotherapy is helpful for a whole variety of psychological problems as well.
Hypnosis can help with:
* STOP SMOKING
* PAIN MANAGEMENT
* SPORTS PERFORMANCE
Solution focused hypnotherapy
What is Hypnosis?
Within science, there is no debate as to whether hypnosis exists or works. Science simply cannot agree on what it is and how it works, although as The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states:
"In therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist."
These suggestions help people make positive changes within themselves. Long gone are the days when hypnosis was seen as waving watches and controlling people's minds. In a hypnotherapy session, you are always in control and you are not made to do anything. It is generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis. A hypnotist merely helps to facilitate your experience - hypnotherapy is not about being made to do things, in fact, it is the opposite, it is about empowerment.
Common Myths about hypnosis
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