What is the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

Have you ever noticed that most of us go in and out of the trance state on regular basis? If you zoned out while thinking, fantasized while listening to music, or daydreamt while watching a movie, then you’ve been in a trance state. Now trance is a half-conscious state portrayed by lack of response to some external provocation. Our zoning out is a natural process of being in trance but when it is induced intentionally then that is called Hypnosis. So before we understand the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, we should apparently get a clear picture of these terms.

What is Hypnosis?

The word “hypnosis” comes from the Greek word “Hypnos” which simply means “sleep”. Hypnosis is a trance-like mental state characterized by extreme suggestibility. In this state people, experience increased attention, heightened imagination and vivid fantasies. It may seem like people are in a daze but it’s the contrary, they are hyper-aware of everything around them. It almost feels like losing yourself but you are conscious. You feel relaxed and unbridled.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a technique which uses guided hypnosis as a tool in the treatment of different people and their mental conflicts. The professional therapists and doctors use hypnotherapy to cure phobias or mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction by diving deep into your subconscious mind. Sometimes it is used for pain management, weight loss and smoking termination. It is considered as an alternative to medicinal therapy for the mental health issues as it can create positive changes in our minds while we are in trance but completely aware.

The difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Although these terms sound the same in their context each one has entirely different implications. The common ground among them is that they both indicate ways of altering the frame of mind. So to differentiate clearly and in lay man’s term, hypnosis is conditioning a plant and hypnotherapy is like removing those unwanted weeds and plants that grow around your plant.

Anyone can be hypnotized if they want but to a certain degree, the question here is how deep and to what degree. Hypnosis is still a mystery that is being unravelled as we advance in our technology and evaluate how our mind works. Being able to be hypnotized is not a sign of a weak mind in fact it actually corresponds to intelligence and the focus. You are in catatonia but still in control.

Just take a moment and revel in the fact how marvellous and fascinating our mind is. It is so powerful that it has the capacity to do the humanly impossible tasks. All you need to do is convince it. These tools utilize this fact to heal our minds.

How do they Work?

The moment our conscious mind is connected to our subconscious mind a power source is generated. This is where all the healing is done. You move from consciousness to positivity and influential state. You can change the things in your life which you always wanted to. Your therapist will guide you throughout the process and at the end, you will feel those changes in you and later in your day to day life you will actually be able to see them evidently. You can improve your life to a great extent.

Hypnotherapy allows us to go beyond the rational part of our mind. We get hindered by our rationality as we do not understand why we do what we do but Hypnotherapy can access those irrational, emotional and obscure thoughts and aid them.


In the late 1700s when medical treatments were limited, hypnosis became a popular approach. Even though it has enough benefits, misperceptions that surround this realm are quite interesting to look at. Vampires! Heard about them like ample time so did you notice the use of hypnosis there? Yes! You got it, that “compelling” process with that authoritative voice command shows they manipulate their victims. It is also introduced in comedy shows or talk shows in which those volunteers act to make people laugh and they go out of their usual way to do things which they normally wouldn’t dream of doing but that is completely off the loop of hypnosis. This wrong portrayal of something that is so sacred should be avoided.

All these depictions have created a doubt in the minds of people that Hypnotherapy can be misused. Well cannot be blind to the controversy but that’s the exact reason why it should be kept in the hands of few genuine professionals.

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