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Myths About Hypnosis

Are the Myths true

From the beginning, hypnotherapy has been surrounded by myths that have helped to turn it into a mysterious and sometimes fearful topic. Most of these myths have been debunked by now, but some still persist. Below is a list of some of the more common myths surrounding hypnosis.

Will I lose control

Your subconscious mind will not act upon any suggestions that would violate your ethical and moral codes.  The client is always in control. Hypnosis is not something that is done to us and the hypnotist is not in control of the client. Rather than being out of control the client actually has greater control over their own mind and actions. Hypnosis continues only if the client is in agreement with what is being said and done. If the client is not in agreement, they will automatically come out of the hypnotic state.

Will I reveal my secrets

It will not happen unless you choose to reveal them.  In a hypnotic state, your subconscious mind will protect your secrets unless you choose to tell them.  In fact, clients can lie while in hypnosis and may do so if they think that the truth puts them at any kind of risk. This is why statements made in hypnosis are not used in a court of law.

Can I get lost in trance

No, it will not happen. Although it is true that the hypnotic state is so pleasant that many clients want to spend more time there, the client is always capable of coming out of the hypnotic state whenever they want to return to the fully aware state. Even if you were to drift off to sleep, you would simply wake up just like you would from a nap.

Can you make me do something against my will

Your subconscious mind is very protective of you and would not accept any suggestions that would be harmful to you, that you morally disagree with or which would cause you significant embarrassment. For some people, the only thing they have seen on hypnosis is a stage performance. Stage hypnotists choose people who will give them the best performance and are usually extreme extraverts who would not be greatly embarrassed by doing silly things on stage. You will never be asked to do anything in hypnosis that you would object to participating in as you are in complete control of your session.

Is hypnosis safe

Yes. Hypnosis is a simple, natural state of mind that offers you the opportunity to access and program the powerful subconscious level of your mind. You verbally participate in the process. You say only what you want to say and you remember what is important to remember.



Hypnotherapy is an educational and self-improvement process that facilitates access to a person's internal resources to assist him/her in solving problems, increasing motivation, or altering behavior patterns to create positive change.

Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for medical treatment or psychotherapy. Barbara Stafford does not practice medicine or psychotherapy and her services are not a replacement for counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric or medical treatment. No service or product provided is intended to diagnose or treat any disease or illness, psychological or mental health condition. Medical support hypnotherapy is used only as an adjunct to conventional medical treatment. Consultation with a licensed physician is required before medical support hypnotherapy services are provided.

Hypnotherapy is a proven, adjunctive method to complement such ongoing treatment and care. Because hypnosis and hypnotherapy are a series of self-help skills and their effectiveness depends on the client, no guarantee can be made regarding results of their use.