[courtesy of Clare Goodwin
  • Many myths and legends surround hypnosis, mostly stemming from the simple fact that we are all somewhat afraid of the unknown, and especially of the prospect of "losing control". Whether founded or not, these fears have been inflamed by hypnosis-stage-shows and "spooky" films.


  • Instead of arguing what it is not, here is what hypnosis is and how it works in hypnotherapy:
In the clinical setting, although induced and managed by the therapist, any hypnosis is in fact self-hypnosis, namely - it can only work by the consent and freewill of the client; by so doing he/she takes him/herself into the state of therapeutic hypnosis.
Since the "resting" conscious mind is not torpid under hypnosis, but rather an "observer", hypnosis may be stopped at will if and when the hypnotised person so wishes.
Psychotherapy (and hypnotherapy accordingly) aims at encountering the unconscious with the conscious mind in a dialogue. Hence, any "trick" to bypass the wholeness of the mind's faculties can not and will not work.
Generally speaking - any psychological approach based on "magic" and "tricks" is doomed to fail.
  • 90 to 95 percent of us humans are "hypnotisable" (remember that car driving experience?), so there is nothing to worry about...

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