Television and Cinema has lent a completely different understanding about the true nature of hypnosis. The over-dramatic portrayals of hypnotic techniques and even of the healing procedure of Reiki has misguided more than being informative. Hypnosis is essentially based on psychological knowledge and general understanding of people’s psyche. The following list busts top five myths related to hypnosis:
- The link between mental weakness and vulnerability to Hypnotism:
Perhaps the biggest taboo surrounding the art of Hypnotism is the fact that those who are mentally and emotionally susceptible are more likely to get hypnotized. Hypnosis, which is induced hallucination is difficult to achieve by those who are not strong-willed. It is because this technique requires immense level of concentration for a willing subject to enter a state of trance.
- Hypnosis will make you reveal truths about yourself:
It’s totally a myth that entering into a trance will make you give out truths about yourself, which otherwise you would prefer not to reveal. As stated before, that for the mentally and emotionally weak, it’s difficult to get hypnotized. When mentally sound people are induced to this state they can unravel their unconscious and sub-conscious and be very selective about what to reveal and what to hold back. In fact, hypnosis has seen some of the most creative lies being spun.
- A hypnotists is always extravagant:
Seriously, get over those exaggerated portrayals of hypnotists and healers on screen, wearing fancy costumes, speaking in a sing-song manner and talking about every weird thing under the sun. A professional and experienced hypnotist will be anything but the fancy clown. Furthermore, different people require a different approach for hypnosis, which calls for certain amount of scientific knowledge.
- Hypnosis will induce amnesia:
Barring a small percentage of subject, who are able to penetrate deeper levels of trance, not everyone will lose consciousness and forget all that has been said and done. In fact, most people remember the questions asked by the therapist, have a virtual memory of the process with slight exceptions. In no way would you be sleeping during hypnosis.
- You have never been hypnotized before:
Welcome to the sweet pain of realizing that even though you have never visited a hypnotist, there have been several instances in life when you were experiencing mild state of trance. Everyday before falling asleep and waking up, a light state of hypnosis is experienced. If you have found yourself transported to some other world while amid your friends between a discussion, you were into ‘what we call’, a ‘state of trance’.