The Truth - the
whole truth and nothing but ...
condemn or say NO to
hypnosis just because they do not KNOW
enough about it. Read some of the truths and misconceptions
about hypnosis below.
Hypnosis is caused by the power of the hypnotist --
The hypnotist may use his or her communication and rapport
building skills, making it more likely that the subject will
accept guidance through a suggested experience, but only
to the degree that the subject permits it. Amazing
things may occur during hypnosis, however this is, again, due to
the willingness of the subject. It is clearly a relationship of
mutual responsiveness and trust.
The fact is, that when you are
‘under hypnosis’ you are NOT
under the control of the hypnotist nor or you asleep or
unconscious at any time!
You retain your own free will
and moral code - you can NOT
be made to do anything that is alien to your sense of decency or
truth. The people who
perform on stage hypnosis shows are quite willing to do what is
required of them otherwise, they simply would not be on the stage!
certain kinds of people can be hypnotized on stage: True
Only those willing to go into
Hypnosis will go into hypnosis. In practice, there are definitely some people more difficult to
induce hypnosis in than others, but this does not mean they are
less capable of being hypnotized. It merely indicates their
resistance for one of many possible reasons, (e.g., fear of
losing control, difficulty in distinguishing internal states
such as relaxation or tension, negative situational factors,
fear of change, etc.) Once the nature of the resistance is
identified and resolved, the subject becomes able to experience
The true fact is everyone from time to time experiences
has become hypnotized, one can no longer resist it and
surrenders their personal will: False
This is, of course, NOT
true. If a subject chooses not to go into hypnosis, for whatever
reason, then he or she will not. Just because someone says,
"I do not want to be hypnotized - does not necessary mean
that they do not want to experience the hypnotic experience,
they could be saying consciously, NO NOT FOR ME but subconsciously
they really want to give it a try to satisfy their curiosity. Prior experience with hypnosis,
good or bad, is not the sole determining factor of whether
hypnosis is accomplished or not. Even the most responsive
subjects can refuse to follow the suggestion of a hypnotist if
they choose to. Many will simply just refuse the
suggestion or they will simply choose to come out of the
it Mind Control or connected to dark evil powers- - FALSE
Not at all. People
only respond to the suggestion given in this state of extreme
ability to focus called hypnosis and only if they choose to.
In MIND CONTROL the person has no choice but
to accept the information being given. In Hypnosis they are in
absolute control. No one can make anyone do anything that they
do not want to do. You can not alter anyone's belief system
unless they choose to accept the suggestion and have a desire to
ad's: Here is an example in my own life. When
someone told me about Jesus Christ and how that he died for my
sin debt so that I could have a real one on one relationship
with God the Father our creator and that through God's Son,
(Jesus the Christ,) this was possible.
They did not brain wash me to
believe this truth by forcing this truth in me, I accepted the
info as absolute fact and absolute truth because I chose to
accept it as truth and absolute fact. My choice, no one
made it for me. No one brain washed me to make me believe this
The dictionary describes
indoctrination, usually political or religious, aimed at
destroying a person's basic convictions and attitudes and
replacing them with an alternative set of fixed beliefs."
Our hypnosis show does not
force anyone to believe anything. Our goal is to entertain, we
do not use brainwashing techniques. We do not brainwash or altar
anyone at anytime. We simply act as a guide in the show and the
people who choose to perform they do so by accepting the
suggestion and using their imagination to act it out. Nothing
taboo about it at all. Just like being in a High School play and
the director says, Show me a sad or happy face, everyone
responds because they chose to and we see the results. This is
exactly what is being done on the stage in our hypnosis shows.
In hypnosis you are very focused, not asleep.
See Diagram to
explain the difference in your ability to focus using your
conscious mind and then using your subconscious mind.
As you can see, you are merely
more focused with less distractions than when you are using your
conscious mind. This is exactly what a foot ball coach does with
his team during half time. He simply gets them to focus more
intently on the game than on the crowd. Simply a form of
hypnosis. We use it everyday in our schools, churches, jobs,
watching TV, etc..
The only power used is the
persons own power of the mind to focus and to use their own God
Any time you tell someone that
their life can be better, and they accept that is absolute fact,
then you are using hypnosis. The person simply chooses to remove
the old thought pattern and replace with a new thought pattern.
Going from, It can't get better to it is going to get better.
One can be
hypnotized to say or do something against one's will or engage
in anti-social behavior: False
Since the subject retains ultimate control of his or her self,
it is not possible to hypnotize someone to do something
against their will - but it is possible to suggest to them that
they change their will.
For example, if the subject does not already have
anti-social behavior traits, it is not possible to induce
anti-social behavior in hypnosis. It is true that brainwashing
and other untoward influences exist. However, the
conditions necessary to effect such a powerful influence do not
typically surface in the therapeutic context, nor are those
conditions in and of themselves hypnosis, and they are quite far
removed from the ethical and sensitive applications of hypnosis
promoted in hypnotherapy practices today.
become "stuck" in hypnosis or might not "wake
up" from hypnosis: False
Hypnosis is a state of focused attention, either inwardly or
outwardly directed. The subject can initiate or terminate the
experience any time he or she chooses and is in complete
be relaxed in order to be in hypnosis: False
Since hypnosis is a state of concentrated attention, you can be
anxious, even in deep suspense, and still be focused. Although
desirable, physical relaxation is not a necessary prerequisite
for hypnosis to occur.
asleep or unconscious when in hypnosis: False
Hypnosis is not sleep! Although physically there is decreased
activity, muscle relaxation, slowed breathing, etc., the subject
is relaxed yet alert mentally, with a level of awareness of what
is going on around them. Even in deep hypnosis the subject is
aware of external reality to some degree. Many go into hypnosis
even with their eyes open.
may be used to accurately recall everything that has ever
happened to you: False
The mind does not simply take in experience and store it in
exact form for accurate recall later. In fact, memories are
stored on the basis of perceptions; therefore, and are subject to
many of the same distortions as perceptions. People can
remember things that did NOT
actually happen, they can remember selected fragments of
an experience, and they can take bits and pieces of multiple
memories and combine them into one false
memory. Example: a person sees a magician levitate 2 INCHES off
of the ground, but later recalls that memory and tells the story
to others that the same magician levitated 2 FEET off of the
ground. The imagination is a very creative process and can even
spoof the mind and belief system to change the true facts.
persons will tell secrets or will always tell the truth:
Hypnosis will not compel a person to tell
secrets nor share any other information if they don't want to.
Persons under hypnosis can lie purposefully or recall
information in a distorted manner as noted above.
is a satanic practice: False
Hypnosis and trance are perfectly natural occurrences and are
neither good nor bad in and of themselves.
will not work on highly intelligent persons: False
Innate characteristics of people such as intelligence or lack
of, does not
have any effect on the hypnotizability of a person. Persons can
resist being hypnotized on demand either actively or passively
regardless of their intellectual capacity.
has a good effect on people who participate in the show:
Thirty minutes under stage
hypnosis is equal to 3 to 8 hours of very restful sleep -
depending on the persons response to the hypnosis experience.
hypnosis - - - -
is probably one of the
most controversial ways hypnosis is used. If you have ever
been to a stage show you would be forgiven for thinking that the
volunteers were “under the power” of the hypnotist -
that they were not in
control - and that they were being made to look foolish and do
ridiculous things against what we call "their will".
"Of course, ethical
stage hypnotists never embarrass their subjects" and will
always refer to them as the Stars of the show.
The fact that hypnosis is used in
this way as entertainment, and that people do enact the
fantasies suggested by the hypnotist is not disputed, but the
idea that they are controlled or coerced in some supernatural way is complete
They were on stage because they wanted to be on stage and nobody
forced them - they volunteered. They probably enjoyed acting
silly to make people laugh. People love to be the center of
The fact is, that when you are.
as many suggest, ‘under hypnosis’ you are NOT
under the control of the hypnotist any more than an actor on a
stage is under the control of a director who directs a play!
I REPEAT AGAIN: You
retain your own free will and moral code - you can NOT
be made to do anything that is alien to your sense of decency or
truth. The people who perform on stage hypnosis shows are quite
willing to do what is required of them, otherwise, they simply
would not! They came up to have fun and fun is what they get.
of us do this quite well without hypnosis!)
Bearing in mind that the majority of people who volunteer for
this are generally extrovert by nature, it might be argued that
in a different environment with a few glasses of good wine and
some prompting, the outcome would probably be similar.
fun, but what has this got to do with clinical
hypnosis or Hypnotherapy?
argument is: "It’s difficult to see how
imitating Elvis Presley, building imaginary sand castles or
seeing the audience in their undergarments through an imaginary
pair of X Ray spectacles, and other such indignities, is going
to inspire confidence in anyone who is considering Hypnosis as a
viable form of treatment for their panic attacks, depression,
insomnia, emotional difficulties, etc.
Fact is that many who come to the
stage show very quickly become convinced that if it worked on
stage that it could work for them too. Many who would have never gone to a
Hypnotherapist wind up seeking such services because of their
positive experience they had.
line - stage hypnosis is all in fun and everyone
has fun either being part of the show or watching it. If the
show is done in good taste and if everyone is treated with
respect, then everyone will have a blast.
( see also the F.A.Q page)