The Five Most Common Myths About Hypnosis

October 9, 2017

From weight loss to quitting smoking to stress reduction, residents of Cleveland and Akron, OH, have been turning to hypnosis for a range of  needs. This unique form of therapy is often shrouded in mystery and misconception despite being helpful for many people. If you’re interested in separating fact from fiction, read on for a list of the 5 most common misconceptions about hypnosis.



1. Hypnosis Isn’t Effective

Hypnosis has been medically proven numerous times over numerous case studies. In one study, gut-focused hypnotherapy was shown to improve symptoms associated with irritable bowel disorder by reducing inflammation and pain. Likewise, hypnosis can significantly help with overcoming phobias and addictions, dealing with grief, and assisting with pain management.


2. Hypnosis Is Not Clinically Approved

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy has been approved by American Psychiatric Association (APA) since 1958. So, not only is it endorsed, but it has been accepted for more than half a century!

3. You Might Get Stuck in Hypnosis

There has never been case of someone getting stuck in a hypnotic trance simply because it’s not possible. Hypnosis is a perfectly natural occurrence that people experience daily.


With a qualified practitioner, being hypnotized simply quiets down the noise of the conscious mind and allows you to address concerns or ailments from a subconscious perspective. While in this state of heightened sub-conscious awareness, you can return to an alert state all on your own.


4. Your Hypnotist Can Make You Do Things You Don't Want To Do

Stage shows sometimes use a pretend version of hypnosis for entertainment value, where volunteers are quacking like a duck or crawling around like a cat. This is not the same as hypnosis practiced in a normal setting.


During a hypnotherapy session, your hypnotist merely acts as a guide or facilitator, and a productive session relies on trust between you and the practitioner. The subconscious mind is always at work during these sessions, making sure that you’re the one in control.


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5. Only Influenceable People Can Be Hypnotized

Anyone can be hypnotized, regardless of their intelligence level. In fact, everyone is hypnotized every day in some form. If you’ve ever had the feeling of “zoning out” while your subconscious takes over, such as during a long meeting or driving down the road, you’ve experienced a form of hypnotism. Successful hypnotism can be achieved with any patient, allowing your conscious mind to relax so your inner mind is open to suggestion.



If you’d like to explore the benefits of hypnosis, look no further than Bridget Coughlin Family Hypnosis in Hudson, Ohio.  Certified hypnotist Bridget Coughlin has been providing exceptional hypnosis services for years. Check out her services online and then give her a call at

(216) 359-0018 to schedule an appointment or click here to directly schedule online.


Bridget Coughlin, CH

Bridget Coughlin Family Hypnosis

Hudson, OH.  44236

(216) 359-0018

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*Anyone seeking hypnosis for a medical related condition must present a signed approval from their physician indicating the physician is aware of the client's intention to use hypnosis as a complimentary treatment.  Call if you have questions.



Disclaimer:  There are no guarantees that hypnosis will work for you.  Results vary person to person based on their desire and other factors.