MYTH: It is possible to be hypnotised against your will.

Anyone who actively resists attempts to induce hypnosis cannot be hypnotised.

MYTH: Hypnosis will only work on certain people.

Hypnosis is a natural brain wave state.  It’s a state that you experience when waking up and when going to sleep every day.  If you want it to work and you cooperate then you will be open to its effects.

MYTH: You will reveal your secrets during hypnosis.

Hypnosis only helps a person to let go if they want to.  It’s a process of cooperation and you will only share what you want to with your therapist. You will not reveal information that you wish to keep to yourself.

MYTH: I won’t remember what happens during hypnosis.

You’ll be aware of exactly what is going on before, during and after being hypnotised. It is normal for your mind to wander at times, not always focused on what the hypnotist is saying, this is completely natural.

MYTH: It’s possible to become stuck in trance.

This is not possible, if left alone you would eventually just naturally wake up.

MYTH: A hypnotised person loses their will and is completely under the command of the hypnotist.

This belief is often reinforced by many entertainment stage hypnotists. The person on stage, who does something silly under hypnosis, is someone who wants to entertain and be the centre of attention. The power of suggestion is used in hypnosis, but it is used with your consent. You are in control of yourself and cannot be made to do anything that is against your will. If anyone suggests something that goes against your values, moral belief system, or is anyway dangerous to yourself or anyone else, it is rejected. Suggestions given by the hypnotist will not be followed if they are unacceptable to the subject.

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