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 3 Common Myths on Hypnosis Debunked
There have been many myths surrounding hypnosis. Some people base their views on the subject based on what is portrayed in pop culture. Others lack clarity as to what it actually entails. To understand hypnosis better it is best to look again at some of the popular myths.
Myth: Hypnosis Does Not Work
For a long time hypnosis was seen as a fad or pseudo science by some. However, there are research studies to show that hypnosis indeed can help individuals find a solution for their physiological or mental health issues.
Hypnosis is a technique that puts the individual into a state of calmness and deep relaxation. In this state, the mind is more receptive to suggestions. It has been proven to be effective in treating anxiety. It has also been proven to be beneficial in treating insomnia and has also shown promise as an agent of smoking cessation. One of the biggest benefits of hypnosis is that the benefits gained in a few sessions are comparable to what one gains through long term conditioning by use of other methodologies.
Myth: You’ll be in a Trance like State Which Leads to Amnesia
In both hypnosis and self hypnosis one needs to be in a complete state of relaxation so that one can be receptive to suggestion. However, according to a common misconception, one does not completely lose consciousness. Most people remember everything and are conscious of what is happening even during the session.
Myth: It will Only Work for Certain People
People have varying responses when it comes to suggestibility during hypnosis. However, studies done on the subject indicate that most people are responsive during a deep state of relaxation. Scientists have been trying to develop a standardized scale to determine suggestibility. Preliminary evidence shows that anyone can be hypnotized but with varying levels of receptivity.