Friday, October 17, 2008


I am a huge fan of hypnotherapy. I truly believe that it helps people. It helped me accept and deal with the loss of our first child. It helped me get through 48 hours of labor with laughter instead of pain killers. So why am I disgusted? I am disgusted with how hypnosis is portrayed on tv and other media.

I first really noticed this when we were on our cruise last year. There was a hypnotist who had a nightly show. It was fun watching people we know make complete asses of themselves on a stage. Sean and I laughed because we knew it was all an act but it pissed me off. The hypnotist had them clucking like a chickens, dancing like idiots, etc. This is not how hypnosis works. It CAN'T make you do any of these things. Two of the people I talked with after the show told me they didn't remember anything they had done. BULLSHIT!

Then last night on CSI there was a hypnotherapist who could rob banks and the sound of her voice made a woman accidently kill herself. OH. MY. GOD. It was the dumbest thing ever. I think it was dumber than the moron on the cruise.

It makes me sad this is how people look at hypnotherapy. It is such a wonderful tool that can help many people. It can be utilized for grief, weight-loss, stop smoking, stress, and a myriad of other things.

Hypnotherapy may not be for everyone but it would be nice if people knew that clucking like a chicken isn't the only thing it is good for.


Tamara said...

I completely agree with you! I used hypnotherapy during the birth of my second baby & it was drugs & enjoying the whole experience!

Dale said...

I don't know why it's kosher to misrepresent hypnosis that way. I guess mostly because hypnotists don't have a killer lobby like the AMA.

Natashya said...

There was a hypnotist at my husband's company's Christmas party - the Amazing Boris. So freaking annoying it just made me angry. And then they brought him back another year!!!
If he is there this year I might have to kick him.