Fact or Fiction: The Truth About Hypnosis
By Karl Moore
Hypnosis is a powerful word that means many different things to many different people. For some, they just think of Hollywood movies, and Zombie-like trances. For others, they think of famed applications, such as stopping smoking or losing weight. But hypnosis has been accredited by the American Medical Association for use in hospitals since 1958, and it's strength and popularity continue to grow. Not a week goes by without some new research study showing the effectiveness of hypnosis.
In this article, I look at the most common myths surrounding hypnosis — and the truth behind them. So, let's dive straight in...
- "Hypnotists have special powers!"
Afraid not — although all those old Hollywood movies would have us believe otherwise. Hypnotists don't have any special powers. They simply have the knowledge and experience to help induce a deep state of relaxation, and deliver the right kind of message to your inner mind. 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 facilitates the process.
- "Hypnosis only works on weak-minded people!"
Wrong way round! It's actually those who can focus and have a more creative mind that get the best results with hypnosis. That's because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You're not being influenced by someone else. You're actually guiding yourself. And those people with greater focus and imagination get much more powerful results with that process. In an article for Psychology Today, Dr Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D wrote an article titled 'The Power of Hypnosis', in which she noted 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!"
Totally untrue. Your personal values and beliefs always remain intact during hypnosis. With hypnosis, you simply allow yourself to enter into a state of heightened suggestion. At that point, you can 'reprogram' your thinking patterns. You're the active 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.
- "You can get stuck in a hypnotic state and never wake up!" You can absolutely never get stuck in any form 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. Usually that will be at the end of the session, when guided to do so by the hypnotherapist.
- "Hypnosis is an occult practice! And it's against my religion!"
Hypnosis is not an occult, and doesn't go against any religion at all. Hypnosis is simply a safe and natural method of relaxing your mind, and feeding yourself with positive affirmations and ideas. Hypnosis is a branch of psychology, and has absolutely zero connection to any religion whatsoever.
- "Hypnosis isn't really effective at changing anything!"
Another myth. There have been countless studies that have proved the efficacy of hypnosis in a wide variety of settings. Hypnosis was approved for medical use in 1958 by the American Medical Association, and almost all modern hospitals now utilize hypnosis to some degree. It has a reported 90.6% success rate in stopping smoking (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 improvement up to six years later (American Psychological Association).
It has also been proven to dramatically reduce migraines, speed up recovery from surgery, reduce the intensity of pain, help overcome 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 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 fears and phobias, lose weight, stop smoking, improve brainpower, and much more. A research study by American Health Magazine found hypnosis to be more effective than other forms of self-change, such as behaviour therapy and psychoanalysis. It reports that hypnosis had a 93% success rate after just 6 sessions — compared to behaviour therapy with 73% after 22 sessions, and psychoanalysis with 38% after 600 sessions.
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Hypnosis can be an incredibly powerful tool for changing your life. You see the posters everywhere: "Lose weight with hypnosis!", "Stop smoking with hypnosis!" But who really has the time or money to attend weekly sessions with a hypnotherapist? Not to mention the potential embarrassment of the whole experience?
Thankfully there is a solution. And it goes by the name of Hypnosis Live.
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Unlike most hypnotherapists, the Hypnosis Live site caters for over 200 different uses for hypnosis - covering everything from a fear of injections to improving your singing skills.
One of the first things you notice from the site is that it's incredibly well presented and easy to navigate. The hypnosis sessions are divided into categories - Adult (e.g., 'Libido Boost'), Emotions (e.g., 'Dissolve Anger'), Fear/Worry/Anxe.g.ty (e.g., 'Fear of Spiders'), Health (e.g., 'Stop Smoking'), Body Improvement (e.g., 'Improve Your Posture'), Mental Skills (e.g., 'Sharper Thinking'), Mindset (e.g., 'Self-Esteem Booster'), Self Growth (e.g., 'Positive Thinking'), and Personal Improvement (e.g., 'Overcome Stage Fright').
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The whole experience lasts around 40 minutes. It starts with a little conversation, which helps you relax into a deep state of awareness. It feels incredibly relaxing. Then the hypnotherapist — in a conversational tone — helps to "reprogram" your mind for optimal success in whichever area you need some help. Combining both hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) techniques, the sessions help to rewire the way you think about yourself, and after the session you instantly feel the benefits.
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