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6 Common misconceptions about hypnosis

As you venture into the marvellous world of hypnosis you'll begin to find that members of the public often have misconceptions, fears or beliefs about what hypnosis is and how they may respond to 'hypnosis'. It's your job as the hypnotist to dispel these beliefs in order to improve your chances of getting a subject under.

A great place to do this is either in your pre-talk or to simply ask your intended subject what they think hypnosis is.

Here we look at some of the misconceptions we've encountered and we also list our general responses to them.

1. Can you get stuck in hypnosis?

This is a common fear that people have and a question that we're asked time and time again. Our response is to generally explain that hypnosis is a natural state that we encounter in our daily lives, like those times when you're driving somewhere and you forget where you're going. Just like you don't get stuck in that trance you won't get stuck in hypnosis. In fact you could open your eyes any time you wished to do so.

2. Will I get turned into a chicken?

This question nearly always comes up and we're not really sure why? We guess it may be along the same thread as to why people to this day avoid the front row of a comedy show because they saw a show from the 70's or 80's where a comic picked on the front row however, in today's world this isn't the case.

We've personally never turned anyone into chickens and we've never seen a hypnotist deliver this suggestion. As it happens, comedy hypnotist Matt Hale recently had a show aptly called 'The Chicken Free Tour.'

Our response is to tell the subject that it's not something we do unless they want to be our first 'chicken' however, we prefer ducks.

3. I don't want you messing with my mind

Another common misconception. I personally remember a friends mother going white as a sheet and screaming at me to stop 'messing with her sons mind' when I got him to do an arm levitation the first time I performed hypnosis at a family party.

Our response to this is that hypnosis is a 2 way street and although it's about trusting me (the hypnotist) it's also about trusting yourself. We can't force you to do anything under hypnosis that you wouldn't do in a normal waking state.

4. Will I black out?

People often think that they'll bla