There is a whole lot of misunderstanding existing amidst people about the science of Hypnotherapy. People, therefore, are unfortunately not able to benefit from this science. We have given below some of the major myths & the responses to the same, based on a renowned authority on this subject.

The only danger of hypnosis is the baseless fear, some people bring to it. 

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  About James Mapes : After graduation from California State University, Northridge, in 1969, with an MA in Theater, he spent two years in Repertory Theater. He has been seen in over 150 television shows and feature films including Good Morning America, CNN and Fox Family Television.

MYTH # 1 :
Hypnosis is a mysterious magic power : 
Hypnosis was accepted as a science by the American Medical Association in 1958. There is nothing supernatural or magical about hypnosis. The fear people have of hypnosis reflects lack of knowledge, fear of the unknown or historical prejudice.

MYTH # 2 : 
Only weak willed and unintelligent people can be hypnotized : 
In truth, the opposite is true. The stronger the will and the more intelligent the easier it is for a subject to enter into "state". Everyone goes in to and out of a trance state many times a day: daydreaming, watching television, working at a computer, becoming so absorbed that you lose track of time, etc. Willingness, time, circumstances and the competence of the hypnotist are all factors in a person becoming hypnotized. I believe the ability to be hypnotized, or hypnotize yourself, is a skill. Some people have it naturally, like a child prodigy in music, and some need to practice in order to develop the skill. The majority of people fall in the latter category.

MYTH # 3 : 
A subject can enter a hypnotic trance and not awaken : 
Impossible! Impossible! Impossible! If you understand the concept of hypnosis, you will understand why. It’s as ridiculous as believing a person can get stuck, forever, watching television. Even if the hypnotist were to walk away or drop dead in the middle of a show, the subjects would either open their eyes immediately or drift off into a normal sleep.

MYTH # 4 : 
People who are hypnotized can be made to do anything, even if it’s against their will : 
Numerous studies have shown that participants will only act in a way that is congruent with their values and morals. People will only do, on stage, what they would normally do, given the right circumstances. Of course, people can be manipulated, lied to or coerced into doing things against their morals or values but you don’t need hypnosis to do that.

MYTH # 5 :
Hypnosis will cause you to reveal your deepest hidden secrets : 
This is one of the biggest fears that stop people from participating in the show. Hypnosis is not a truth drug which somehow breaks down the will of the subject. People, in a hypnotic state, always know what they are saying and what they are doing and will not do anything against their will or moral values.

MYTH # 6 : 
Hypnosis is in some way anti-Christian or the work of the devil : 
This is the myth which creates the kind of fear which is hard to debate. The official view of the Catholic Church, is that "Hypnotism’s Licit if used for licit purposes." (Source: New Catholic Encyclopedia). All the other major religions have investigated hypnosis and approved it as a medical technique. And still, peoples’ fear sometimes manipulates them in to believing hypnosis is something more than it is.

MYTH # 7 : 
When you’re in a trance, you are unaware of everything : 
The word "trance" is confusing enough. Dictionary definitions of trance range from " a state of absorption" to "a stunned condition", from, "dazed" to "stupor". No wonder people are confused.

Different people have different reactions to being in a trance state: Some people feel a sense of heaviness or lightness. Some people feel a tingling sensation and some feel nothing. The most important thing to remember is, in a trance state, you are aware of everything. In fact, your senses are heightened and your awareness is at a peak.

MYTH # 8 : 
Hypnosis can cure anything : 
Hypnosis cures nothing nor is it a panacea. It is in the state of hypnosis where the real, excuse the word, "magic" happens. With hypnosis you can tap into your own power to heal, manage pain, enhance creativity and athletic ability or eliminate negative habits. Hypnosis is, without a doubt, one of the most underutilized and powerful tools available for personal development. It can also greatly enhance your emotional and physical well-being.

MYTH # 9 : 
Hypnosis is dangerous and should only be used by specially trained physicians : 
Hypnosis is a tool of communication not medicine. Physicians practice medicine. Hypnotists practice hypnosis. Many physicians have embraced hypnosis & use it in pain control. Psychiatrists often use hypnosis in combination with psychotherapy.