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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.