Busting The Myths About Hypnosis


Before your start hypnosis read this: What happens to your mind during hypnosis.


"I am intrigued to try out hypnosis as I heard a lot about it by Maris Peer. But I fear that hypnosis will cause me any harm. And I do not want to do something I do not want."

Thank you very much for your interest in hypnosis and its healing effect. Unfortunately, there are many myths around hypnosis mostly based on stage shows or inexperienced therapists.

On the surface this issue boils down to the question of ‘is hypnosis harmful?’ Is it that someone else is controlling your mind or things are coming to the surface that you do not want to know about.

Let’s start first with what hypnosis is. Hypnosis is a method of relaxation and concentration that provides access to a unique state of consciousness. 

This state is characterized on one side by increased insight and awareness.

This state is characterized on one side by increased insight and awareness. In this more active state you observe and make sense of the revealed subconscious material so that you can come up with goal directed activities. 

On the other side hypnosis is characterized by free access to unconscious material without the normal critical judgement. In this more receptive state you are more alert and very safe and in which suggestion can be made to help you make a positive change.

The experience of hypnosis is not different from experiencing a relaxing state or starting to fall asleep.

Hypnotherapy is not about the client being controlled - quite the opposite. 

Hypnosis is empowering you to find all the answers within yourself. You can always ‘reject’ a suggestion or tell the therapist what you want to hear. Have you ever heard about a hypnotherapist who became very rich because he/she made people donate him millions or rob a bank?

What you may have seen on stage shows is that members of the audience are specifically selected for the stage performance. These are people who wish to comply and have a desire to be extroverted. 

Hypnotherapy is NOT stage hypnosis!

Hypnotherapy is a way to work on physical symptoms like tension, fears, fatigue. Or if you find it difficult  to get along in your work or relationship with people; or if you feel irritable, unhappy and believe you are not getting the most out of life.

One of the most important aspects of the client/relationship is empathy and rapport. Therefore, I focus on empathy and trust and offer a free discovery session before any further agreement. 

It is also important to find out how long a therapist has been practicing hypnotherapy, if she is a specialist in a certain modality and if he has professional experience in the field of healing and counselling.

As with any modality it is the experience of the therapists and the rapport with the client that brings the expected change.


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1 Comment

  1. Ines Simpson on October 21, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Absolutely – good article – KEY things about Hypnosis – it’s a natural process and an essential part of the human being.

    Hypnosis on purpose to create change ( Hypnotherapy) is NOT relaxation – though that may be a by-product if you choose

    Hypnosis is NOT really the thing – its the THING that gets you to the THING – which is the powerful parts of you and that you have access to – when the conscious is not filtering everything

    Hypnosis doesn’t change you – it gets to parts of you – that change you.

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