Side effect

Key Side Effects of Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is a state of trance that differs immensely from a human being’s normal experience of reality. The hypnotic or trance state is a one in which your mind opens up to suggestions and external idea feeding. This is the reason for hypnotherapy becoming so popular in helping relieve compulsive behavior and unwanted habits. This is typically taken up by a certified practitioner, who is also known as the operator. An individual seeking hypnotherapy is popularly called a hypnotic subject. Although hypnosis represents a very natural state of mind, there are always chances of side effects. Some of them are as follows:


Increased Suggestibility

A few minutes into reality post the hypnotic process, and the subject will be in his/her heightened state of suggestibility. It is during this period that it is essential that the operator avoids stating or implying any idea that may go against the client’s goals. A well trained and experienced hypnotist will take advantage of these moments to convey positive suggestions concerning the need for success and self-esteem.


Quite often than ever, Hypnosis is an enjoyable experience wherein longstanding emotional blocks can easily be dissolved. Many subjects experience an post process emotional attachment toward the operator. A client may also have an intuitive sense that the operator and him/ her have gone through something significant together, thereby fortifying a bond between both people.


It is an intense emotional outburst, caused by a sudden release of a repressed event or an idea. On rare occasions, a person trying to resolve one issue with hypnosis will experience a spontaneous revivification of some traumatic situations from the past. Some symptoms may reveal the appearance of an abreactive case, such as explosive anger, indications of terror or uncontrollable crying. During these episodes, it is essential that the hypnotherapist remains calm and avoid touching the patient. He can then reorient his patient to the present moment through various suggestions.

Negative Transferrence

According to a renowned hypnotherapists Adam Eason, “The concept of transference is one whereby a subject applies attitudes that are transferred to the therapist which originally guided towards another person.” It often takes place on a positive glow, for instance, when a patient feels connected to her hypnotherapist. However, the tendency to transfer these emotions also poses a greater risk to the inexperienced operator. It is especially true in the event of a reaction. In this hypnotic session, there are usually only two people, patient, and an operator. A subject may begin to relive some past traumatic circumstances that involved just her and another individual. In the case of the abuser being a male, and the administrator is likewise male, quite possibly the subject will see her hypnotherapist as the instrument of her abuse.