By C. Devin Hastings
Many, many doctors and psychologists state that there are no dangers involved with hypnosis-- only in being ignorant of it.
Dr. David Cheek, M.D., a noted authority writes:
"We can do more harm with ignorance of hypnotism than we could ever do by using hypnosis and suggestion constructively"
Dr. William S. Kroger, author of "Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis," states:
"Platonof, an associate of Pavlov, who used hypnosis over fifty years on over fifty-thousand cases, reports as follows: 'We have never observed any harmful influences on the patient which could be ascribed to the method of hypno-suggestion therapy, or a tendency toward the development of unstable personality, weakening of the will, or pathological urge for hypnosis."
As stated in "The Psychology of Mental Health," Dr. Louie P. Thorpe, Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California, writes:
"Hypnotism is a natural phenomena, and there are no known deleterious effects from its use."
Leslie N. LeCron, Psychologist, states:
"As to self-induction, many thousands have learned it and I have yet to hear a report of any bad results of its use"
Andre M. Weitzenhoffer, Ph.D., a highly regarded authority in the field of mind science, writes:
"As far as it is known today, hypnosis per se is no more dangerous than natural sleep. There is no evidence that hypnosis in itself weakens the will, damages the nervous system or in any way adversely affects the physical or mental well being of individuals."
Hypnosis is extremely effective and powerful self-persuasion.
Yes. The power of hypnosis is documented by doctors, dentists and many other leading health professionals. It was approved as a legitimate medical and dental treatment method by the American Medical Association in 1958.
Not quite. A hypnotist is a motivational coach and a stress management consultant. They accomplish this by being a teacher and a guide. A hypnotist will teach you about your mind relative to how hypnosis helps and then she or he will guide you to a beautiful state of trance where you can empower yourself.
Easily. All it requires is good training. The truth of the matter is that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
Hypnosis in not brainwashing. There are those who think that hypnosis is dangerous because they believe that a hypnotist can implant false memories into someone's brain or alter someone's personality somehow.
No one in a court of law has ever been able to prove that a hypnotized individual did something against their innate morals and values simply because they were in a hypnotic trance.
When you're hypnotized, YOU have complete control of your actions, thoughts and feelings.
Again, the hypnotist can't make you do something you don't really want to do. So if you don't really want to quit smoking, you won't quit. However, hypnosis can improve your odds of success considerably if and when you're ready to quit. Hypnosis can also make the transition of a smoker to a non-smoker easier and faster.
Yes and no. What you see on stage or in the movies is entertainment hypnosis. All of the people participating are volunteers who have agreed to follow the hypnotists suggestions. It is an excellent bet that most of the people on stage are not even hypnotized; they are just go along with the fun.
Absolutely not. A person can't be forced into a state of trance. What is really interesting is that medical professionals have determined that when a person is truly in a deep state of trance, they have greater control of their minds and bodies than they do in a state of 'normal' or non-hypnotic consciousness.
Absolutely not. Nor will a person ever reveal secrets while in a state of trance. So, if you're thinking of hypnotizing your husband and getting him to tell you his secrets, forget it.
Is this Past Life Regression stuff a hoax or what?
Please remember that there was a time when all the greatest minds agreed that humans would never fly. Also, what would have been the common reaction 30 years ago to the idea of a TV the size of a wristwatch? Past Life Regression may someday fall into that same category. There are a number of cases that have been documented and apparently verified. It has also been shown to be useful in helping people to effect positive change in their present lives. At the very least, it is a fun an interesting topic of conversation.
Can hypnosis be used medically?
Yes. The astonishing effects of hypnosis has been documented time and time again by doctors and other health professionals. However no ethical or professional hypnotist will ever perform any medically related hypnotic work without proper medical authorization. To do so, ever for headaches, is illegal and could be dangerous.
Please bear in mind that hypnosis has been extensively documented to help people with many health, medical, emotional and motivation situations.
Something to consider...Could it somehow be harmful if a person did not learn how to use their mind in an effective and powerful manner?
"As you think, so you are."