Hypnosis: Myth & Reality
by: Pradeep Aggarwa
Hollywood hype would have us believe that a hypnotist can control
and direct our actions, and that we can be made to do all sorts
of unimaginable things under hypnosis. Following is a list of some
of these common myths which must be clarified before we proceed
The hypnotist can make you do things against your will.
Absolutely False. The hypnotist has no powers over you at all,
and cannot make you do things against your will. All Hypnosis is
really self-directed and self-controlled. The hypnotist merely guides
you into a hypnotic state, and feeds your mind with care-fully worded
suggestions. If you feel uncomfortable with these suggestions, you
may reject them at will. Hypnosis is essentially a matter of cooperation
between the hypnotist and his subject, not some form of power the
hypnotist possesses which will compel the subject to submit to his
or her will.
Once under Hypnosis, one can't come out of the state on his own.
If you are under hypnosis and the hypnotist suddenly left the room,
two things may happen. You will either realize that the hypnotist
is no longer talking to you, and will open your eyes, feeling fresh
and alert. Or, you may drift into natural sleep, in which case you
will wake up after a few minutes (or hours). So, the subject can
come out of the trance on his own.
Only weak-minded people can be hypnotized.
False. Hypnosis has nothing to do with will power. People often
confuse hypnotibility with gullibility. There is no connection between
the two. On the contrary, the more intelligent a person is, the
easier it is for him to be hypnotized. To be hypnotized, one needs
the abilities of concentration, imagination and vivid visualization.
Under hypnosis, the subject is totally unconscious.
At all times during the course of a hypnotic session, you will
be able to hear and to think. You are aware of what is going on
around you. Although your body is very relaxed, your mind is actually
more alert than usual. Many people are worried by stage hypnosis
and the fact that the subjects, many of whom do ridicu-lous things
during the session, seem to have no knowledge of anything around
them. The unfortunate part of such an activity is that it often
frightens away those people who could really bene-fit from hypnotherapy,
but are afraid of losing control.
Under hypnosis, one can be made to reveal his secrets.
As mentioned above, under hypnosis, the subject is fully alert,
in fact more alert than usual. The hypnotist can only guide the
subject to remember forgotten memories. Whether the subject will
reveal them to the hypnotist is entirely at his own discretion.
Hypnosis is dangerous.
Untrue. It is quite the opposite. Hypnosis is a safe and natural
process. One fact that most people are unaware of is that we undergo
Hypnosis several times in our daily lives. For example, while driving
along a highway, very often, people suddenly dis-cover that they
have lost consciousness for several minutes. This is actually an
example of momentary hypnotism. However, someone with epilepsy should
never be hypnotized.
One needs special powers to be hypnotized.
Any average person with the willingness and patience to learn,
can master the skills of hypnosis. Like other skills such as playing
the piano, or learning a foreign language, some people are “naturals”,
and become accomplished with little training while others can increase
their abilities through regular prac-tice. A good, confident voice
is an advantage, but not a must. Of course, children lacking an
understanding and appreciation for the subject (usually below the
age of 5) may not respond to hypnosis in the desired way.
The user might become dependent on hypnosis.
You cannot become dependent upon hypnosis because it has no physical
effects on the body. However, many people look forward to their
daily hypnosis exercises because they become totally relaxed and
About The Author
Pradeep Aggarwal is a renowned Hypnosis & NLP guru with career
spanning two and half decades working, teaching, conducting workshops
on Hypnosis Globally. He has authored many Books Hypnosis & NLP.