1. HYPNOTHERAPISTS CAN CONTROL YOUR MIND
Firstly, hypnosis is not mind control! Hypnosis is an altered state of mind, rather like daydreaming or driving in 'auto-pilot' where you are fully in control at all times. During a session of hypnotherapy the hypnotists will make suggestions which you a free to accept or reject. Clinical hypnosis uses psychological techniques to assist with removing unwanted behaviours and promoting personal development. E.g. smoking cessation, anxiety, confidence, stress, pain control, insomnia and much more.
2. THE HYPNOTHERAPIST WILL MAKE ME ACT LIKE A CHICKEN
This myth stems from seeing TV/stage hypnotists with their pocket watches. The reason stage hypnotists make people act like a chicken is because they carefully select their volunteers who are more open to accepting suggestions to perform a role to entertain others.
3. HYPNOTHERAPY IS MAGIC
Everyone's perception is different. However, what is actually happening is the hypnotist is communicating with the subconscious mind to facilitate change quickly and easily.
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change throughout an individuals life. Many aspects of the brain can be altered, even throughout adulthood.
4. YOU MAY BE IN STUCK IN HYPNOSIS
Hypnosis is a natural state. We drift in and out of hypnosis throughout the day. Everyone has the ability to take themselves out of this hypnotic state. It can be as simple as just opening the eyes or becoming more aware of our surroundings.
5. ONLY THE "WEAK" CAN BE HYPNOTISED
Not everyone can be hypnotised but most people can achieve some level of hypnotic trace. Imagine watching your favourite program and being so absorbed that you do not hear the kids screaming at each other. The question should be "do you want to be hypnotised"? If you do, you can. If you do not, you can't.
6. WHAT IF I DO NOT REMEMBER ANYTHING FROM THE SESSION?
During hypnosis it is normal for the mind to wander. There are times you may be aware of whats being said and times where you may not. It is normal to come away from a session without remembering absolutely everything. The sessions are designed to ensure the pertinent points are repeated.