This question, along with, “Is hypnosis fake,” is a question that is constantly asked of me online and offline. The process of hypnosis is as real as the process of dreaming each night. People question what they don’t understand, so it’s no surprise that the effectiveness of hypnosis is constantly debated. You know dreaming to be true because you’ve had personal experiences with it. Likewise, hypnosis is a phenomenon that most people have to experience in order to believe that it really works.
As a clinical hypnotist myself, all I can do is try to help people who have never experienced hypnosis understand what hypnosis is and what it isn’t. Here are some common misconceptions about hypnosis. Remember, these are all false representations of what hypnosis is and what it does:
- Hypnosis is NOT a form of magic or alchemy like you see in movies, tv shows and cartoons. Forget the image of a goofy hypnotist using a pocket watch to put you under his spell.
- Hypnosis is NOT a form of mind control. Under hypnosis you will NOT follow any suggestions that go against your core principals and beliefs.
- Hypnosis is NOT reserved for pushovers, mentally weak and/or gullible individuals. To the contrary, hypnosis works better with highly intelligent, creative and attentive individuals.
- Hypnosis does NOT cause amnesia. Under hypnosis you will know what is going on around you at all times. Despite the highly-relaxed state hypnosis brings, you will remember what transpired while under hypnosis.
Does hypnosis really work? See for yourself and be the judge. Click on the YouTube link above to see an example of real hypnosis at work. The staff at the Huffington Post were skeptical at first and by the end of our session, they described the experience of hypnosis as “incredible.”