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Hypnosis to Quit Smoking- Exposing the Most Common Myths

Updated on February 9, 2013

There are a number of common myths in circulation regarding whether or not using hypnosis to quit smoking is effective or not - let's explore these myths.

I'll take a closer look at each one of these myths and expose them for what they are, just that - myths. Using hypnosis to quit smoking is still the most effective of all methods to end the smoking cycle and to remain smoke-free afterwards.

Myth Number One- Hypnosis is Similar to Sleep

An individual who is undergoing a hypnosis session to give up smoking is not asleep nor are they in a sleep induced state. On the contrary, the hypnotist does not want the subject to go to sleep as this would render them less receptive to suggestions in the sleep state.

The subject is completely conscious and aware of what is happening at all times. By the same token, the hypnotized individual will be very relaxed and calm, despite the fact that his eyes remain closed.

During the hypnosis session, the hypnotherapist will make suggestions that will find their way into the subconscious mind of the patient. The suggestions will be based on the specific circumstances and individual challenges that were revealed during the initial interview.

The subject can hear every word being said and can open his eyes and return to the conscious state whenever he chooses to do so.

Most people report feeling no differently than they would normally feel when they’re lying on the couch at home watching television. This is due to the fact that they are conscious but in a more relaxed state of consciousness then they normally find themselves in in relation to their regular waking life.

People are aware of their surroundings but are filled with a greater sense of calm and tranquility.

Myth Number Two- Hypnosis Means Doing Embarrassing and Off the Wall Things

Genuine hypnosis is not the same as the hypnosis stage shows that are put on for profit and entertainment value. True hypnosis that is done for therapeutic purposes in order to quit smoking, allows you to remain in total control of yourself while in the hypnotic state.

Suggestions are made directly to your subconscious mind in order to help you to accept them as the norm and the status quo in your life. For example, the suggestion may be made that you no longer wish to smoke cigarettes.

The fact is that you cannot be made to do anything you do not want to do while under hypnosis. Your ability to make decisions and have conscious thought is not diminished because you are hypnotized. Rest assured that if a suggestion is made that is unacceptable to you, that suggestion is merely rejected.

This is important to note, because if you’re intending to quit smoking using hypnosis, then you need to be sure that you are really ready to give up the nicotine habit. If you have not, then your subconscious mind will simply reject the suggestions that are made to you.

Myth Number Three- Only Certain Individuals are Capable of Being Hypnotized

Have you ever zoned out from reality temporarily to daydream? Perhaps you’ve become so engrossed in a good book that you lost track of time? What happens in both of these incidences is that your conscious mind has tuned out and your subconscious has taken you away to somewhere much more fun and interesting. You are relaxed and completely enjoying your own internal daydream as it plays out in your mind.

Daydreaming is a type of light hypnosis. The conscious mind is bypassed and your subconscious mind is given permission to come to the surface. We are all capable of achieving a light hypnosis state. Most people reach this ultra-relaxed state of mind in those minutes just before sleep overtakes them.

Everyone is capable of being hypnotized. Plenty of people don’t want to believe it or admit to it because they are not ready to let go of the common myths that we are discussing here.

Individuals who say that they cannot be hypnotized simply haven’t realized that they have been doing it naturally their entire lives. They associate hypnosis with a trance-like state created by stage hypnotists to entertain. This is a whole different world from therapeutic hypnosis. The word “trance” is not in the professional hypnotist’s vocabulary as it incorrectly conjures up a sense of mind control.

Be assured once and for all that there is no mind control in the world of authentic hypnosis!

Myth Number Four- In Hypnosis You Can Remain!

Where did this myth ever get started in the first place? You cannot get stuck in hypnosis and find it impossible to return to the conscious state of mind. You can break your own hypnosis at any time. ANY TIME! In fact if you stop and think about it for a minute, you do this routinely every day when your mind wanders away from the task at hand. Suddenly you realize what has happened and you snap yourself back to reality.

Be aware that another type of self-induced light hypnotic state that you can place yourself in that is every bit as relaxed is meditation.

As you are never actually asleep during hypnosis, you can just open your eyes and end your hypnosis to quit smoking session whenever you want to. It is as simple as that. No muss, no fuss!

There has never been one recorded case of a person entering a medical facility for help by a family because they cannot wake up from an hypnosis session. Read never!

Myth Number Five- Hypnosis is for the Weak-Minded Only

Huh? You have got to be kidding, right? Actually, the opposite is true. Successful hypnosis works best on individuals who are of normal or above-average intelligence and who have a flair for creativity.

Does that sound like you? Individuals who are weak-willed generally find it more difficult to achieve the level of concentration and cooperation required to make hypnosis work for them.

Sessions of hypnosis to quit smoking work best for those who are willing to put their all into achieving a successful end.

Myth Number Six- Hypnosis is Code for the Occult or Satanic Worship and Goes Against Religious Teachings

Hypnosis is in no way connected to evil or Satan or anything that works against religious beliefs. Hypnosis is simply a word used to describe a deeply relaxed but awake state.

It is a completely natural state of mind that every person can be placed in. During this state, you find a most unique method of bypassing your conscious mind and opening the key to your subconscious mind. Once there, suggestions of a healing and helping nature can be made by a hypnotist to help you to achieve your goal to end your smoking habit.

We are all capable of reaching the highly relaxed state of mind known as hypnosis. In fact, our minds sometimes need the time-out to relax away from the constant bombardment of visual, aural, emotional, and sensory input we receive each and every day.

Many religions and belief systems recognize meditation as preparation for spiritual cleansing and receiving, and hypnosis is just an alternative name for the same state of mind and being, albeit at a deeper level.

Myth Number Seven- Brainwashing and Hypnosis Walk Hand in Hand

Hypnosis and brainwashing are not connected. It is disturbing to even use the two words in the same sentence!

Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation, whereas brainwashing techniques are centered on pain and deprivation in order to break the subject’s will.

Your hypnotist is simply your guide, helping you to reach a state of deep relaxation. Once you reach a deep enough state of relaxation, your hypnotherapist will then make appropriate suggestions in order to help you achieve the goals you wish to reach.

The hypnotherapist wishes to help you as opposed to harm you.

Myth Number Eight- Hypnosis will Unveil Deep Dark Truths

Any of the deep dark secrets that lie deep in your subconscious that you want to remain hidden away from others need not be revealed just because you are undergoing hypnosis treatments.

Always bear in mind that you are never under the control of your hypnotherapist. You (and you alone) control any hypnosis session you participate in and you are in control of yourself and your responses at all times.

While there are cases of hypnosis being used to access specific emotionally traumatic incidences in the pasts of some individuals, this form of deep hypnosis is always conducted under extremely controlled circumstances and the subject is still free to give information only when they want to give it.

This type of psychiatric hypnosis has nothing to do with a regular hypnotherapy sessions for common habits such to quit smoking or for weight loss.

Myth Number Nine- Hypnosis Against Your Will is Possible

Your will is strong and nobody can force you to be hypnotized if you do not wish to be. Nobody can be hypnotized against his or her will because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. In order for you to be successfully put into a hypnotic state, you have to cooperate and actively desire to be hypnotized. If you do not then it is not going to happen.

Myth Number Ten- Control and Memory are Both Lost in Hypnosis

You will not lose control during hypnosis nor will you be asked to do anything in the hypnotic state that you won’t remember afterward. Hypnosis does not work like that.

Many people fear being taken advantage of while in a hypnotic state. They worry that they will be programmed to do or say things they don’t want to do and they won’t be able to remember what was said.

The reality of the matter is that you are fully aware of everything that happens during your hypnosis to quit smoking session. You can hear every suggestion being made to you about not wanting to smoke any longer and you will hear every sound your hypnotist makes at all times.

The moment you begin to feel uncomfortable with anything being said, all you need to do is open your eyes and end the session on your own terms.

In Conclusion

Myths about using hypnosis to quit smoking or hypnosis to help with any problem can be dangerous if they prevent you from getting the help you need. Don’t let misinformation hold you back from the healing that awaits you when you enter the world of hypnosis.

Educate yourself about hypnosis and don't let superstition dismiss letting an hypnotist help you to use your own powerful mind to overcome habits detrimental to your quality of life.

Say yes to hypnosis today!


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    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Interesting information, well written, and well presented. There are so many myths about hypnosis, you certainly hit them all! Thanks for the help!

    • gifts4u2send profile image


      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great information and answers about hypnosis myths - used it for other things than quit smoking but realize how it could benefit smokers that want to quit.

    • Addison profile image


      8 years ago

      I've always enjoyed stage hypnosis acts without understanding what was going on until one in Las Vegas here the hypnotist really made some people do things that we tasteless.

    • beccas90 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York

      Generally, the "old school" medical community look down on any therapy that is not taught in the normal medical curriculum. I have the deepest respect for MD's and the work they do but not for their blinkered and closed-eyes approach to health. There is a time to resort to pills but when it is the first thing they do I feel obliged to bring them to task - and do.

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      9 years ago

      This puts a lot of stuff in perpsective. I was over at Yahoo answers where there are a number of questions about using hypnosis and a lot of the answers reflected the myths you've discussed here. There was one Doctor (he said he was MD) that slammed hypnosis saying it got same or worse effect as patches. I think he was in UK.


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