Hypnotherapy is an approach that has helped countless individuals make the changes they need to in their lives. Nevertheless, the number of people who have experienced it and benefited from it is still a relatively small segment of society. Consequently, a number of myths exist about hypnotherapy and those who undergo it – myths that are persistent and seem not to really go away.
These myths can be damaging as they not only hurt the hypnotherapy industry, but actively discourage people from seeking the help they need. When the mere mention of the word ‘hypnosis’ brings to mind entertainers making people behave like chickens on stage, it’s hard to ensure that people get the treatment they’re looking for.
It’s for this reason that we are going to take a few all too common myths and misconceptions surrounding hypnosis and therapy, and set the record straight – so you can perhaps be better equipped to make the choice as to whether it is for you or not.
Myth: Hypnotised people can be manipulated
Hypnotism in a fictional form features in quit a few stories as a way of getting people to do a villain’s bidding. Fortunately, this doesn’t really have anything to do with hypnotism in real life.
When under the influence of a hypnotherapist, you will be more open to taking your life in a new, better direction – but you won’t do anything you don’t want to. It is literally impossible for a hypnotist to make you do anything against your will, just by suggesting it.
Myth: Hypnotism is just entertainment
False! Hypnosis has helped an enormous number of people to overcome their fears, beat addictions and get ahead in their careers, relationships and sports pursuits.
With an altered view on the world, there is very little in your life you can’t change for the better, whether you suffer from anxiety, fear of new things, a smoking addiction or any other habit you wish to break. Much more worthwhile than cheap entertainment!
Myth: Hypnotism is dangerous
There is no way that a hypnotherapist could harm you through your therapy. There are no side effects – many choose it over medication for this reason – nor can you be induced to do something that could pose a risk to yourself, as mentioned.
What you will gain is greater choice and autonomy over the rest of your life. The solution to your problems could be found in just a few short sessions, so come and see what how you could benefit.