What Do You Know About Hypnotism?

A survey conducted last fall by the Morpheus Clinic for Hypnosis in Toronto found that public perception of hypnosis is improving, but that some old myths die hard.

For example, 46 percent of respondents said that a hypnotist can force a person to reveal their secrets against their will. However, contemporary hypnotherapists emphasize that hypnosis requires active participation by the person being hypnotized, and that hypnotic subjects are free to accept or reject any suggestions given to them by the hypnotist.

Similarly, a majority of those surveyed for the infographic (55 percent) said that a person in hypnosis is completely oblivious to what is happening around them. But hypnosis is in fact a state of deep relaxation where the subject is aware the entire time.

Hypnosis is gaining scientific credibility as a clinical tool for weight loss, smoking cessation, anxiety, and other issues.