Common fears of hypnosis

I won't be able to go into hypnosis
The main function of the subconscious mind is to protect you and ensure your survival at all levels of existence. It is therefore understandable that the subconscious mind will try to prevent any situation where it feels your safety, and therefore your survival, is being threatened. Some people may thus resist going into hypnosis due to fears based on misconceptions about hypnosis, or because they do not trust the hypnotherapist. It is therefore of paramount importance to select a psychologist with professional training in hypnotherapy from a recognised facility who will be able to clear up all misconceptions about hypnosis and instill trust.

Evil spirits could take possession of me while I am in hypnosis
In hypnosis you are awake, aware, in control and cannot be made to do anything against your will. The main function of your subconscious mind is to protect you and ensure your survival at all levels of existence. Therefore neither you nor your subconscious mind will allow anything to happen that could be harmful to you while you are in hypnosis.

I won't be able to come out of hypnosis
In hypnosis you are awake, aware and in control - similar to when you are not in hypnosis. Therefore the state of hypnosis actually feels so normal that you will doubt that you were in hypnosis at all. You would even be surprised to discover that a whole hour have elapsed while to you it felt like five minutes. Seeing that you are awake in hypnosis anyway, you will always return to the ordinary, usual way of functioning when you are ready. Even if you fall asleep while you are in hypnosis - which could happen - you will sleep normally and awake as from normal sleep.

I'm scared hypnosis is dangerous
The subconscious mind is immensely complex and therefore unpredictable things could happen while you are in hypnosis. In the hands of an experienced, professionally trained hypnotherapist, it is not dangerous because this professional is trained to handle such situations. On the other hand hypnosis could be very damaging when practiced by a lay person not properly trained in much more than just how to hypnotise.

I am scared the focus of the hypnotherapy will be on my childhood and not on the problems that I am experiencing now in adulthood
During hypnotherapy the focus is not so much on the rational, reasonably controlled, adult mind as it is on the emotionally charged, irrational behaviour over which you have little or no control now in adulthood. The seeds of past behaviour were planted early in life and as the years go by tend to self propagate. In hypnosis it is the child's perceptions that need to change in order for the adult's behaviour to change accordingly. The focus of hypnotherapy is actually to trace emotional patterns of response.

Childhood experiences could have a lifelong effect on a person's behaviour and therefore understanding these helps overcome present problems. The most valuable tool to accomplish tracing emotional patterns of response is age regression in hypnosis. The adult / rational mind is then used to overcome old, negative patterns for this is the area of the mind that is able to take in and use positive suggestions.
Common fears of hypnosis - in a nutshell...

People are mistakenly concerned that one may be asleep, relinquish control, could be "programmed" to act contrary to their value systems or against their will. None of this is true!
Dr Lorna Geer
Copyright 2017
Last updated on 10 May 2017
Counselling Psychologist
Centurion, Pretoria