Hypnosis Truths... Fact or Fiction
There are many misconceptions of what hypnosis is. Most of these misconceptions areperpetuated by the popular media. The truth is, hypnosis has been used throughout history andcontinues to be used today, both legitimately and fraudulently. I decided to write this article toclarify just what hypnosis is exactly and what it is not for inquiring minds and to help those thatcould truly benefit from the true, legitimate practice of hypnosis.I will start by addressing the misconceptions of hypnosis and tell you WHAT HYPNOSIS IS NOT.Hypnosis is not a form of mind control despite its portrayal in movies as such... you know, the guydressed in the black tuxedo with big, bushy eyebrows that can swing his pocket watch as apendulum before people's eyes to make them cluck like chickens upon the snap of his fingers...No, hypnosis is not capable of taking over another's free will. Hypnosis is not brainwashing and isnot capable of controlling a person's behavior and judgment. Hypnosis is not caused by thehypnotist's "power", as this would allude to the possibility of "mind control" of which there is nohard scientific evidence.It is also a big misconception that hypnosis is possible only upon weak-minded individuals. Inactuality the ability to enter a hypnotic state has nothing to do with one's intelligence. Thehypnotic state can be reached by any individual through self-hypnosis techniques however theability to be hypnotized by an outside party (hypnotist) is dependent more upon genetic factors.Neither is hypnosis dependent upon individuals with vivid and overactive imaginations.Hypnosis as a process is not necessarily time-consuming nor does it require the subject to becompletely relaxed. And although named for the god of sleep, hypnosis is not sleep. According tothe Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, hypnosis is "a trance-like state that resembles sleep but isinduced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject".Now I will delve into what hypnosis is and real world applications of hypnosis. There is a plethoraof ways in which hypnosis has been and still is used today in treating mental, physical and socialproblems.