Saturday, March 26, 2011

Dispelling the 3 Main Fears Associated With Hypnosis And Self-Hypnosis

I’ve been getting many questions from my readers wondering if all this talk about hypnosis is actually legit. There is certainly a buzz going around right now about all the benefits of hypnosis and all the great things that hypnosis and self-hypnosis supposedly can do.

Supposedly. Possibly. But ...

But what are the risks and dangers with hypnosis? There’s lots of uncertainty and fear surrounding hypnosis ... and more specifically ... self-hypnosis.

Some of the fears and questions I’ve been hearing are: 

  • “I’m not sure that hypnosis is safe!” 
  • “Is it going to cause me to lose control? 
  • “Am I going to be ‘under the power’ of the hypnotherapist?“ 
  • “Am I going to get lost in a trance and not be able to come out?” 
Movies and stage shows have done a great job at creating these fears ... but in reality, nothing could be father from the truth.

So let’s address these fears:

1.  Is hypnosis safe? 
Yes - hypnosis is perfectly safe. Here's the scoop: the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association have approved hypnotherapy for use by professionally responsible individuals. The British Medical Association adopted hypnosis as a viable therapeutic tool in 1958.

2. Am I going to lose control and be ‘under the power’ of the hypnotherapist?
No - you will not lose control. You won't do anything in a hypnotic state that you would not find acceptable in your normal awake state.

In clinical hypnosis, you will be aware of what is going on and you will find you actually feel you have more control over yourself. The hypnosis is simply increasing your ability to communicate with yourself.

''Hypnosis is not mind control. It's a naturally occurring state of concentration; it's actually a means of enhancing your control over both your mind and your body.''
     Dr. David Spiegel, Assoc. Chair of Psychiatry
     Stanford University School of Medicine 

Self-hypnosis teaches you to go into this state willfully, under your own control, where you can make amazing changes from within.

3.  Am I going to get lost in a hypnotic trace? 
No you will not get lost in the trance. You are fully able to come out when you’re ready.

Actually, you go into hypnotic trances every day ... naturally ... and come out naturally. For example, when you drive a long distance, you may find that miles and time seem to evaporate, and suddenly you're at your destination. Or you may get wrapped up in a project at work, and suddenly realize that you should have been somewhere an hour ago.

While under hypnosis you have greater awareness than when you are fully awake and you retain all the power to select what you want to say or do. You are fully in control. You can come out of the trance whenever you decide that you’re ready.

So I ask you this ... Now that we understand that the common fears associated with hypnosis are in fact just fears and not reality, what are you going to be about it? What if it just might work for you?

Hypnosis can be used to successfully reduce pain and anxiety, to overcome fears and phobias, to aid in weight control and smoking cessation, to address particular medical issues, and in various other ways.

What if hypnosis can help you as it has helped so many others?

What if you give self- hypnosis a try? What if it just might work for you too? What if?