Have you ever driven a long distance and not remember a period of time? Have you ever been involved in a good book and been unaware that someone had been speaking to you? Have you ever become emotional while watching a movie? Have you ever learned how to do something through repetition (walking, learning your ABC's, driving a car, hitting a ball)? Have you ever been in a class or seminar and found yourself daydreaming? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you have been hypnotized! Actually, we drift in and out of the hypnotic brain wave state all throughout the day, and again as we drift off to sleep and as we awaken. Some studies estimate that we are in a light "alpha" state up to 85% of the day! So you see, you have been in hypnosis more than you realized. Isn't it nice to know that you can learn to use this state, on purpose, to achieve positive changes in your behavior and in your health. If you have already been "hypnotized" or "conditioned" into a behavior or habit that doesn't fit your current goals or desires, you can learn easy hypnotic techniques to re-program yourself, on purpose.
When you understand what hypnosis is, you come to understand it is a natural state of concentrated focused awareness which only requires a willingness to follow instructions by a skilled Hypnotherapist. Unless someone is uncooperative, or has a severe mental disorder that renders them unable to understand and follow simple direction, they can learn to go into at least a light hypnotic state, and most people can be trained to enter deeper states with practice. The usual reason someone feels they “can’t be hypnotized” is because of a false impression of what hypnosis is, or they had an experience working with a hypnotist with limited knowledge, skills and/or experience. Most behavior modification and even pain management generally require only a light state of hypnosis.