Consumer reports recently published an article asking that question and you might be surprised by the answer.
Most people think of hypnosis and hypnotherapy as being some sort of mind control like what they see in the movies. Most things we see in the movies aren’t real. True? Swinging watches and words like “You’re getting very sleepy” have absolutely nothing to do with hypnotherapy.
Here is what Consumer Reports’ research suggests and is very accurate.
You Are Aware and in Control
“During hypnotherapy, the practitioner will use words to help you relax deeply, then offer suggestions through stories or mental images for coping with your health concerns. Hypnosis doesn’t—as some may fear—put you under the hypnotist’s control or make you unaware of what’s happening around you. In fact, you’re hyper-focused, like being engrossed in a great book or movie.
“Other things fade into the background, so you can more easily respond to therapeutic suggestions,” says Gary Elkins, Ph.D., the director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Afterward, you don’t suddenly “come to,” wondering where you’ve been and what you did. Most people recall sessions clearly.”
Continue reading the article at Consumer Reports.