Sorting out the truth
If you've ever seen hypnotism used in a stage act, you've probably witnessed several of the myths about hypnosis in action. Clinical hypnotherapy by a qualified professional is not the same as that performed on stage where the candidates for hypnosis are selected, well in advance, for their perceived openess to psychological manipulation.
Here are some common myths about hypnosis and hypnotherapy which can be easily dispelled.
Myth: When you're under hypnosis, you surrender your free will.
Reality : Hypnosis is a heightened state of concentration and focused attention. When you're under hypnosis, you don't lose your personality, your free will or your personal strength.
Myth: When you're under hypnosis, the hypnotherapist controls you.
Reality: You enter hypnosis voluntarily for yourself. A hypnotherapist only serves as a knowledgeable guide or facilitator.
Myth: Under hypnosis, you lose consciousness and have amnesia.
Reality: A small number of people who go into a very deep hypnotic state experience spontaneous amnesia. However, most people remember everything that occurred whilst under hypnosis.
Myth: You can be put under hypnosis without your consent.
Reality: Successful hypnosis depends on your willingness to experience it. Even with voluntary participation, not everyone can be led into a hypnotic state.