Over the years Hypnotherapy appears to have become quite misunderstood with most people relating it to stage hypnosis and not recognizing the true benefits it can serve when used clinically and therapeutically. Below are some common misconceptions and explanations as to why they are incorrect;
Misconception #1: I will loose control of my mind and the hypnotherapist will be able to control me.
Fact #1: At all times you will be in-control of what you do and what your mind allows to happen during your hypnotic experience. You cannot be forced to focus your attention and respond during hypnosis, unless you are willing too.
Misconception #2: Hypnosis is just relaxation.
Fact #2: Relaxation is definitely required in hypnosis but, is just a pathway to a hypnotic state/experience o access your sub-conscious mind and make suggestions for change based on your discussions with your clinical hypnotherapist.
Misconception #3: An individual is asleep or, unconscious during hypnosis.
Fact #3: From the outside someone who is hypnotised may appear to be asleep however, you are relaxed, conscious and alert and, will be aware of what is going on around you.
Misconception #4: Hypnotherapy is a form of supernatural/hocus pocus belief.
Fact #4: Hypnotherapy is a scientifically studied and clinical therapy. fMRI imaging studies have shown changes in the brain during hypnosis. The part of the brain known to be affected during hypnosis is the precuneus, which is involved with episodic memory, visual processing, meta awareness and consciousness (Australian Hypnosis and Training Services, 2015). Other areas which may also be used during hypnosis are the amygdala, through relaxation (Australian Hypnosis and Training Services, 2015) and, the anterior cingulate cortex along with the frontal cortex as they control attention (Yapko, 2015)
For current research into clinical hypnotherapy and its uses please see our research page.