I don’t have to tell you that smoking is a nasty habit and it is bad for your health. You already know that and you have probably tried all kinds of different methods for quitting and failed which is why you are reading this article.
However, thanks to the entertainment industry there are a lot of common misconceptions among people about hypnosis which is the main reason why hypnotherapy is very often their last resort. The truth is, hypnotherapy to stop smoking is probably one of the most effective methods. A qualified hypnotherapist with today’s techniques has a success rate of around 80%, which is still way higher compared to most of the other methods for quitting. But, it is also important to note that you shouldn’t allow yourself being fooled by marketing tricks like inflated success rates or people that guarantee success. Healthcare professionals such as psychiatrists and psychologists, never offer guarantees.
Having that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the most common misconceptions surrounding hypnotherapy.
- During hypnosis, you can be made to do things against your will.
This, of course, is not true. No one can make you believe you’re a chicken, real life is not Looney Toons. In fact, during a session, you are totally aware of what’s going on and you have complete control. The hypnotherapist can’t make you do anything against your will since he is only a facilitator.
- Hypnosis works as a truth serum
Being under hypnosis doesn’t mean you can’t lie. In fact, under hypnosis, you can even come up with more elaborate lies since you can tap into your subconscious where more resources are at your disposal.
- You might get stuck in a hypnotic trance forever
There are no known cases of someone being stuck in a hypnotic trance. Hypnosis is actually a naturally occurring process that we experience throughout the day when we go to sleep or wake up. Even if the hypnotherapist doesn’t snap you out of hypnosis, your body will eventually wake itself up and return to a fully alert state.
- You won’t remember anything the hypnotist said
This is actually partially true. Some people are completely focused to what the hypnotherapist says while others tend to drift away into a state more like daydreaming. However, this doesn’t affect the result of the session.
In reality, hypnotherapy to stop smoking works by placing the individual into a deep, relaxed state in which the mind is more open to suggestion. At this point, the hypnotherapist will try to alter your thought patterns by making suggestions such as “I don’t need a cigarette” or “cigarette smoke makes me feel nauseous” , or he can ask you to imagine unpleasant feelings which you can associate with smoking. Very often you will be taught various self-hypnosis techniques which you can practice at home in order to reinforce the sessions.
It is important to remember that it may take more sessions for hypnotherapy to work and you must make a conscious that you really want to quit smoking.