Perhaps the real problem is that what most people have been conditioned to believe what hypnosis is and what constitutes a hypnotic trance does not exist. Because of the distortions done by the media (movies, television, even fiction) have all led us to the notion of the evil hypnotist forcing his will upon the helpless subject, which as anyone who works in the field knows is nonsense. If stage hypnotists were to educate the public and help dispell these myths it just might help some but the damage has been done and the myths continue to be perpetuated.
If anyone wants to at least gain an inckling as to what hypnosis is and isn't should read the book "They Call it Hypnosis" by Robert Baker. It is not the be all, tell all book but it might help in a general understanding of it.
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