The American Psychological Association offers FAQ’s similar to the following:

Will I be under the control of the hypnotist?

Absolutely not. You cannot be made to do anything you do not want to do.

Does the hypnotist put me under?

No, hypnosis is a state of mind that you allow yourself to go into. It can be and is learned. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist is a guide to help you achieve that focused state of mind.

Aren’t people that are hypnotized gullible or weak-minded?

This is not true. Research has proven that man people can be helped by hypnosis and many of the more intelligent prole are better at going into that mindset.

Can a person get stuck in hypnosis?

No, hypnosis is something like daydreaming. You can never get stuck and since you allow yourself to go into that mind-state, you can bring yourself back out whenever you want.

Is a person unconscious when hypnotized?

No. During hypnosis, a person is not asleep or unconscious. The person may feel relaxed but he or she is an active participant during the entire session.

What does it feel like to be hypnotized?

Most people describe the experience as relaxing, peaceful, absorbing, different, or comfortable and focused. Hypnosis does not have a feeling any more than a person would say, “I feel like I am watching TV” when watching TV.

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