People often fear that being hypnotized will make them lose control, surrender their will, and result in their being dominated, but a hypnotic state is not the same thing as gullibility or weakness. Many people perceive these wrong idea about hypnotism on stage acts. Stage acts help to create a myth about hypnosis which discourage people from seeking legitimate hypnotherapy. In a stage setting, the person who volunteers is comfortable in front of audience. They are highly suggestible , and ready for the “role play”. Stage hypnotists are performers and they will take full advantage of the social pressures and group dynamics of the clients. Therapeutic hypnosis in clinical setting is entirely different from stage hypnosis . Clients who consult with a hypnotist do not come for entertainment. They are in the consulting room for their own burning personal problems.
The fact is that in hypnosis, the client is not under the control of the hypnotist. Hypnosis is not something imposed on people, but something they do for themselves. A hypnotist simply serves as a facilitator to guide them.
Hypnosis and hypnotic suggestion have played a major role in healing thousands of people. Recent research supports the view that hypnotic communication and suggestions effectively change aspects of the persons physiological and neurological functions.
Therapeutic Hypnosis can be used to treat a wide variety of issues. There is convincing evidence that Hypnotherapy can effectively be used in pain relief, overcoming addictions, fears and phobias, stress and anxiety, performance enhancement, surgery preparation...etc
Hypnosis will be optimally effective when the patient is highly motivated to overcome a problem and when the hypnotherapist is well trained in both hypnosis and in general considerations relating to the treatment of the particular problem. It is important to keep in mind that hypnosis is like any other therapeutic modality. It is of major benefit to some patients with some problems, and it is helpful with many other patients, but it can fail, just like any other clinical method.
Modern Hypnotherapists use Hypnosis not only for medical purposes but also as an aid for the solution of many problems of psychological origins. It is estimated that approximately 85% of people of all age groups will readily respond to clinical Hypnotherapy.