Thoughts On The Article . . .


I was really pleased with Thursday's Invision Hypnotherapy piece in the local paper. Making the front page was certainly a surprise. Slow news cycle, I guess. Still, as an obscure business owner trying to get the word out, I can hardly complain.

A few random thoughts:

The title initially caught me off guard. I've tried to keep hypnosis and and my teaching career in two separate worlds. Seeing the two appear in a single headline jolted me for some reason, like my secret identity had been revealed. A teacher practicing hypnosis? Why would they focus on that? Then I thought: meh. The cat's officially out of the bag, and that's okay. I'm sure there are plenty of elementary teachers who practice part-time hypnotherapy on the side.

Emma Penrod did a great job on the story. I'm glad she put a lot of focus on the myths and misconceptions of hypnosis. For certain, the biggest obstacle to opening a hypnotherapy practice in Tooele is that few people in the area have any direct experience with it. That hypnosis is a viable option for your average Joe or Jill isn't even in the collective consciousness out here. What I feel I have to get across more than anything is that hypnotism is a practical, scientifically-proven method for self improvement. It isn't weird or mystical. The article does a great job of getting that across.

That clear dangling ball I'm holding up in the picture? It's a pendulum, for the record. I pulled it out to explain how stereotypical trinkets like the swinging pendulum or swirling disk don't have inherent hypnotic powers, but merely give the eyes a focal point. I should have known the moment I dangled it in front of my face that the photographer had her money shot. And that's how I managed to reinforce the swinging pendulum stereotype I was trying to debunk.

Which brings me to my only real complaint about the article. The photograph. It looks like I'm demonstrating proper hand posture at a tea party.

Other than that, I couldn't be happier.

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