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Al Mumma M.S. Licensed Psychologist

723 Park Avenue
North Mankato, MN
507-388-5224

Misconceptions about Hypnosis:

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 base their assumptions about hypnotism on stage acts but fail to take into account that stage hypnotists screen their volunteers to select those who are cooperative with possible exhibitionist tendencies, as well as responsive to hypnosis. Stage acts help create a myth about hypnosis which discourages people from seeking legitimate clinical hypnotherapy.

You will not become unconscious and you will be aware of everything at all times. Your will is not weakened in any way. You are in control and cannot be made to do anything against your will. You will not begin to reveal information you wish to keep secret.

One common misconception is that a hypnotized person loses their will and is partially or completely under the command of the hypnotist. Nothing could be further from the truth. This unfortunate belief is reinforced by many stage hypnotists. You are in control of yourself and cannot be made to do anything that is against your will.

Another myth about hypnosis is that people lose consciousness and have amnesia. The truth is that the majority of people remember everything that occurs in hypnosis. This is beneficial because most of what we want to accomplish in hypnosis may be done in a medium depth trance, where people tend to remember everything.

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