Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation techniques that invoke feelings of deep relaxation, focus, and concentration, leading to a heightened state of awareness.
In some cases, hypnotherapy is an aid to therapy. The reason for this is that hypnosis can bring about a relaxed nature that allows people to explore suppressed and painful feelings, emotions, or memories that are usually hidden within our conscious minds.
Hypnotherapy can help change your consciousness and help you experience things in a different way outside of hypnosis.
When you are under hypnosis, you can become more open to suggestions and discussions as long as you trust your hypnotist.
Hypnotherapy is used to treat various conditions or unwanted behaviours, including anxiety, phobias, depression, sleep disorder, PTSD; as well as weight loss, smoking cessation, and grief resulting from loss of a loved one, among others.
Many people are known to fear hypnotherapy, and they do not want to be associated with it at all. There are many reasons for this, and I will cover them in this article.
Why are some people too scared of hypnotherapy?
The main reason why the majority of people who are too scared of hypnotherapy is that they are afraid of losing control.
People are worried about spilling some very personal information or doing something they are not comfortable with while being in a state of unconsciousness.
Others fear that they will become ‘stuck’ in hypnosis.
While others cite religion as their main reason for being afraid of hypnotherapy.
This group might believe that getting involved in hypnotherapy will open a doorway to being possessed by demons.
Others believe that hypnotherapy is a form of ‘brainwashing’. Hypnotherapy has nothing to do with this.
Another group of people have a very negative impression of those people who perform hypnosis. These include people who use hypnosis for entertainment on both TV and movies.
Are these some of the reasons why you are too scared to try hypnotherapy?
But, this fear is not justifiable because you can learn all about hypnotherapy from a good hypnotherapist. They will dispel all your fears and concerns about hypnotherapy completely.
A good hypnotherapist will give you a pre-talk and explain to you that they do not have any magic powers.
The hypnotherapist will help you understand that they cannot control you or override your will.
A respected hypnotherapist will not dig for information out of you or make you do something against your will.
Why you should not fear hypnotherapy
Hypnosis can be described in its simplest form as any ‘state of being’ that lies between being alert and that of being completely asleep. For instance, you are in a deep hypnotic state before you fall asleep as well as just before you come awake. In such a state, you are not quite awake nor quite asleep.
A hypnotherapist would call such a state ‘hypnagogic’ state. When in this state, you are much more receptive to suggestions.
This means that you are “hypnotised’ every day of your life, irrespective of whether you are aware of it or not.
Hypnosis is not something that is so strange and out of this world; it is an everyday occurrence, which most of us are not aware of taking place.
Do you remember driving to work without being consciously remembering how you got there?
For a hypnotherapist to succeed, you must put your trust in them.
Most of the issues that we face in life originate from what we believe, feel, or think.
Changing your mind, either with a hypnotherapist or by yourself while in the presence of a hypnotherapist can help heal you from your phobias or pain.
There is no reason why you should fear hypnotherapy.
It is a recognised form of therapy, which has proven to be very effective.