Everything You Wanted To Know About Hypnosis

by : rene1

Hypnosis is still often associated with mysteries. Do you like watching TV shows featuring some hypnotist who hypnotises people and then makes them do embarrassing things in front of a multi-million audience? Or you like reading old horror stories about hypnosis and vampires?

The point is that all you see in TV is a show, not hypnosis and the old horror books are, well, just old horror books. There are so many misconceptions about hypnosis that it is still a wonder how it managed to go through all that. So, here are a few words about what hypnosis really is and isn't.

First of all, all legitimate hypnotherapists are well-educated and trained people, usually psychologists or with a psychology background. They are able to help us overcome our fears and challenges. Smoking, overeating, bedwetting or outright shyness are only a few examples of what can be healed using hypnosis. The sad thing is that the misconceptions arising around hypnosis mean that a lot of people are and will be discarding hypnosis as an effective healing/self-help method.

There are lots of people who still believe that everyone loses his will the moment he becomes hypnotized, just as in TV shows. However the truth is that for a better part a state of hypnosis is just a moment when our concentration and focused attention are at maximum. To put it blankly: while under hypnosis you are totally aware of your surroundings and you can do whatever you want, though you are opened on hypnotherapist's positive suggestions (but only because you want it).

Another common myth is believing that while under hypnosis you go into some amnesia-like state and you can't remember what happened during the session. Nothing is further from the truth. Of course there is still some people that are able to drift away completely, but most of us will remember every word said during the session.

As you probably expect, the conception of hypnosis that is able to create a hypnotic state without your consent is also false. You simply have to be a wiling patient to let hypnosis work. In short, as soon as the hypnotist or hypnotherapist starts telling you the positive suggestions, you have to be willing to accept them or the hypnosis will never work.

The only problem is the fact that the practice of hypnosis is not strictly regulated, at least in most states. As the results there are many wannabes with no real experience. If you choose the professional you'd like to work with, you should choose him wisely.

The best call would be a certified hypnotist, with at least 200 hours of training. Of course even a certified hypnotist should not provide any other type of treatment. Hypnotherapist, however, is completely another story. They are typically a medical or healthcare professional who adds hypnosis to his or her existing genre. Hypnotherapist has also usually undergone the extensive training at a university, often coupled with some healthcare and medical training.

When you're choosing a hypnotist or hypnotherapist, the key is being able to ask the right questions such as:

Do you have enough specific training in a field?
What hypnosis school did you attend and what type of license do you hold?
Are you licensed in my state?
How long have you been practicing?
What professional organizations do you belong to?
If you're a hypnotist, how much training time do you have on you, from what school, and what specific training have you undergone.

When you are hypnotized by a professional that has passed the test above, you can sit back and rest, there rest should be in good hands.