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Can you really be left asleep in hypnosis?

April 03, 20242 min read

Before I start, listen to the interview by a young 11 year boy who just experienced some hypnosis.

https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/allan-hassoun/episodes/George-11-years-old-interview-e2a1dbv/a-aae3anm

Debunking Common Myths About Hypnosis: Separating Fact from Fiction

When it comes to hypnosis, the line between myth and reality often becomes blurred. Images of people falling into a zombie-like state or fears of never waking from a hypnotic sleep have been perpetuated through media and folklore, creating a veil of mystery around the practice. However, it's time to clear the air and debunk some of these pervasive myths.

Firstly, let's tackle the elephant in the room: the sleep myth. Many believe that being hypnotized is akin to being asleep. However, this could not be further from the truth. Hypnosis is actually a state of heightened awareness and focused attention. It's a natural state that we often enter into during our daily lives, such as when we're engrossed in a book or driving on autopilot. During hypnosis, you are not unconscious; you're simply in a relaxed state where your subconscious mind is more receptive to suggestions.

Another common misconception is that hypnosis can turn individuals into zombies, devoid of free will or the ability to control their actions. This is a work of fiction, not a feature of hypnosis. Hypnotists cannot force anyone to do something that goes against their moral compass or self-interest. In fact, a person under hypnosis has the power to reject any suggestion that doesn't align with their values or desires.

The myth that one can get stuck in hypnosis also needs to be dispelled. There is no evidence to support the idea that a person can remain trapped in a hypnotic state. Just as you can snap out of a daydream, you can emerge from hypnosis. It's a reversible and controlled process, and the individual can come out of it when prompted by the hypnotist or even on their own.

So, why do these myths about hypnosis persist? Often, it's due to a lack of understanding. Hypnosis is a tool used by professionals to help individuals overcome challenges, improve performance, and achieve personal goals. It's based on psychological principles and should not be confused with the dramatized versions seen on stage or screen.

In a nutshell, hypnosis is not a sleep state, nor does it render you a zombie without control. It's a legitimate therapeutic technique that has helped countless individuals make positive changes in their lives. By understanding what hypnosis truly is—and what it is not—we can appreciate its value and potential without the shadow of myths looming over it. Whether you're seeking to manage stress, break a bad habit, or simply curious about this fascinating state of mind, it's important to approach hypnosis with an open mind and a clear grasp of the facts.

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International Speaker, Healer and Hypnotist

Allan Hassoun

International Speaker, Healer and Hypnotist

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