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Misconceptions and Prejudices About Hypnosis


1 Misunderstandings and prejudices about hypnosis Many of the things presented here are still controversially discussed and presented among experts. A wide gap often opens up, especially between supporters of a classic directive / authoritarian method and those of a more indirect / permissive (permissive) method, as well as between therapists and show hypnotists. Most of the topics listed cannot be answered with an unequivocal yes or no, but one should rather say "It depends." This is an attempt to address common questions and misunderstandings in a way that is as easy to understand as possible and yet not too superficial. However, if I wanted to deal with the subject in detail, a whole book would be needed. Read about the individual topics here: Misunderstanding: Hypnosis is like deep sleep - you can no longer get anything with sleep. Strictly speaking, hypnosis has nothing to do with sleep, even if it is usually a very relaxed state and there are certain similarities. But there are just as many differences. In any case, hypnosis is not sleep. The hypnotic state is more like the transition between sleeping and waking up or falling asleep. The experts call this the hypnagogic state. In the state of hypnosis (which is also known as trance), even in the deepest trance states, you will be aware of everything that is happening around you. Even if some hypnotists claim the opposite. This at least applies to everything that would be really important, because in fact the goal of therapeutic hypnosis is to focus the attention and to direct it inwards, to the inner experience, so that disturbing external influences or thoughts are more and more faded out. The interesting thing is that everything in the marginal area of ​​perception is still perceived, and should this contain something really important, it would immediately provoke a corresponding reaction in the person in a trance. This is true even in the deepest trance states! This is even confirmed by Dave Elman, one of the great classics of hypnosis in the middle of the last century. Elman is known for being able to help people in a few minutes (or even faster) to get into the deepest trance states (but by no means all, as he himself points out!), Even into the so-called comatose trance or the Esdaile state, in which there is absolute freedom from pain. But even these patients kept reporting that they had noticed everything around them! Due to another phenomenon that occurs frequently in the hypnotic state, it often seems to the affected person that he has not noticed anything: amnesia, the forgetting of the contents of the trance. This amnesia can occur spontaneously or the therapist could intentionally induce it for specific purposes. Such amnesia can be reversed at any time and the person remembers everything

2 Misunderstanding: One becomes a willless tool It is true of all suggestions that they are only accepted if they are in some way pleasant, acceptable and useful for the person. This is especially true for suggestions for generating hypnotic phenomena, such as hallucinations. A high level of motivation, such as that found in patients with severe pain, is also beneficial. Of course, the skilled hypnotist / hypnotherapist has a whole range of possibilities to make things palatable to the client (we know that from advertising, right?). After all, it is a matter of avoiding the usual critical thinking and thus being able to use the creativity of the unconscious. As already explained in the previous section, the person who is in a hypnotic state is by no means unconscious, but rather sees everything that happens to him and around him. Neither does it become a willless tool! So there is not the slightest danger that someone in a trance does something that speaks against his convictions, morals or ethics! Such things are only found in crime novels, and even in show hypnosis one is often led to believe something like that (more on this below). Every suggestion, every command of a hypnotist that goes against the client's own beliefs or would harm him, is either ignored by him or he comes out of the trance indignant. The context in which hypnosis takes place is also crucial, because it depends on what the person expects in a trance and what things they agree to internally. So, of course, show hypnosis is a completely different framework from therapy. Misunderstanding: You reveal secrets that you would rather keep to yourself Nobody in a hypnotic state reveals things that they really want or should keep to themselves. This is essentially evident from the previous sections. You can even lie consciously or unconsciously in hypnosis! However, it is the goal of hypnosis to bypass the overly critical mind and to gain access to unconscious things and to promote involuntary processes (for example the associative rise of inner images). Of course, this also means that you may be less critical of what you convey to the person guiding you through the hypnosis. Ultimately, this is a sign and a question of trust. Without trust and a harmonious cooperation (report), no effective hypnotherapeutic work is possible. Why should you let someone you do not trust accompany you into a trance? (Incidentally, this is something that you experience on a daily basis when you are put into a trance by advertising, politicians, people who give a lecture or preach, mostly without you being aware of it)

3 Misunderstanding: Only mentally weak and gullible people can be hypnotized.First of all, the expression hypnotizing someone or being hypnotized is not entirely happy because it does not reflect what happens during a trance, at least not in a modern cooperative trance work like that used for Example developed and taught by the American psychiatrist Milton H. Erickson. Mostly the opposite is the case: people who are mentally active, alert and intelligent are the better trance media, that is, they go into trance more easily and are better able to use the trance work for themselves. But what is particularly useful and beneficial - regardless of intelligence - is a basic willingness and a certain open curiosity. Misunderstanding: I don't think I can be hypnotized That's right! Nobody can hypnotize you unless you are fundamentally ready to do so. Hypnosis, especially therapeutic hypnosis, is a collaborative process between the therapist and you, and if you don't want to get involved, why seek out a hypnotherapist? If you consciously resist it, rarely will anyone be able to do anything for you, and therapy would then be very arduous. However, it is quite possible for a skilled hypnotist to surprise unsuspecting people with hypnosis induction. Old Master Erickson often made fun of leading people into a trance while shaking hands. And, it is also a fact, as I mentioned above, that you are constantly being put into a trance by people, probably without you being aware of it: teachers, politicians, professors, priests, advertisers, television and much more. Trance is a completely natural state that everyone knows from everyday life. That is why everyone is able to go into a trance. We do this naturally every day. Often we perceive this as dozing off, or as being completely absorbed in an activity. (Personally, I only work with the consent and full cooperation of my clients. For me, this is simply a question of appreciation and a cooperative formation of relationships.) And what then really happens during hypnosis? So, anyone can go into a trance (hypnotic state). But the whole thing is not yet hypnosis or hypnotherapy. This sets in when we begin to use this state in a targeted manner. In stage hypnosis, this may happen by deepening the trance to such an extent that, for example, people hallucinate things, that is, perceive things that are not there. In therapy, a use of the trance could be that we go back to a state (or create it in the imagination) in which the client has already experienced desired properties and - 3 -

4 Let him experience this with all of his senses and make it available for the future. In the same way, it is possible to relive stressful experiences from the past (including forgotten content) and to heal in a therapeutic context. To this end, the therapist (or the stage hypnotist) makes various invitations and suggestions (suggestions) to the person concerned, which they may or may not accept. If you don't want to accept these invitations, then you just won't. No therapist or hypnotist can force you. But of course there are a number of methods for professional users to encourage readiness. There are people who can more easily go into a trance and obey suggestions; Others have more difficulties with it and have to practice it a little first. Misunderstanding: What if I don't come back? I can reassure you there. Returning from hypnosis is just as natural as entering. This is usually initiated by the therapist using appropriate suggestions. For example, he could say I'm going to count to 10 now, and then you will open your eyes, be freshly rested, and be very comfortable. You are then wide awake, completely back here at this time and in this place. Or he could invite you to come back on your own within the next 1 to 2 minutes and then open your eyes, wide awake, very content, well rested, and perfectly healthy. Sometimes you will end the trance on your own initiative and return to the waking state. This can be done even in the middle of a job, and it's perfectly fine. A skilled therapist even knows how to use this to make further work even more effective. Misunderstanding: Only very deep trances are really successful (Or: With the methods of modern (Ericksonian) hypnotherapy and its further developments, it is not possible to achieve deep trance states.) This view is still held today, also by a number of experts , represented, but so exclusively it is definitely wrong. This is evidenced by the many groundbreaking successes that both Milton Erickson and his countless successors have had. It has been shown that you only need light to medium trance depths for most therapeutic uses. This also applies to the application of revealing methods in the sense of a so-called hypnoanalysis, which can be used very successfully with many people in light to medium trance states. Any trance depth can be achieved with direct authoritarian suggestions as well as with indirect, permissive (allowing) methods. Erickson developed his much more subtle methods, among other things, to better suit the individuality of his clients and patients and was even able to help people who did not respond to direct authoritarian suggestions

5 But in a hypnosis show I saw ... Sometimes you see quite spectacular things in hypnosis shows. Some of them may actually be quite spectacular to the uninitiated, others just look that way. Many things that excite the unsuspecting layperson don't even have much to do with hypnosis. To get someone to do a striptease (at least to a certain extent) or dance on a table, pretend you're behind the wheel of a car and things like that, a lot of people join in after their second or third beer is it not so? This is not the slightest evidence that someone would have really given his will to the hypnotist and cannot do anything else. Everyone who volunteers in the context of such a show says yes to the success of a fantastic show at the same moment (unless he is a typical mismatcher (someone who always does the opposite and claims what others do and say), but then he is Quickly exposed by a skilled stage hypnotist and sent back to his seat. Most serious show hypnotists even clearly point out that the basic willingness to cooperate is an essential requirement. So be careful! I am not saying that in a hypnosis show Really good hypnotists are able to lead the right people into deep trance states in a quick way and to perform a wide variety of trance phenomena Show hypnotists repeatedly claim something different)! And some men They are downright happy (consciously or unconsciously) to have an excuse to do something that might otherwise meet with displeasure as soon as they are given the opportunity. You know it when, for example, someone says: I couldn't help it, I was drunk!, Right? In addition, we must not underestimate the pressure to be successful up there on stage. Many people do everything they can to avoid disappointing the audience or the hypnotist. On the other hand, too much "compliance" (willingness to participate) is rather a hindrance for the demonstration of really deep trance phenomena. Even "grandmasters" of hypnosis like Dave Elman or Sabrenno (Georg Nikolaus Brenneis) say: Nobody can be sent into hypnosis against their will. Sabrenno was an extremely capable and profound (show) hypnotist of the last century. He emphasizes: We cannot bring anyone into criminal behavior without his consent! Trance phenomena include, for example, catalepsy or various types of hallucinations. Catalepsy is a phenomenon in which parts of the body or even the whole body become like stiff. - One arm floats in the air as if by itself, the legs seem - 5 -

6 becoming powerless and the person can no longer stand up, no longer move the arm, the mouth is stiff and can no longer speak and the like. If the person really wanted to, or suddenly needed, they could without hesitation! But she just doesn't want to, is way too lazy, or simply believes in what she was told, and those are the really crucial points. The person has accepted the hypnotist's suggestion to the point of becoming a reality. A popular show insert is the cataleptic bridge, in which a person is placed between two chairs (so that only the feet and shoulders rest on, for example) and the body remains stiffly between the two chairs without any effort. This type of catalepsy often occurs even at very shallow trance depths. Unfortunately, one sees again and again that ambitious show hypnotists then have a person sit down on the person lying down, or even stand themselves on it. If someone already has a back injury, this is an extremely questionable endeavor that should be abandoned. Real hallucinations normally require much deeper trance states - we only need that very rarely in therapy. However, it is often difficult to say how real the hallucination really is. Just because someone on stage is fleeing from a tiger that is not there, as if afraid, does not mean that this person actually believes that they are seeing a real tiger. Tad James, a world-famous NLP and hypnosis trainer likes to put it this way: There are people who make a lot of money with their hallucinations. - They are called architects! You see houses where there aren't any! As I said, there are also such realistic hallucinations (which can occur on all sensory channels - visual, auditory, kinesthetic (body sensation) or with regard to the sense of smell or taste) that the person concerned perceives as absolutely realistic. Much depends on the ability of the hypnotist, but much more on the natural ability of the person he is working with. That is why you often see participants in the shows who do not succeed in all of the demonstrations. Yes, and then so-called post-hypnotic suggestions are very popular. These are suggestions that come into effect on cue after the end of the trance. An example could be that we say to a participant in a show: Every time I scratch my head right after you come back from the trance, you will have a sip of water! (From a glass that stands in front of him). The person concerned will then (if everything works out) do exactly this and maybe even think that the water is the tastiest beer (taste hallucination). But if you asked him more closely, many would - 6 -

7 maybe answer something like this: Of course I heard the suggestion, and of course I could resist it, but I was thirsty anyway and why should I not drink anything then? We must never underestimate how much more people under hypnosis see than it seems, and sometimes it is a question of compliance, the willingness to cooperate. But the most important thing in this context: Nobody can be forced to do anything under hypnosis that they actually do not want and that violates their deepest convictions. A post-hypnotic suggestion to commit some kind of crime or to become a completely willless object of the hypnotist is an exciting topic for crime novels, but in my opinion it does not correspond in the slightest to the reality of what is possible (solely) through hypnosis. To create such an impression, unfortunately, also serves the business of stage hypnotists, who simply live from the spectacular and like to surround themselves with the flair of almost supernatural power over other people. So there are also those who vehemently represent the opposite of the opinion presented here. The sentence I once heard from a client, which such a person in a discotheque said to her in response to her skepticism about whether she could be hypnotized, is only true and necessary for the ego of that person, but absolute nonsense: I only needed my finger to snap and you would be in deep hypnosis! Such behavior not only harms therapeutic hypnosis, but in my opinion equally harms show hypnosis. So crime not possible under hypnosis? Unfortunately, it's not that easy! With skillful application with skillful seduction, a lot can be achieved, but that doesn't even require hypnosis, as we all know. What sometimes seems to be proof (even for the hypnotists themselves) that a person under hypnosis can actually be brought to dangerous or criminal things against his will, turns out to be quite questionable on closer inspection: Example: A man is hypnotized brought to a container with poisonous snakes. His statement later (after the show): I would never have done that if I hadn't been sure that nothing would happen to me here! Years ago I had a huge python hanging around my neck in a circus (not at all under hypnosis). I only did that because I could be sure that the artist had everything under control (actually I don't like snakes and I would never even touch one of my own free will)

8 Example: A woman shoots (with blank cartridges) at a dangerous tiger. However, the tiger is actually a human being and the woman has been suggested an illusionary misjudgment, so that she regards him as a dangerous monster that threatens her. Proof that one can commit murder with skillful means under hypnosis. Not at all! Anyone who argues in this way has not yet understood the complexity of human beings. George Estabrooks, one of the very great hypnotists at the beginning and middle of the last century, rightly points out that real evidence can only be produced if the result is really a corpse in the experiment room (or on the stage)! Why? Because people have an incredible ability to share in the knowledge that the people present and who carry them out know. It is not for nothing that pharmacy conducts double-blind studies in which neither the doctor nor the patient knows whether an active preparation or a placebo has been administered. In this way, most of the apparent evidence can be invalidated quite quickly.Most of the presentations live from the myth of hypnosis and an image of the omnipotence of the hypnotists. Always remember: It's a show, and behavior like this is usually well received, but it creates and reinforces a completely wrong impression. Unfortunately some (or rather too many) of these performances are downright degrading and inhumane, but I do not want to discredit all those who run their show business seriously and professionally. In any case, show hypnosis is a business that thrives on a kind of omnipotence myth. The very special context of a hypnosis show creates its own kind of reality and effect. But even among therapists there is a whole series of people who are in a certain way subject to the same myth and like to see themselves as the great doers who help other people to be happy, healed and independent. In my experience, however, any selfishness and false pride in therapy is more harmful than useful. Milton Erickson, the famous American doctor and hypnotherapist, liked to put it this way: The stage hypnotist likes to pride himself on his skills and his power over others to show what a great guy he is. The good hypnotherapist enables clients to experience what wonderful people they are and what kind of achievements they are really capable of! As you may see, the whole thing is a very complex topic and many questions cannot actually be answered with a simple yes or no! - 8th -

9 Blog on the subject of crimes in hypnosis There is seldom so much nonsense, coupled with half-knowledge, as written on this subject. - The Internet is patient and the layperson rarely notices when someone brings up arguments with conviction that are not right (sometimes even sheer nonsense). Most of the arguments and evidence cited about the alleged dangerousness of hypnosis does not stand up to closer scrutiny. This also applies to the show on Gallileo Mystery 2009 with a Berlin psychologist who has a doctorate. In many ways the discussion seems to me as if someone wants to emphasize and prove the dangerousness of a hammer or a car. - We all know that a car is dangerous on the road and that, like a hammer (and many other useful things in everyday life) it can be used for crime and violence, right? If you want to deal with the subject of crime in hypnosis in more detail, you will find a very qualified article here: