Hypnotherapy and some misconceptions
Will I be asleep?
No, when you’re in hypnosis you aren’t asleep. You may look like you’re asleep, and sometimes you may even think you are asleep, but you are merely deeply relaxed, and if you need to get up and leave you will do so.
There is no such thing as a hypnotised feeling
- you don’t black out
- you do hear and see things better (your thoughts are focused on listening)
- Your memory is fine
- You retain free will - you can get up at any time!
- You are in control
Anyone can be hypnotised if they want to be. You can’t be made to do anything you do not want to; anything that is harmful to yourself or to others. Any suggestions against your morals, for example, telling secrets that you don’t want to tell or giving money or goods away. The hypnotist is the guide but you are in control.
Hypnosis ends when you want it to, and this is why you can never be left under hypnosis. You merely follow the hypnotists simple suggestions and think, ‘I like that suggestion and it will work for me‘. This has to be for the relationship to work. So that’s hypnosis, nothing weird or supernatural, the suggestions are no more than you would accept from a friend recommending a good restaurant.
There is nothing power seeking about the way I practice.
No looking into eyes, rapid induction ‘sleep’ and clicking fingers etc.
No inappropriate or silly suggestions.
Historically hypnosis has been around for thousands of years, and derives its name from the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos. As an aid to good health it was first discovered in India where people used to take their sick friends and relatives to ‘sleep temples’.
Here they experienced a kind of hypnotic induction inducing a sleep like state ……. They were then cured by hypnotic suggestion. This practice was also discovered at around the same time in Greece and Egypt, so it had traversed the seas which endorses its acceptance and earned it a place within communities of that time.
Today, the uses for hypnotherapy are many and varied. Hypnosis is used in childbirth reducing the amount of pain and time spent in labour. Also pre and post operative surgery and dentistry. There is much research still being carried out in the field of Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis that seeks to establish efficacy of this therapeutic means. It has shown that when hypnosis is included in the treatment process, the benefits are generally increased (Kirsch, Montgomery and Sapirstein, 1995; Lynn et al., 2000: Schoenberger 2000 in Yapko 2003: p9).