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  • Writer's pictureDennis Carroll

Misconceptions About NLP and Hypnosis

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

In one form or another, hypnosis has been used for thousands of years. Shamans used trances to instruct and heal people. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks also used something similar to a hypnotic trance with their dream temples of healing.

The understanding of hypnosis has greatly increased in the past few hundred years. Despite the increased knowledge, some people still have some misconceptions about the practice, even though hypnosis has helped thousands with weight-loss and hypnosis is very effective for quitting smoking. Here is what Premier Life Coaching thinks that you should know about some common myths that people have about hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis techniques are all the same

Some people believe that hypnosis is always the same. However, there are many different techniques that are used within the umbrella of hypnosis. The two primary approaches to hypnosis are called authoritarian techniques and permissive techniques.

Authoritarian techniques are instructive and direct, and they do not work for everyone. Permissive techniques are subtle. The hypnotherapist works together with his or her client to utilize the client’s ability to see their issue to find a way forward. This type of hypnosis tries to identify strategies for how to change your script.

Subliminal messaging works while you are sleeping

Subliminal messages are information of which you are unaware. If you become aware of a message, it is not subliminal. If subliminal messaging worked while you were sleeping, and you fell asleep while watching a television program, you should know what happened in the show when you woke up.

When you are in a hypnotic trance, you are not sleeping. You might think that you were, but you were not. During a trance, you are in a state of awareness that is focused. it is similar to a state when you lose yourself in an event. A trance allows you to hear ideas and messages without being consciously aware of them. These messages then can help you to achieve behavioral change.

Some people cannot be hypnotized

Everyone has the ability to go into a trance. Every time that you find yourself concentrating away distractions, you are using a trance. An experienced hypnotherapist who takes time to learn about you can use his or her range of skills to help you while you are in a hypnotic state.

Hypnosis does require your cooperation. If you do not want to be hypnotized, you can tell yourself that you are unable to be hypnotized. It will not happen when you tell yourself these types of messages. However, there is little point in seeing a hypnotherapist if you are determined for the process not to work.

A hypnotherapist makes you go into a trance

A hypnotherapist does not force you into a trance. Instead, he or she helps you through a process of self-hypnosis. A hypnotherapist helps you to go into a trance state, but he or she will not make you do anything strange. Hypnosis is not a form of mind control that the hypnotherapist has over you.

You lose control when you are in a hypnotic trance

Some people are afraid of hypnotherapy because they worry that they will lose control. They might worry that they will tell their innermost secrets when they are in a trance. Some people also fear hypnosis because they dislike having someone else making decisions for them.

People who prefer to be in control are often good subjects for hypnosis because they have detailed information that allows the hypnotherapist to gain greater insight into their situations. This can help a hypnotherapist to identify the most effective ways to help.

Contact Premier NLP Life Coaching

Hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming are effective strategies that can help you to find effective solutions to the problems and issues that you are facing. These techniques can help you to identify and change your unconscious mind so that you can achieve the changes that you would like to experience in your life. At Premier Life Coaching, we use a variety of techniques to help our clients to live happier and more fulfilling lives. To learn how NLP and hypnotherapeutic techniques might be able to help you, contact Premier NLP Life Coaching today by filling out our online contact form.


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