Most of these erroneous perceptions come from the world of entertainment. Cartoons, stage hypnosis and novels create the false impression that the hypnotist has some power over the person going into hypnosis.
The facts are very simple. People will only do what they consider both reasonable and pleasing while in hypnosis. A suggestion that is reasonable but not pleasing will not be accepted and nor will a suggestion that’s pleasing but not reasonable. Stage hypnotists will only use volunteers and the volunteers must all think that it’s reasonable and pleasing to act the fool for the audience or the show will fail. Watch the last scene in the short video below to see what I mean.
Most people are surprised to discover that hypnosis feels very much like sitting in a comfortable chair with your eyes closed while you listen to someone else giving you directions. Which reminds me; with hypnosis there is no injecting. There is no cutting, stitching or diagnosing. You don’t have to swallow chemicals or breathe in any gasses either. Registered hypnotherapists are required to abide by strict codes of conduct and ethics. All the hypnotherapist ever does is talk to you and so there’s no need to be nervous at all, but it’s okay if you are.