If I say to you the word …”HYPNOSIS!” What does that mean to you?
It’s a very powerful yet interesting word that means quite different things to many different people.
There are those that just imagine the zombie like trances in the movies we see from Hollywood! Others may have seem hypnosis applied to the common areas such as losing weight and quitting smoking.
But it may surprise many of you reading this that hypnosis has actually been accredited by the American Medical Association for use in hospitals since as long ago as the late 1950’s! This is no crazy old, no longer used therapy either as it’s strength and popularity continue to grow. And every week, it seems as though there are new findings and results from new studies showing the effectiveness of hypnosis.
I’ve teamed up with the Hypnosis Live superstore to write this article for you and to help you look at some the most common myths surrounding hypnosis and set the record straight.
I know you’ll find it very mind opening and definitely quite interesting! So, let’s get into it shall we?
Real Facts About Hypnosis
“Hypnotists have special powers!”.
Afraid not! They can certainly deliver some powerful results however it is not as cloak and dagger or supernatural as all those old Hollywood movies would have us believe!
Hypnotists don’t have any special powers. They simply have the knowledge and experience to help put you into an extremely deep state of relaxation, and then deliver the right kind of message to your inner mind, which puts thought into actions … literally!
Effectively, all hypnosis is \* self-hypnosis \*. You’re the one doing the work and changing your thought patterns. The hypnotist (or the hypnosis recording) simply supports the process for you.
“Hypnosis only works on weak-minded people!”.
Um, yeah, not quite right on that one again as its actually the wrong way round! It’s actually those who can focus and have a more innovative mind that get the best results with hypnosis.
That’s because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You’re not being directed by someone else. You’re actually leading yourself. And those people with greater focus and imagination get much more potent results with that process and skill set.
In a report for Psychology Today, Dr Deirdre Barrett, Ph. D wrote an article titled ‘The Power of Hypnosis’, in which she no
ted that “modern research shows that hypnotizability is correlated with intelligence, concentration and focus.”.
“During hypnosis, you can be made to do things against your will!”.
Now this one is also totally untrue. Your personal values and beliefs always remain unchanged during hypnosis. Those live shows where you do crazy things or lose your inhibition are not what we do and even when under that kind of hypnosis, you always know what you are doing.
With hypnosis, you merely permit yourself to enter into a state of heightened suggestion. At that point, you can ‘reprogram’ your thinking patterns. You’re the involved participant in this. If a hypnotist tries to tell you to do something that goes against your values, you’ll naturally reject it and jump out of your trance-like state. Sort of like an internal safety clause or seat belt!
“You can get stuck in a hypnotic state and never wake up!”.
This one is getting so old now, it’s very nearly funny. You can completely never get stuck in any kind of ‘hypnotic trance’!
There has never ever been a single recorded case of this. The state you reach during hypnosis is similar to that of day-dreaming. You’re just super-relaxed. You can ‘wake up’ again whenever you want to. Normally that will be at the end of the session, when guided to do so by the hypnotherapist.
“Hypnosis is an occult! And it’s against my religion!”.
Hypnosis is not an occult, and doesn’t violate any religion at all. Hypnosis is simply a safe and natural method of relaxing your mind, and supplying yourself with positive affirmations and concepts.
Hypnosis is a division of psychology, and has absolutely no connection to any religion whatsoever.
“Hypnosis isn’t really successful at changing anything!”.
This is CRAZY! Which can be born witness by thousands upon thousands of completely satisfied hypnosis patients. There have been countless studies that have proved the efficacy of hypnosis in a wide variety of environments.
Hypnosis was endorsed for medical use in 1958 by the American Medical Association, and almost all modern-day hospitals now utilize hypnosis to some degree. When conducted correctly it has a reported 90.6 % success rate in stopping smoking. (The University of Washington School of Medicine.) It was found to be over 30 times more effective than regular weight loss routines. (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.) It was found to bring ‘immediate’ and ‘significant relief’ to 75 % of women who used it to assist with their IBS symptoms, with 80 % still reporting progress up to six years later. (American Psychological Association.).
It has also been proven to noticeably reduce migraines, speed up recovery from surgery, reduce the magnitude of pain, help conquer drug addiction, relieve chemotherapy symptoms, and lower blood pressure. It’s been found to be as effective as Ritalin in treating ADD in children and I’m sure you will agree that hypnosis is far better for your child’s health and well being than drugs! And those are just a few of the actual medical applications!
Hypnosis has also been used by thousands worldwide to improve confidence and self-esteem, release addictions, let go of once crippling fears and phobias, finally lose that weight, stop smoking, improve brainpower, and the list goes on.
A research study by American Health Magazine found hypnosis to be more effective than other kinds of self-change, including behavior therapy and psychoanalysis. It mentions that hypnosis had a 93 % success rate after just 6 sessions– compared to behavior therapy with 73 % after 22 sessions, and psychoanalysis with 38 % after 600 sessions.
Hypnosis is an exciting subject that has long been surrounded and cheapened or laughed off with far too much Hollywood myth.
We hope this article has helped to straighten out a few misinterpretations!