I often get people who are interested in trying hypnotherapy but are concerned with the ‘mind control’ aspect of it. So I thought I’d write a article in an attempt to clear this up once and for all.
For those who don’t fully understand what Clinical Hypnotherapy is their knowledge of hypnosis tends to come from what they have seen in the movies or on a night out with stage hypnotherapy.
The movies tend to portray someone who is a ‘Sleeper Agent’, trained to kill a specific target once their ‘trigger’ word has been given by the controller, causing them to go into an hypnotic trance. When in this state they look completely unresponsive until they are out of the trance mode and then they look very vulnerable and scared.
With Stage Hypnotherapy the hypnotist is there to entertain you. Using carefully selected compliance test they will whittle out the volunteers to select the 2 or 3 who are the most suggestible. Then the fun begins and the hypnotist is able to get the volunteers to do almost anything. In this situation it must be remembered that the ‘victims’ have volunteered for this. They are really up for letting go and having a laugh and usually, they are the sort of people that like to let themselves have fun anyway, even if you were not aware of that side of them. During all of this the hypnotist would still not be able to get any of the volunteers to do something that they would morally not normally do, such as to strip completely naked for example. Also, the hypnotherapist makes sure that, when the entertainment is over the entertainers are left feeling on top of the world. In some cases it can be a life changing experience.
The Clinical Hypnotherapist uses methods that help a client relax in order to quieten the primitive mind (where the Fight, Flight, Freeze part of the brain is held) and instead to access the subconscious and the intellectual mind in order for the client to come up with their own solutions to their problem, and to initiate change. During the relaxation phase there will be suggestions put to the client by the Clinical Hypnotherapist to help them relax. Suggestions such as “You are feeling more relaxed” and “You will feel as deeply relaxed as you can ever imagine”. All the suggestions will be to help you relax so you are able to go into the trance like state required. When in trance there will be further suggestions to help you change how you think and to help you change. Suggestions like “..and focus your thought energy on how you want things to be, rather than how you don’t want them to be..” and “...when you leave here tonight you will able to deal with any situation calmly and in a positive manner”. During this time the person in trance is still in complete control and, should they change their mind during this stage they will be completely capable of opening their eyes, move off the couch and make their excuses and leave.
So, is hypnotherapy mind control or not?
I would say YES, but it is YOU controlling YOUR mind. YOU decide to book an appointment. YOU decide during the Initial Consultation whether you TRUST the therapist. YOU decide how many sessions to have and YOU decide when you stop the sessions. YOU are in control THROUGHOUT.
A Clinical Hypnotherapist is a bit like a Travel Agent. You decide what journey you want to go on and the hypnotherapist helps you achieve that goal by providing you with the tools you need in order to do so. You end the journey once you are in a better place.
Want to give it a go? Then give me a call and book an Initial Consultation on 07718975185 or send me an email via firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
This article first posted in Merryfield Hypnotherapy.
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