No. A Positive Hypnotist is focused solely on the positive benefits for the client, as clinical hypnosis is geared to treat the needs of the patient.
Many people ask this question because of how television and popular culture suggests what hypnosis is like. The media portray hypnosis as an agent of control and the hypnotherapist is shown using it to embarrass or harm the patient. This makes great drama, but does not make good therapy.
People fear clinical hypnosis, which is just a talking therapy in a way that they do not fear other talking therapies. This fear stems from mixing up clinical hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis. The two activities use many of the same techniques but therapists are trained to use the techniques to improve the wellbeing of the client. Ambulance drivers and motor racing drivers both drive fast at times, and often use the same techniques to keep control of a fast moving vehicle. However, the ambulance driver is always mindful of the needs of the patient and the public, whereas the racing driver’s sole focus is to be fast and to disregard how he impacts on others.
A positive hypnotist should be a member of a professional body and as part of that membership, sign up to the professional body’s code of ethics.
The code of ethics, for any professional body, will, as a minimum standard, demand that all treatments and all experiences have clinical foundation, do no harm to the client, and put the client’s wellbeing as the primary purpose of every aspect of the work undertaken.
Embarrassing someone, whether by making them behave in an embarrassing way or feel vulnerable, childish, or stupid in any way, are examples of doing some emotional harm. When working with people who have low self esteem any negative emotional experience will have immediate but also long term harm to the client.
Further to this, a positive hypnotist will not make you do anything stupid or embarrassing because for clinical hypnosis to have the best outcomes for the client, the client and practitioner relationship must operate with a high level of trust. Trust is established by being focussed on the needs of the client, building rapport, demonstrating respect and unconditionally valuing the client. By making someone do something embarrassing, regardless of what it is, will serve only to limit the trust in the clinical relationship.
At a commercial level, a clinical hypnotherapist also needs to respect the wishes of the client because the patient will not return to complete their treatment. Completing treatment is essential for the long term sustainability of a professional hypnotherapist because they tend to be self employed and will further undermine their earning potential if they do not get recommendations for their work and instead have complaints from these dissatisfied clients.
Overall, then hypnotherapists like medical practitioners will operate in a kind and sensitive manner and are motivated by the satisfaction of helping a client to reach their potential. This is only possible with a healthy, trusting, professional relationship built on respect, a sound code of ethics and a desire to do well in all circumstances.