Hypnosis, historically has been around for centuries and in less recognisable terms, thousands of years. Throughout that time we have developed a greater understand of how it works and we continue to explore it's potential in working with a number of emotional and physiological issues, yet there is still much debate about what hypnosis is exactly and currently no industry wide recognised definition of what it is and what it is not.

We do know that it is akin to the naturally occurring states we experience numerous times throughout the day, be it when we suspend our critical judgement as we allow ourselves to become engrossed in a good film or book, or when our conscious minds seem to wander while driving a familiar route to work.

We know that we can create and use the phenomenon in a number of ways and that the power of guided imagery and suggestion can allow change to take place through establishing acceptable, selective thinking.

We know that we can use it permissively to entertain on stage and television and as hypnotherapists we are only too aware of the misconceptions and misunderstandings surrounding hypnosis that are caused by presenting hypnosis this way. Many people do not realise that hypnosis is a completely consensual socio-cognitive process, especially in a therapeutic setting and that a person will not be made to act against their core values or moral code.

In fact there is much misinformation surrounding hypnosis and many of the misconceptions are listed below. Some of these you may know and some you may not.

  • You are unconscious
  • Generally, you can be made to act against your will
  • You will forget everything once emerged
  • You will reveal secrets
  • You are gullible or stupid if you allow yourself to be hypnotised
  • You will get stuck in hypnosis

The therapeutic applications of hypnosis have have been utilised by medical professionals for many years. As a chemical free alternative to anaesthesia, an effective tool in pain management and palliative care and in the hastening of client recuperation times.

If you want to have a greater understanding of the uses and areas of application hypnosis is particularly effective in and the differences between them, or you if you wish to find out more about the strict ethics and codes of conducts a professional hypnotherapist adheres to, please follow the individual links provided:


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