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No: Myths & Misconceptions.

18 Myths About Hypnosis

Myth #1:

A hypnotist is a person gifted with special, mystical or unusual powers.



A hypnotist is a regular human being who has no unusual or mystical powers. A well-trained and experienced hypnotist understands that the person hypnotizes himself. As Dave Elman, one of the forefathers of contemporary hypnosis, put it, "All hypnosis is self-hypnosis." A hypnotherapist uses the effective delivery of suggestions to facilitate an altered state of mind and teaches his client to bring about or self-induce the hypnotic state. This, however, could be misleading because to induce the right level of trance and teach a client to self-induce the altered state, a person has to be guided very precisely by a well-trained hypnotist. Self-hypnosis in its pure form, without an experienced facilitator, takes years or practice and mastery to achieve the same results on your own. This way the critical factor is bypassed and beneficial suggestions are easily and naturally accepted by the subconscious mind.

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