Hypnosis Myths


What happens:

During a typical hypnosis session, there is an induction, deepening, clinical suggestions, and finally you are re-alerted. The exact nature of the process will be reviewed with you before the hypnosis session. You remain aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surrounding and you can end the experience whenever you choose. The session is recorded and you are given a copy of the hypnosis session to practice at home. You are typically asked to practice it daily for two to four weeks.

I will lose control:

Hypnosis is not something done to you. Hypnosis is something done with you. In order for hypnosis to work, you must fully participate. Veronica cannot hypnotize you, if you do not wish to experience it. As well, Veronica can only guide you to the depth of trance that you will allow. You control the whole process! You remain aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surrounding throughout the session, and can come out of hypnosis whenever you choose.

I am not hypnotizable:

If you resist hypnosis, you will not benefit from it. Everyone has the ability to be hypnotized to varying degrees, some initially mild, some moderate, while others attain a deep trance during their first session. With practice, everyone can deepen their trance to varying upper limits.

I will do or say something humiliating:

The exact nature of the procedure will be reviewed with you before the session. There are 1000’s of different inductions, deepening’s, types of clinical interventions and suggestions, and the most beneficial approach will be reviewed with you prior to initiating hypnosis. You will be advised if speaking is a recommended component of treatment. Other than lifting a finger, a hand, or some other minor indicator, there are no other behaviours typically solicited during the hypnosis session. Again, Veronica cannot ask you to do something you do not wish to do.

Is hypnosis real or am I asleep?

Hypnosis is a real phenomenon, which has been demonstrated in numerous fMRI studies. As well, a number of studies have found hypnosis to be quite helpful*. Hypnosis is not sleep; in fact, you don’t need to be relaxed to be hypnotized. * Reference: J. Stewart. "Hypnosis in Contemporary Medicine." Mayo Clin. Proc 105; 80 (4): 511-524 (2005).

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