Hypnosis shows on TV are one of the biggest reasons why people put their trust in hypnotherapy. The viewer can clearly see an effect of the hypnosis. And as the saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words.
There is something pretty dramatic about someone closing their eyes on stage. Closing your eyes is something that is done in sleep. It has many implications. It naturally implies that it is safe to do so, that you can trust the hypnotist, and that this is a normal thing to do. That somebody closes their eyes as soon as the TV hypnotist clicks their fingers is very impressive. After all, if a friend of yours or a business associate clicked their fingers, you would not close your eyes, let alone look asleep! So one gets the feeling that the TV hypnotist is very powerful or at least doing something very powerful indeed.
As well as closing their eyes, volunteers for TV hypnosis usually do things that they would not normally do. They eat an onion, asserting that it is an apple. They count the 5 fingers on one hand and get to six, as if by magic. They may behave like a little girl or an old man. They may even act like a chicken, complete with clucking sounds. And they seem to really believe it. Now that is really impressive.
Maybe the first time you see TV shows about hypnosis, you are half-believing and half-doubting it. After witnessing a few shows though, one can only believe that something is indeed going on.
Then at the end of the show, the hypnotist clicks their fingers and the volunteers kind of wake up, startled. They really look as if they have just been woken from sleep and wonder how they got there. One by one, they look around and seem to understand that they are back in the show. As if they had been somewhere far away in a dream. The volunteers then laugh at their own silly antics and look happy to be there.
Stage hypnosis is pretty much the same. Many people go to see a hypnosis show out of curiosity. Or perhaps they go because they are convinced no-one can influence them and want to put it to the test. And mostly, they go for fun. After all it is entertainment.
Increasingly of late, TV and stage hypnotists have been also doing hypnosis for therapeutic reasons. In other words, they move on to hypnotherapy. Even some TV shows now have hypnotherapy with a goal in mind, such as control over food cravings or a phobia.
As well as actual shows on TV, you get some very motivational infomercials. Some hypnotherapists become household names and sell many hypnotherapy CDs and DVDs. And with many satisfied customers. Maybe you know someone who has benefited from such a self-help tool.
I have always been fascinated how clients come to me for hypnotherapy convinced that it will cure their ills, simply because they saw it on TV. Whether it will have lasting results or not is another matter. However, chances are that it will offer much-needed help. It may even lead to further help and a great new beginning. In the grand scheme of things, it is good that people put their trust in hypnotherapy. They move on and discover a better life.
And all because of something they saw on TV.
My name is Suzanne Zacharia and I am committed to spreading the word about health options. I believe that the more and better options one has, the more choice there is.
A virus caught along with 5 other students at university at the end of 1986, plus medical negligence, meant that I got smokers lung at a relatively young age. In desperation for help with my symptoms and quality of life, I turned to complementary therapy, and this is the 12th year I have outlived one doctor’s prognosis.