In the movies it can be the scene where the weird-looking man holding a pocket watch determinedly swings it in front of a vulnerable, lost-looking young woman. He slowly and deeply repeatedly utters the phrase, “You are getting sleepy… You’re getting sleepy…” as the girl stares blankly at the clock. You can see the world spinning around her, circling and spiraling. After a while she begins to act like a zombie, or sleepwalker. She has been hypnotized.
This is how most people experience hypnosis, they see a show or watch a movie that makes it appear as if the hypnotist is taking control and making a person do things they don’t want to do. If you’re like most people, what you’ve heard about hypnosis is actually based on myths, fantasy, and fiction. Thanks to our popular culture, hypnotism has achieved an eerie, mystical, otherworldly and sometimes evil reputation.
While there may be a shred of truth to the scenario above, because hypnosis does use verbal suggestions to help people believe and therefore act as a differently, it certainly can’t do what the movies depict or we would have people lined up for miles to learn the secrets of hypnosis and “take over the world”. There is certainly more about hypnotism than those campy films.
The usefulness of hypnotism, or what we commonly call hypnosis, continues to be studied, analyzed, and interpreted. From medicine, psychology, new age, self-help, religion, history, media and popular culture, hypnotism has been given many different interpretations along with uses. From the ability of a smoker to quit smoking with hypnotherapy to helping people lose weight, reduce stress or just hit a golf ball straighter, hypnosis has been adapted by people across the spectrum to transform their lives.
But what about all those hypnosis myths, are they real? Well let’s take a look at 4 of the most popular ones.
1. Hypnosis is magic – False
If you are looking for a hypnotist to help you change like Harry Potter, touching you on the head with a magic wand then you’re going to be very disappointed. Simply put hypnosis is not magic. There is no type of hypnotism that involves the use of any type of magic or spells. It works naturally with the way your body and your brain already operate.
2. Hypnosis puts you to sleep – False
This myth comes about because hypnosis comes from the Greek term “hypnos” or to sleep. But you do not go into a sleep state when you are hypnotized. The truth about hypnotism is when you are hypnotized you’re fully awake and conscious. Yes, your brain is in a very relaxed state, but, rather than being asleep, you’re actually extremely focused.
3. You can be hypnotize against your will – False
The truth about hypnotism is you have to want to be hypnotized or you will not be. Another fact about hypnotism is the only way you can be hypnotized is if you believe you can be. You must actively participate in a hypnosis session to make it happen. You do this by entering into a fully relaxed state.
4. The hypnotist can control you when they hypnotize you – False
Many people fear hypnosis because they think the hypnotist is going to control them. Although this is a very common misconception about hypnosis nothing could be further from the truth. The truth about hypnotism is that, although the effect of your limiting beliefs in your conscious mind is minimized, you’re still very much in control.
No one can make you do anything that you’re morally or ethically opposed to. For example, if a hypnotist tells you to rob a bank, you won’t do this if you believe that stealing is wrong. In fact, such a suggestion will bring you out of your hypnotic state.
What about the clucking chicken antics? In a hypnotic trance, some people will do such silly things because the learned inhibitions of their conscious mind relax enough to allow the creative forces of their subconscious to dominate.
Normally, the only things that keep you from acting like that are your learned social conventions, such as, “You look stupid when you do stuff like that.” This is a limiting belief that resides in your conscious mind.
Think about it this way. When you were a small child, you weren’t embarrassed to be creative and pretend you were all sorts of things. In fact, it was often encouraged. But as you got older, you learned that it’s not such a good idea for adults to behave that way simply because of what others might think.
So when you’re hypnotized, suggestions for doing things that simply make you look silly might work with you. On the other hand, if you’re diametrically opposed to it, such a suggestion might just bring you out of your trance instead.
There is nothing about hypnotism to be afraid of
These answers are the truth about hypnosis. Hypnosis isn’t magic. It doesn’t put you to sleep and you can not be hypnotized against your will. Finally, a hypnotist cannot make you do even one thing you really don’t want to do. So if you have wanted to try hypnosis, but were a little afraid because of one of these myths, go ahead and give it a try. The truth about hypnosis is that it has helped millions of people transform their lives. It can do the same for you.
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Wil Dieck is the founder and the leading authority on the use of Total Mind Therapy in helping people rewire their minds for success. If you are interested in learning more about hypnotism, NLP or Total Mind Therapy give Wil a call at (619) 293-3255 today.