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Hypnosis Training Video #263: What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy? Addressing the Misperceptions and Hollywood Myths about Hypnotism

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What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy? Addressing the Misperceptions and Hollywood Myths about Hypnotism

We are back with another Cal and Elronn episode of Hypnosis, Etc. on In today’s episode, we answer the age-old questions, what hypnosis is and what it is not? We address the misperceptions and Hollywood myths about hypnosis, even the “bad words” used in hypnotism. Then we go on to talk about the typical experiences and feelings clients go through during a hypnotherapy session.

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Today’s Discussion Points:

  • What is hypnosis?
  • What role does suggestibility play in hypnotherapy?
  • How is suggestibility different from gullibility?
  • Why hypnosis is not relaxation, trance, magic, spell or sleep?
  • What are the “bad words” used in hypnosis?
  • What are the typical experiences in hypnotherapy sessions?
  • What does state of hypnosis feel like?

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3 Reader Comments to Hypnosis Training Video #263: What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy? Addressing the Misperceptions and Hollywood Myths about Hypnotism

  1. Issac Weiss February 19, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Hello cal and Elron
    Really great information, i like what you said that we don’t go deeper rather we go more suggestible, that makes so much sense, as deeper would mean they would go in to coma state and then what? Unconscious? And then again we cant say go more and more suggestible.
    I like explaining my clients what hypnosis is with the information that you have on your DVD the truth about hypnosis, it is very informational and yet very easy to understand for the clients.
    Keep up the good work
    Issac Weiss, BCH
    Hypnosis in Montreal

  2. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH February 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Hello Issac – Thanks for leaving a comment about the video. It is always good to hear from a 5-PATHer from north of the border.

    I believe that the profession would be improved by making these kinds of basic principles more consistently understood.

    Issac, keep up the good work you are doing educating and helping others about the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

    By the way, to everyone wondering about my pre-talk video, The Truth About Hypnosis, here is a link to a sample and description of the video.

    Let’s do GREAT things together,

  3. Anna Siljama June 25, 2017 at 10:12 PM

    Great episode. It is always helpful to refresh yourself on the basics and I always pickup something new that I missed before. I love the word Elronn uses with his clients to explain hypnosis. I will definitely start using ‘receptivity’, it is such a nice way to explain it.

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