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What if I can’t be hypnotized?

Hypnotized: Photo by John Penwarden

Hypnosis is a natural state, and there are many levels of hypnosis. It’s not like falling off a cliff, but sliding down a gentle slope. Even in the lightest level of hypnosis it has been shown that suggestions take effect. Most people have been in light hypnosis on their own. For example, you are driving and suddenly realize you have been daydreaming for the past twenty miles, but somehow managed to negotiate the road successfully. In my experience, anyone who wants to be hypnotized can be hypnotized, and the more you do it—either with a hypnotist or by using a self-hypnosis recording—the easier it gets, and the deeper you are able to go.