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Tarzana, CA91356
Hypnotherapy Myths & Facts – Get the facts and dispel the myths

Myth #1: Hypnosis is not accepted by Western medicine.
Fact: Hypnosis has been recognized by the American Medical Association since 1958 as an effective treatment method. One of the reasons why it is not used more often is the time involved in doing an induction versus the speed of drugs. However, hypnosis does not have any side effects.

Myth #2: The hypnotist has all the power. He does it to me.
Fact: You are responsible for your own experience under trance. The hypnotherapist is merely a guide, a facilitator. He or she cannot “make” you do anything against your will or intent. Some of my clients wish I had that kind of power, so I could magically make them quit smoking or start looking for a new job. But only you have that kind of power and control.

Myth #3: The hypnotist will be able to control my mind.
Fact: No one can control your mind, unless you let them. Your hypnotherapist will give you suggestions that you want to be given, based on the pre-hypnotic interview. At no point during your session will you lose control of your mind. If you hear a suggestion that you don’t agree with, or don’t understand, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.

Myth #4: I will be made to perform embarrassing acts, like being told to bark like a dog.
Fact: This assumption is based on stage hypnotism and Hollywood fiction. The truth is, these people volunteer to act on stage, and they allow themselves to participate in silly suggestions. Hypnotherapy is a serious process of self-improvement, not entertainment.

Myth #5: Hypnosis comes from “black magic” or is “supernatural”.
Fact: Hypnosis is a natural state that has been studied scientifically. Hypnotherapists are not psychics or palm readers with “special powers”. Hypnotherapy is based on many years of clinical research by famous psychologists such as Dr. Sigmund Freud and Dr. Carl Jung, and more recently, by Dr. Milton Erikson and Dr. John Kappas.

Myth #6: If I become hypnotized, I may not be able to snap out of it, or “hypnosis is dangerous”.
Fact: Hypnosis is very safe and is in fact, a state of hyper-awareness. Any time there is an emergency, a person would naturally be able to come out of the hypnotic state by opening their eyes, and stretching or speaking.

Myth #7: I have never been in hypnosis before.
Fact: Every person naturally enters a state of hypnosis at least twice every day: just before falling asleep at night, and upon awaking every morning, before getting out of bed. Most people easily enter “environmental hypnosis” while at the movies, watching TV, driving on the highway, or while reading a good book.

Myth #8: Hypnosis is a “miracle cure.”
Fact: While hypnosis is a relatively quick method of making permanent improvements, there is no such thing as a one-time “hypno-miracle”. Every individual makes progress at his or her own rate. Be wary of those who make wild claims of overnight success.

Myth #9: Hypnosis is a great tool to get someone to “confess”.
Fact: Hypnotherapy sessions are kept private and cannot be used for court testimony. It is not an alternative to lie detector tests. Hypnosis cannot force anyone to “tell the truth” or to confess.

Myth #10: When hypnotized, I will lose all sense of my surroundings, and will have no memory of the session.
Fact: Hypnosis is not an unconscious state of sleep. In fact, most people report having a heightened sense of awareness, concentration and focus, and can even hear more acutely during a session.

Myth #11: Self-hypnosis is safer, better, or more effective than going to a trained professional.
Fact: Self-hypnosis can be detrimental when not taught by a trained professional, as a negative attitude or belief about oneself will be reinforced regardless of suggestions given. This can cause more stress and problems in the long run. Hypnotherapy directly accesses the subconscious mind, while self-hypnosis cannot.

Myth#12: I can’t be hypnotized because my mind is too strong/disciplined.
Fact: This is an archaic belief that has, in recent times, been proven untrue. It was thought, long ago, that only 50% of the population could be hypnotized. Over the last 30 years, methods have been improved to the point that almost anyone can be hypnotized. During your first session, we’ll be able to determine what type of suggestibility you have, and hence, how best to hypnotize you. Because it is your decision to use hypnosis for self-improvement, your mind has already accepted the idea of hypnotherapy.