Yes!

Voici quelques craintes et idées fausses courantes à propos de l'hypnothérapie et de l'hypnose:

Vais-je dormir?

Non. Hypnosis is not sleep. You will be aware of everything that’s going on. It’s common for people new to hypnotherapy to think that it’s ‘not working’, because they are still aware of everything. That’s not true.

Many of the techniques we will explore together make use of only a very light trance, sometimes just a conversational trance. You may not even be aware that we are working in a trance state, but at any point in which you are deeply focused on either what I am saying or what you are thinking or talking about, you will likely be in a light trance. You can find out more about trance states and hypnotherapy here (National Council for Hypnotherapy external website).

During some techniques, however, you may become so deeply relaxed that you fall into a light sleep. This is a different state to hypnosis and is likely only to last for a very brief time before you wake up naturally.

Will I forget what happens while I’m hypnotised?

Non. Modern hypnotherapy, including the work that I will do with you, is conducted while you are in a light trance state. Most people know exactly what’s going on almost all of the time when they are in this state. While you  might not remember afterwards every word that I have said to you, you will be aware of everything at the time and you will remember every part of the hypnotherapy process. In the unlikely event of my saying something to you while in this relaxed state that you were not happy or comfortable with, you would be able to object to it immediately.

Vais-je perdre le contrôle?

Non. Je n'ai pas le pouvoir de vous faire faire quoi que ce soit contre votre volonté. Mon rôle en hypnothérapie est de vous guider à travers le processus thérapeutique vers un résultat positif. Vous participerez à chaque étape du processus, toujours en contrôlant si vous voulez arrêter ou continuer.

Vais-je glousser comme un poulet?

Non. Enfin, sauf si vous le souhaitez! Les hypnotiseurs de scène ne semblent avoir ce pouvoir sur les gens que parce qu'ils ont sélectionné des personnes extrêmement influençables, généralement des extravertis, qui veulent accepter ce type d'expérience. À aucun moment le gloussement de poulet ne sera bénéfique à votre hypnothérapie, nous l'éviterons donc. Sauf si, bien sûr, cela serait bénéfique pour votre thérapie… mais vous seul pouvez me le dire.

Vais-je révéler mes secrets les plus sombres?

Non. And unless they are beneficial to the hypnotherapy, I don’t really want to know them! Your secrets will remain secret. Any information you do tell me will be totally of your own free will, and will remain confidential.

Seules les personnes crédules peuvent être hypnotisées, non?

Faux! There is a big difference between gullibility and suggestibility  All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. I am simply guiding you to relax yourself, and asking you to follow my instructions and suggestions. I can’t force you to do it, or do it for you. Actually, people who are willing to try out new ideas and are open to new experiences usually see better results from hypnotherapy.

Vais-je rester coincé dans l'hypnose?

Absolument pas. You will always wake up out of hypnosis. Of course, the trance state is a very pleasant state to be in, and you may choose to stay in it for a few moments longer than necessary. But that would be your choice.

Mais je ne peux pas être hypnotisé…

Vous pouvez. Hypnosis is a natural state – we are in hypnosis many times each day. We pass through hypnosis on our way to sleep and when we wake up each morning. Recent studies of ultradian rhythms (biorhythms that are less than one day long) conclude that every 90 to 120 minutes we pass into a state physiologically identical to hypnosis. So, when people ask: “Can I be hypnotised?” the answer is: “You already have been.”

Becoming absorbed in a good book or movie is experiencing hypnosis. Driving on long trips on automatic pilot is known as motorway hypnosis. Becoming bored or allowing your mind to drift away leads to hypnosis. Becoming extremely engaged in something and allowing your mind to focus means that you are experiencing hypnosis. Because of the rhythmic sounds and swaying, riding on the train is often a highly hypnotic experience.

Hypnosis is a state in which you can think clearly, and your imagination is active. It’s a state where you could move if you wanted to or if there were an emergency, but you would rather just remain pleasantly relaxed. It’s a state in which beneficial ideas can more quickly and easily gain access to the inner mind. And because we all experience trance states each day, we can understand just how safe it is.

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