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10 Common Myths About Hypnosis!

By Edited Jun 16, 2015 0 0

Hypnosis is a cooperative interaction in which the participant responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist (the person who performs the act of hypnosis). This is associated with various myths, making this valuable tool distant from the public. Hypnosis is a gate-way to the infinite subconscious mind through which, the beliefs, ideas and desires of an individual can be modified in a positive, constructive manner. This has many implications in development of the personality, training and competing in sports, preparing and performing in exams, achieving goals and even treating patients. In this article, we address some common myths held by the society regarding hypnosis as an attempt to warrant the safety of the practice of hypnosis.

Hypnosis - is it real??

Ten Common Myths Held by the Society Regarding Hypnosis

1. A person can be hypnotized against his or her own will

2. Only those with a weak mind can be hypnotized

3. An individual looses the control of the body while on hypnosis

4. Through hypnosis one can achieve super-normal physical abilities

5. Hypnosis can be used to retrieve secrets

6. The subject does not remember anything when woken up from hypnosis

7. Hypnosis can lead to psychiatric illness

8. Hypnosis can be harmful if awakened in the middle of the session

9. Hypnosis makes an individual incapable of facing a physical threat occurring in the middle of the session

10. Hypnosis is dangerous to practice on your own

A person can be hypnotized against his or her own will

1. A person can be hypnotized against his or her own will

This myth is mostly popularized by the media and movies. Hypnosis is a state of mind achieved through concentrating on some element (physical object, sound, etc.). This cannot be achieved without a good co-operation by the subject who is being hypnotized. So, it is not possible to hypnotize any one without own will.

Only those with a weak mind can be hypnotized

2. Only those with a weak mind can be hypnotized

It is possible to hypnotize any subject with a sound mind, though the responsiveness to the hypnotic suggestions may vary in each individual. Some individuals may go into the hypnotic state very quickly, while others may take several minutes at the initial stages of hypnosis. But, with practice, they also tend to improve and get hypnotized quickly in later sessions. It is said that, it is very difficult to hypnotize 10% of the population as they are unable to concentrate on a particular element or a task. However, almost all the professionals and academics are not included in this 10% as they have the ability to concentrate well for a long period of time.

Only weak people can be hypnotized???

3. An individual looses the control of the body while on hypnosis

Hypnosis is an extremely higher state of concentration in the mind. In addition, it may involve relaxation of the body during hypnosis. But, the control of the body is never lost. This myth is seeded and exaggerated by movies, though in the real picture, the subject has the full potential to control his or her own body. It is not possible for a person to be hypnotized and given instructions to perform certain tasks which the person would not perform if he or she was awake. This is because the subject is fully awake during hypnosis. Only the mind is more focused than a normal awakened state.

 

An individual looses the control of the body while on hypnosis

4. Through hypnosis one can achieve super-normal physical abilities

This is again another false belief. Hypnosis can enhance training and the performance in a particular sport and can be used very effectively in that regard. But, it cannot over-ride the physical limits of an individual (i.e. – hypnosis cannot make a weak individual a strong rugby player in one session, though can implant the urge to train, exercise and develop into a good rugby player over a period of time).

Through hypnosis one can achieve super-normal physical abilities

5. Hypnosis can be used to retrieve secrets

While on hypnosis, the control of the mind is entirely governed by the subject. The hypnotist only gives some suggestions into the subconscious mind. Therefore, hypnosis cannot be used to retrieve any information the subject is not willing to share with others. However, certain drugs have the ability to loosen the control of the mind and are used to retrieve sensitive information (e.g. – war secrets). Hypnosis is carried out with the total involvement of the subject making this impossible.

Hypnosis can be used to retrieve secrets

6. The subject does not remember anything when woken up from hypnosis

Hypnosis is carried out in a complete awake state of mind. In addition, the mind is tuned to a better state of calmness and concentration. So, the subject actually tends to remember the words which had been spoken, even better than while the subject is awake.

The subject does not remember anything when woken up from hypnosis

7. Hypnosis can lead to psychiatric illness

Hypnosis is a tool used by psychiatrists and therapists to cure certain psychiatric and psychological disorders. Hypnosis brings about a calm state of mind with a higher level of concentration. This therefore increases certain neurotransmitters in the brain (noradrenaline, serotonine), the lack of which are the molecular cause of many psychiatric illnesses such as depression.

Hypnosis can lead to psychiatric illness

8. Hypnosis can be harmful if awakened in the middle of the session

The state of mind is tuned from β state to the calm θ state during hypnosis. This is a process which occurs naturally during sleep. Sudden awakening in the middle of a session brings the state back to the β state. This happens quite commonly when awakened suddenly while being asleep. Even if the subject is awakened while he is being given a suggestion, it can be continued in a subsequent session. The subconscious mind unlike the conscious mind receives ideas rather than words. The suggestion can also be delivered from the beginning in the next session to make it more effective.

Hypnosis can be harmful if awakened in the middle of the session??

9. Hypnosis makes an individual incapable of facing a physical threat occurring in the middle of the session

As described with the myth number 3, hypnosis is a state of mind. The body is relaxed to facilitate the enhanced concentration and calmness of the mind. However, the brain and body are not dissociated and it is always possible to recognize and react to any physical threat occurring in the middle of hypnosis. So, it is not possible to send a subject to a cataplexy like state with hypnosis and cause physical harm.

Hypnosis makes an individual incapable of facing a physical threat occurring in the middle of the session??

10. Hypnosis is dangerous to practice on your own

Hypnosis is not dangerous but is rather a bit difficult to practice on own at the beginning. However, to overcome this difficulty, additional methods of relaxation (such as music proven to induce theta frequency) can be used. Such music tracks are widely available to be purchased and even freely downloaded from the internet (e.g. – Dr.Jeffery Thompson’s CDs). There are also sound tracks with spoken hypnosis sessions (e.g. – BrainSync. Co).

Hypnosis is dangerous to practice on your own??

This was an attempt to clear some common myths and doubts regarding hypnosis, to promote individuals to learn and practice this valuable skill. We hope this would encourage the readers to search for purchasable as well as freely available multimedia, to learn the techniques to improve the physical as well as the mental health, positive thoughts and the quality of life.

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