We’ll only talk about some key hypnosis facts, so don’t worry, we won’t serve you a long, boring lecture on hypnotherapy and how the media is twisting reality to make it look like magic or witchcraft. We might do that in another article, but for now you’re safe.
Joking aside, if you’re becoming interested in hypnosis and what it could do for you, it’s good to know a few basic facts, and we’ll cover them in plain English, not in tabloid-like mumbo-jumbo.
Basic hypnosis facts for hypnotherapy newbies
In the past 100 years, hypnosis was always associated with medicine in one form or another. The 20th-century was the time when hypnosis evolved as a psychoanalysis-related practice.
In all this time, there were no reported cases of people being hurt by hypnosis. Actually, the worst thing that can happen to you during hypnosis is that you can fall asleep.
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that is safe, nothing like the movies, TV shows, or stage performances you might have seen. It’s wrong to consider it “mind control” because there is no one else except you controlling your own mind. Your hypnotherapist can’t make you do things you don’t want to do, nor can they keep you stuck in a trance out of which you can’t get out on your own.
There are no reported cases of people getting stuck in a trance. Maintaining the hypnotic trance is actually a bit difficult because people can get out of it when they hear a phone, a knock on the door, or they fall asleep.
Another thing you should know is that you are always there, in control; you’re not shut down or pushed away from your own mind.
You also can hear what is happening in the room and what the hypnotherapist is saying at all times.
In a hypnotic trance, you’re in a focused consciousness state. You are not asleep. During sleep, you’re in a state of unconsciousness. Phrases like “and now you’ll go the sleep” used by hypnotists actually refer to closing your eyes, going deeply relaxed. It is somehow like if you were asleep, but you’re still there.
We hope these hypnosis facts we shared with you will make you look more critically to those TV-hypnotists we mentioned. We also hope that you’ll feel comfortable emailing us your questions. We’re always happy to talk about what we do.