I have a friend who practises as a hypnotherapist on the South coast. He experiences a lot of resistance to hypnotherapy from people who have seen the stage hypnosis shows which are very popular in his area. People genuinely believe that a hypnotherapist will make them cluck like a chicken, bark like a dog, or burst into song in the middle of Waitrose (I told you he lives on the South coast).
A hypnotherapist will not make you do any of these things. A hypnotherapist cannot make you do any of these things. No-one can make you do anything under hypnosis that you don’t want to do. Read that sentence again – it really does bear repeating.
Stage hypnotists are highly skilled at identifying those audience members who are happy to make an exhibition of themselves. Under the influence of hypnosis, these individuals can easily be persuaded to act the fool for the entertainment of others.
Hypnotherapists, on the other hand, are skilled at using the hypnotic trance state to help our clients to bring about changes that they desire. To do anything else would be morally and ethically unacceptable.
So no – I will NOT make you cluck like a chicken!