Hypnosis has been around for a long time (check History of hypnosis), and yet there’s still a veil of mystery around it. Although today it’s a recognized practice that helps people resolve many issues related to both their physical and mental health, some myths surrounding it persist – and many people wonder even if hypnosis is a real deal, or a magicians’ trick used to entertain the theater audience.
Well, one thing that you perhaps didn’t know about it: hypnosis is very much real 🙂 You can check the core hypnosis page of our site to learn more about it, but this article deals with some interesting facts that are mostly unknown to the wider public. An extra point for you if you’re already familiar with more than one of the things below!
1. You’re “Hypnotizing” Yourself Every Day, Without Even Knowing It!
Hypnosis is actually a natural state of mind; it’s not sleep, it’s a state of deep relaxation and focus that we’re experiencing when, for example, we’re falling asleep, or when we’re reading a book that occupies so much that we don’t notice anything else around us. Driving long distances often makes us enter that state as well, and zoning out in front of TV, and daydreaming, and… So, you’ve never been hypnotized before, hum? 🙂
2. People Have Surgeries Under Hypnosis! Yes, Today!
That’s right, there’s even a term that describes it: hypnosurgery – defined as
an operation where the patient is sedated using hypnotherapy rather than traditional anesthetics.
The patient is fully aware of everything that’s going on around him, they even feel that doctors are doing something to their body, but instead of pain, they usually feel a tingling and tickling sensation. There are tons of news stories covering this (it’s a sensation, after all!) – here’s one, and here’s a video of a small procedure – this patient had a biopsy done under hypnosis:
We trust that you won’t be trying this at home, but we have to add a word of caution: the man from the first story is a professional hypnotherapist, and the man in the video was hypnotized by a professional hypnotherapist, so you need at least one of them (plus a surgeon) to do this. Also, you should know that hypnosurgery is still in its experimental stages and not often used.
3. There Is a Correlation Between Hypnotic Susceptibility and Intelligence – and Not in the Way You’re Probably Thinking 😉
People usually think that those with low IQ are more hypnotizable than the rest of the population – actually, some studies show (and most hypnotherapists agree) that those who are highly hypnotizable tend to be just a little more intelligent and a little more creative, or at least they have to have an average IQ – which makes perfect sense if you know anything about how hypnosis works: those with severe mental disabilities cannot be hypnotized because they aren’t able to understand the hypnotic suggestions.
People with higher functioning brains get much better results much faster. That’s just how things work.
4. You Will Probably Remember Everything that Happened During a Hypnotic Session
People don’t fall asleep during hypnosis – in fact, most of us are fully aware of the suggestions that are given to us, and remember it. Only a small percentage of people are able to enter a deep trance that can keep them from remembering what the hypnotherapist said.
5. You Can’t Be Hypnotized to Jump, Run, Squeak, Bark, or to Do Anything Else That Might Embarrass You (unless that’s what you want)
In order for the hypnotic suggestions to take effect, you have to be willing to participate and to accept the change that the suggestions will cause in your mind. That’s why hypnotherapy is often used in the self improvement field: people who want to stop smoking, or to improve their self confidence, are willing to make that change, and are pursuing that goal with their conscious mind and efforts as well. Hypnosis can just help them reach that goal easier – but still, if someone doesn’t really want to stop smoking, no hypnotherapist in the world can make him do it.
So, if you don’t want to bark like a dog, you won’t be. Promise!
6. Hypnosis Was Practiced by Ancient Greeks and Ancient Egyptians (and many other Ancients)!
So no, it wasn’t invented in 19th or 20th century. Ancient religions used hypnotic-like trance either to induce dreams to the sick people (that the priests would analyze to find the cause of a problem), or to achieve a higher state of mind that will help them understand the future, or the will of gods.
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