Common Misconceptions About Hypnosis

9 Feb

I can be made to do things I do not want under hypnosis.

Hypnosis is simply an altered state of consciousness. Under hypnosis, the conscious mind is temporarily subverted, but it is still active. The hypnotherapist cannot force anyone to do anything they would not normally do in their conscious, waking state. Many people point to the antics of entertainment hypnotists who implant suggestions that encourage hypnotized subjects to act in silly and embarrassing ways. In addition, movies and television shows have been known to promulgate the myth that people can be forced to act in opposition to their moral beliefs under hypnosis. None of these portrayals depict the true nature of hypnotherapy.

The serious, professional hypnotherapist appreciates the therapeutic benefits of hypnosis, and would never consider causing their client harm. It is against our code of ethics. Instead, we work to enhance the lives of our clients through hypnosis by mitigating fears, transforming harmful habits, and developing talents and skills that are desired by our clientele.

Not everyone can be hypnotized.

Because hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, every person with a working cognitive ability can be hypnotized. You are hypnotized several times a day without even knowing it. If you are deep in thought, watching a television program, or participating in an activity that focuses your attention to the exclusion of all other awareness, you are in a state of hypnosis.

There are obstacles to deep hypnosis for some people. Those with an analytical mind, or who have a resistance to deep relaxation, may have some trouble being hypnotized. The skilled hypnotherapist can overcome these instances of resistance and allow the client to enjoy a successful hypnosis session. Occasionally, the prospective client may not actually want to change their behavior, and this may cause them to resist hypnosis. A comprehensive interview before a hypnosis session will usually make this opposition apparent, and the experienced hypnotherapist will know which techniques to use to overcome them.

Hypnosis is dangerous.

Hypnosis is a safe and effective way to address subconscious patterns that cause unwanted behaviors. In a deeply relaxed state, the conscious mind can be overcome momentarily so that the source of the fears and unwanted behaviors can be detected. Through hypnotic and post-hypnotic suggestions agreed upon by the client before the sessions starts, the client can be given the impetus to change behaviors that are holding them back from living their best lives. Again, the hypnotherapist can not force anyone to do anything they do not want to do, or that is contrary to their moral code.

On occasion, the client will become so relaxed that they may resist coming out of hypnosis. A skilled hypnotherapist has techniques to overcome that resistance. It should be disclosed that the client could remain in a light level of hypnosis up to 48 hours after the session. This light level of trance does not prevent the client from functioning normally throughout the day.

In summary.

Hypnosis has been misunderstood and even vilified for centuries. Popular notions about hypnosis promulgated through literature and drama have led to misconceptions that prevent people from gaining the benefits of life enhancement available through this modality. In some cases, hypnosis can be even more effective than other types of therapy because hypnotherapy goes right to the root of the problem and convinces the subconscious to make the changes that the client wishes to experience.

Hypnosis should be the preferred way to change habits and enhance skills. With little effort on the part of the client, their life can be improved by simply relaxing and allowing the subconscious mind to do all the work. Hypnosis is safe and effective, and in many cases enjoyable. It mimics a vacation for the mind, allowing the conscious mind to take a break from worry and effort, while the body enjoys muscle relaxation and restful repose. It is certainly a modality to consider when you want to make changes that will enhance your life.

How do I make an appointment with Patricia Vargas, Certified Hypnotherapist?

To make an appointment, call or text me at (209) 380-0610, email me at, or leave a comment below.

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