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Becca Scott   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Is Hypnosis Harmful? - Saying Goodbye to the Myths That Surround the PracticeHypnosis may be an alternative therapy you're interested in trying but you've heard the myths that surround the practice and so you hesitate. The question you would like to have answered is a simple one - is hypnosis harmful or not?

There are many misconceptions swirling around in society and in the media about hypnosis. Separating what is true from what is not isn't always easy.

You are in control of you

The truth of the matter is that no one is in control of your mind but you. The state of being hypnotized allows you a greater sense of control over your mind and body. You are conscious during a hypnosis session and well aware of what the hypnotherapist is communicating to you. Hypnosis is done to help you as opposed to hinder you.

Therapeutic hypnosis is not what you see at a hypnosis stage show. That is just for entertainment value and nothing more! A real hypnosis session must be conducted in a professional setting under the guidance of a trained hypnotist who knows exactly what they're doing.

The goal of hypnosis is to help you to cope better with an area of your life that is causing you problems.

For example, a hypnotherapist can help you deal with a bad habit and can help you develop better coping mechanisms. Hypnosis can help you to quit smoking, lose weight, cope with phobias and develop more self-confidence.

These types of problems are common to many people who seek out hypnosis and don't normally require deep hypnosis.

Mind control is a myth

Mind control and hypnosis do not go together. That is a contrived concept for Hollywood movies.

Your brain will still be your brain after a hypnosis session - only healthier and better. Hypnosis is a successful tool that can empower a person to live a more satisfying and rewarding life.

Hypnosis is very soothing and peaceful to the body and the mind. If you have never been hypnotized before then stop right now and be still. Close your eyes. Pay close attention to how your body feels as you allow your muscles to relax. Some individuals describe the hypnotic state as one of feeling light and buoyant while others describe it as feeling heavier physically but still peaceful.

Patients of the therapy often talk about feeling very comfortable, calm and serene during the session. With the help of the hypnotist, you can learn how to take the way you feel during your hypnosis sessions, and make it a part of your day-to-day life.

Hypnosis is not for everyone

Have you ever heard it said that not everyone can be hypnotized? Or perhaps you have heard it said that only the weakest of minds can fall under the spell of hypnosis?

If yes then you need to dispel those myths right away.

First of all, there is no spell about it. Hypnosis is not a form of magic. It is a legitimate alternative therapy. Secondly, everyone has the ability to be hypnotized. But if somebody doesn't believe they can be hypnotized then chances are they're correct. You have to be willing to be hypnotized otherwise it's an uphill battle for you and the hypnotist.

It is also important to find a qualified hypnotherapist whom you feel comfortable talking with.

And what of the weak minded notion? Nothing could be further than the truth. It's a smart person with a strong will that seeks out hypnosis because they value the quality of their lives.

Now that you are armed with the facts, answering the question - is hypnosis harmful? - should not be difficult at all. It is not harmful but the myths surrounding it most definitely are.

Becca Scott writes extensively about hypnosis and alternative health topics. Becca is currently focused on the smoking cessation industry and you can read the good, the bad, and ugly at her blog at

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