Self Hypnosis is the use of safe and natural consciousness-altering techniques to facilitate positive changes a person desires. The goal is to tap into the subconscious mind and make it more open to positive ideas or suggestions. The goal is to change a person’s conceptions or attitudes toward a troubling aspect of their life. Self hypnosis can help with issues like weight loss, smoking, and unwanted habits, or to engage subconscious mind power to create a more positive life.

Misconception #1: Self-Hypnosis is a Magic Spell

This is probably the most damaging myth because there is an element of mystery surrounding hypnosis. Because its power is in the subconscious mind, it is enshrouded in enigma and negative labels are often placed on it. In reality, hypnosis does not take control over the body or mind. It does not make anyone do anything against his or her will. It is simply a form of auto suggestion that can help one achieve a goal that otherwise might seem out of reach. Hypnosis assists in reaching goals by encouraging a person’s subconscious to be on their side. It is the subconscious that does the work, not an outside influence.

A hypnotherapist cannot have control over a person’s subconscious. A person will not do or think anything they are not comfortable with or which violates their moral or ethical code. Instead, hypnosis is a tool to help a person master their own psychological responses and states of awareness.

In the case of self hypnosis the individual is always in complete control. They are merely in a relaxed state and following supportive creative visualizations and/or positive affirmations.

Misconception #2: Hypnosis Puts the Subject to Sleep

Television, movies, and dramatic shows have formed the misconception that being hypnotized is similar to being asleep. In fact, it is nothing like sleep. During self hypnosis, the mind stays completely focused and alert in most cases. While focusing on the words, the outside world seems to fade away slightly. This state is called hypersensitivity. Senses and emotions are heightened and the body is relaxed. Subjects are still very much aware of their surroundings.

Of course, in some cases, people actually do fall asleep during hypnosis, but it only happens because the body is in a relaxed state. Specialists debate on the effectiveness of hypnotherapy if the subject falls asleep. It is the general consensus that the hypnotherapy is not effective unless the mind continues to actively participate. The mind needs to stay focused and active on the topic, although there may be some benefit from having positive suggestions presented even while asleep as in sleep-learning.

Misconception #3: Hypnosis Has Negative Side Effects and is Dangerous

Hypnosis is often misunderstood because of its intangible nature. It is difficult to know how it works, and some believe it has negative side effects. That hypnosis can cause physical or mental distress or isssues is a myth. There has never been evidence of any known dangers of hypnosis. It is as safe as relaxing on the couch or in bed.

Some have the fear that a hypnotherapist can plant ideas or trick the subject into doing something bad. Even though the subject is always in control, it is possible to trick people in hypnosis just the same as when they are awake. But, since hypnosis is a state of heightened awareness, it is likely that the subject has better judgment and can easily resist any negative suggestions. With any reputable or certified hypnotherapist, this will not be a worry. When doing self-hypnosis, listen subjectively to the words with a friend before relaxing for hypnosis if this is a concern.

Self hypnosis is a safe, effective way to achieve goals that are difficult or frustrating. It taps into the power of each person to change their own thoughts and reactions. It is not a magical spell that has control over a subject’s mind. Instead, it teaches a person to master their own control.

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