Hypnosis as a modified state of consciousness has existed since the dawn of time. Indeed, Sumerian accounts dating back more than 5000 years, relate hypnotic states. If the practice has evolved until today to achieve its therapeutic nobility, many misconceptions still surrounds hypnotherapy and hypnotherapists. Decryption of experts.- Psychologies. com
Misconception # 1: "Hypnotherapy and less painful than a classical therapy"
The response of Annie Rapp, psychotherapist: Many people come to hypnotherapy with this expectation. Personally, I do not think it can work. In the course of therapy, with or without hypnosis, some memories will come back anyway. This will be done when the patient is psychologically and emotionally ready to find them. This return of memories will come naturally, often with a lot of emotions and sometimes suffering. Before this moment has come, the unconscious will resist the hypnotic suggestion very effectively. On the other hand, in Ericksonian hypnosis, the therapist will use this hypnosis to allow access to the positive resources that the patient possesses in him. Thanks to these, he will be able to face his fears more easily, to overcome certain blockages and to free himself from a part of his sufferings.
Misconception # 2: "Hypnosis brings out hidden memories"
Response from Gestalt psychotherapist Serge Ginger: It is far from exceptional to have little, if any, childhood memories for example. It is not, in itself, a serious symptom! Even if it is the consequence of a trauma. Hypnosis, psychoanalysis, like other methods, can sometimes find significant memories, but we are never certain that they are real! Studies have shown that most memories are "reconstructed" after the fact and therefore often modified, even invented, in good faith. Thus nearly 40% of our memories would be "false memories". The Anglo-Saxons are particularly suspicious of false memories of a sexual nature (supposed sexual abuse of early childhood, appearing in therapy and which we have proved that many did not correspond to real facts, but to desires, fears or unconscious fantasies).
Misconception # 3: "Hypnotherapy is very effective against depression"
The answer Serge Ginger: It's a method that has proven its effectiveness in various indications, but depression does not seem not generally able to be fully supported by hypnotherapy. Often an adequate drug treatment can usefully prepare or accompany a psychotherapy.Such a treatment is difficult to define: its prescription and its follow-up is incumbent on a psychiatrist and not on a general practitioner.