Myths and Misconceptions Hypnosis


Many people have formed myths and misconceptions about hypnosis based on what they’ve seen in stage hypnosis shows or from exaggerated portrayals of hypnosis and its “powers” dreamed up and produced in Hollywood.  In order for a client to have the best and most therapeutic experience with hypnosis it’s important that he/she understand what it is and what it is not so that he/she feels completely comfortable with the process.  At Essential Balance Holistic Wellness Center hypnosis is utilized by a trained and certified professional for the sole purpose of achieving a state of balance and wellness in the client.  We have no interest in having our clients clucking like chickens or doing any other silly thing that would serve no purpose in promoting their health or happiness.  Below are ten of the most common myths and misconceptions about hypnosis.

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Myth #1: A hypnotist is a person gifted with special, mystical or unusual powers.
Myth #2: A hypnotist has control over the hypnotic client. A person can be hypnotized against his/her will.
Myth #3: Only gullible or weak-minded people can be hypnotized.
Myth #4: I’ve tried hypnosis in the past and it didn’t work.
Myth #5: I’m going to get “stuck” in the hypnotic state.
Myth #6: I could be made to do anything and/or say anything “under the control” of the hypnotist. I could be made to commit a crime or made to go against my moral principles.
Myth #7: A client must be put into a deep hypnotic state to achieve hypnotherapeutic benefit.
Myth #8: Hypnosis is truth serum. A person could be made to reveal secrets or say embarrassing things in the hypnotic state.
Myth #9: When hypnotized, repressed memories of trauma always emerge.
Myth #10: Hypnosis is un-Christian or anti-religious.


If you have any other questions about hypnosis, about Essential Balance Holistic Wellness Center or about the qualifications of M. Hayden Sutherland, our Certified Clinical and Transpersonal hypnotherapist, please call for a free initial consultation with M. Hayden Sutherland CHt, at Essential Balance Holistic Wellness Center, LLC.  He can be reached at (813) 928-9850.


*Clients with diagnosed or observable medical and/or mental health conditions are only seen with a referral or prescription from, or under the supervision of, an appropriate, licensed practitioner of the healing arts.

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