Hypnotherapy FACTS 1/2
In today’s post I wanted to provide you all with the actual facts of hypnotherapy.
There are so many misconceptions out there beginning with the ‘fact’ that it’s done by a man with a gold watch on a chain and he will make you cluck like a chicken or moo like a cow. Supposedly, it is a form of mind control and you will be forced to do things against your will. This, alongside the belief that because it is THERAPY it is only useful for people with mental health problems, are among the most common thoughts. None of these are true.
In this post I will be giving you the difference between stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy for you to gain a better understanding of how hypnotherapy really works. In the following post I will also be discrediting the misconceptions around hypnotherapy. By doing so I will provide you with some insight into what the actual methods used are and what the amazing, wide applications of hypnotherapy are. I’ll also let you in on how my first ever experience of hypnotherapy went when I decided to become a guinea pig to trial hypnotherapy for you all!
First thing’s first.
I’m sure you have a particular image that comes to mind when you think of hypnotherapy. A man, with a golden watch perhaps? In front of a live audience asking for members of the audience to volunteer to be hypnotised and perform particular tasks. This is in fact Stage Hypnosis. It is defined as hypnosis for entertainment reasons performed in the street, a television studio, theatre or a bar – all in front of a live audience. Whereas hypnotherapy is a type of therapy using hypnosis techniques to overcome problems or difficulties people have e.g. anxiety, depression, phobias, bad habits etc. It complements and in no way replaces western medical practises.
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. We all have a conscious and unconscious mind, with a filter protecting our unconscious mind from suggestions. These suggestions may be against our faiths, beliefs, morals or understanding. The filter is called our Critical Factor. In a light hypnotic state you are still consciously aware and alert. Here, the Critical Factor comes down to allow positive/therapeutic suggestions to be given to and accepted by your unconscious mind. Suggestions are made such as “you are a non-smoker and will remain so for the rest of your life, you will never smoke” or ” you are feeling positive, calm and relaxed, you are feeling really good” etc. depending on what you require.
There is only a handful of people who cannot undergo hypnotherapy. This includes people who are drunk or under the influence of illegal substances. People who have a very low IQ will not be able to understand or follow the hypnotherapist’s suggestions so a hypnotherapy session would not be successful in this case. Similarly, those who do not speak the same language as the hypnotherapist will be in the same predicament, hence cannot undergo hypnotherapy successfully. Most importantly, those who are not willing to be hypnotised cannot be.