It has been a while since I wrote on this topic. But today I received an email from a very well known writer and trainer on the subject of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. In that email he used the phrase “lay hypnosis professional.” I simply could not believe it.
I am placing my response to my friend here because I want all hypnotherapists and hypnotists who have taken the time, and put the effort into becoming properly trained and certified to simply not allow this label to be applied to you.
The following is my response…
In your email you stumbled upon one of my “pet peeves.” So please allow me to vent for a moment. What follows is said with respect…
I want to strongly encourage you to stop using the phrase “lay hypnosis professional.” It is an oxymoron. The term “lay” means untrained or nonprofessional. Your use of the word “professional” in the phrase implies a high degree of training and professionalism, hence the oxymoron.
I know that it seems trivial to some, but letting the other professions press upon us the term “lay” anything (hypnotist or hypnotherapist) is in my mind much worse than accepting the title of “Hypnotist” over the title of “Hypnotherapist.” [The individual to whom I am writing loathes the use of the title of “Hypnotist” and much prefers the term “Hypnotherapist.”]
For more on my feelings about this topic check out this blog entry on CalBanyan.com, It is Time to Completely Reject the Label of “Lay Hypnotist”.
Well, I am glad to get that off my chest. 🙂