Hypnosis is a special, altered state of consciousness. The impact of this kind has been known for more than 3 thousand years. Today it is studied scientifically, but there is still no complete understanding of this phenomenon. Ordinary people are simply afraid of hypnosis. After all, he is fraught with loss of control, and the person can become only a toy in the hands of someone else’s.

However, you should not confuse such a state with hypnotic. For us, hypnosis is an element of a circus performance. Therefore, the participants there are usually prepared in advance, and the effect is as impressive as possible. But it is precisely such scenes that generate myths about hypnosis, which prevent people from correctly assessing this phenomenon and deny the benefits of hypnotherapy.


In hypnosis, people lose consciousness and then do not remember anything.

In fact, most participants in such experiments remember everything that happened to them. After all, almost everything an expert wants to achieve under hypnosis is carried out in a shallow trance state, in which people remember everything. And in hypnosis the patient is not controlled by a hypnotherapist, this person simply helps. If a person forgets everything that happened to him, memories usually come back later. After all, the memory is in the hypnotized person in the unconscious state. And the essence of experience is usually that the subject remember everything that happened to him.

Hypnotherapists have a special power.

Known are the statements of the famous specialist of this kind Friedrich Anton Mesmer (1734-1815). He believed that he and his colleagues have some kind of hidden power that allows people to be placed in a state of trance. But already at the beginning of the XIX century it became clear that there was no outside power, its source was the man himself. The hypnotherapist can use some methods to trigger trance states, but the hypnotic state is answered by the person himself. Numerous studies have shown that the hypnotherapist has virtually no effect on the possibility of immersion in a particular state and its depth. That’s why hypnotherapy, like hypnosis, is easy to learn. Professional professionals, of course, use some of their professional methods, which allows people to help in achieving the necessary state. But these are working skills, after all, among the sellers and cooks there are their best representatives.

After the introduction into the trance man is governed by a hypnotherapist.

This idea, according to which a person is controlled by someone from outside, is part of a show or a spectacular movie. In fact, a dishonest expert can deceive someone in an unconscious state by stepping over his beliefs, just like other scammers who are not even familiar with hypnosis. However, usually the desire to clearly express something clearly in a clear voice or to give a directional task will result in the subject either ignoring the order or becoming extremely attentive to the words of an outsider.


Hypnosis is an unusual and strange state.

Actually, there is nothing unusual in hypnosis. In such states we enter independently, we simply do not realize this or we do not know how to use this situation. It can be watching TV, traveling in the subway or by car. In this case, we are between sleep and wakefulness, our state is neither active nor sleepy. It is like hypnosis. Some people believe that they were not hypnotized, because they did not experience new sensations. But not always the changed state involves unusual memories.

Hypnosis awakens in a man of superpower.

In fact, such a statement can not be considered a very myth. After all, one of the goals of hypnosis is just the implementation of some things, to which in the ordinary state a person is simply incapable. But this is always something we could do in the ordinary state, just not so easy and effective. Hypnosis allows you to activate those parts of the brain, which under normal conditions are little used, are used inefficiently or even disabled.This allows us to take a different look at ordinary things, which from the outside may seem like a demonstration of some kind of super-abilities. They seem to be something unusual, which can not be known by our usual feelings. In fact, this is the usual sensory perception, which worked in conditions of high concentration of attention.

Hypnosis is an occult science, so it is better for believers to stay away from it.

Such a myth is easy to explain. The hypnotherapist himself allegedly receives control over the person and his free will. But it was given to him by God, and, as it seems, some special, otherworldly secret knowledge and forces are used for this. But as already stated, it is proved that the hypnotic state is natural. Any person has such an innate feature that has nothing to do with mysterious knowledge or evil forces. Such a state does not in any way suppress our free will and does not put people under alien control. Most religions generally quite calmly treat hypnosis, if it is used in ethical issues. For example, the Roman Catholic Church has officially expressed this position since 1847. Of course, this church is not an authority for all of us, especially for those who are initially skeptical of hypnosis. It is worth mentioning that trances have long been used by shamans and other traditional healers, so hypnosis can be considered truly pagan. But after all, in many methods of treatment and religious directions, trance states are also used, and they are also caused exactly. So pagan one can in one way or another consider all forms of human behavior or methods of treatment. Hypnotherapy is a natural technique for humans, which does not carry any hidden antireligiousness.

No one can prove the effectiveness of hypnosis and its therapeutic effects.

Some skeptics call hypnosis just an alternative method of treatment, but this claim is unsubstantiated. But in favor of hypnosis speak the results of scanning the brain. They clearly showed that after hypnotherapy there is an improvement in brain activity.

A person can stay in a state of hypnosis forever.

An ordinary person can not be in a state of hypnosis more than he is in a dream or in a waking state. After all, this is the most natural state, which naturally changes to another after a certain time. In practice, most specialists artificially interrupt the trances of their clients. But if this did not happen, then a person would either go into normal sleep over time, or return to normal activity.

Many people do not lend themselves to hypnosis at all.

We must understand that hypnosis is a natural state of man, his innate feature. Therefore, anyone who is able to understand simple instructions and concentrate, can be hypnotized. It is also important that a person trusts his hypnotherapist, and he used a suitable technique for this particular case. In practice, it turns out that not all specialists can hypnotize their patients, some fall into a trance easier than others. This gave birth to this myth, but in this case the fault lies with the hypnotherapists themselves. It should also be remembered that hypnosis is one of the characteristics of a person. So it turns out that some of us are better off entering the trance state than others. But it can be used in scientific research, not in treatment. After all, most of the hypnotherapy does not depend on the depth of the patient’s trance. An exception in this case is pain control. Then it is really necessary to achieve a deeper trance to ensure the effectiveness of the technique. This reason is quite important, it explains the advantage of chemical anesthesia for the patient in surgery before the hypnotic. The point is not that an operation under anesthesia is difficult and impractical from a practical point of view.Just not everyone can put the patient into the required deep hypnotic state.


It’s easier to hypnotize people with a weak will.

Such a myth was adopted at a time when hypnosis was considered something authoritarian, with command notes. Then in this state gave the person clear orders. However, it turned out that many people did not succumb to such methods. Then there was a modern, nondirective technique using Ericksonian hypnosis. Now it is believed that the power of desire has nothing to do with how easily and effectively a person can be hypnotized. So an intelligent patient who has developed imaginative thinking and is able to concentrate well, can enter into the hypnotic state more easily. And open-mindedness to hypnosis and this kind of therapy has nothing to do with weak will.

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