For decades hypnosis has taken a bad rap due to endless myths and misconceptions like the accusations of mind control and the chicken clucking antics of stage hypnosis. The truth is that hypnosis was researched, validated and accepted by the AMA over 50 years ago as a legitimate healthful modality.
I normalize the process to my clients by explaining hypnosis as simply goal oriented meditation. We visit the same peaceful inner stillness one experiences when meditating, but rather than simply enjoying the cathartic healthy bliss of the moment we have work to do. With the subconscious open and active we get to the business of pulling out the unwanted patterns and rooting preferred alternatives. I hope this helps you better understand hypnosis.