What it is not
It is not sleep
It is not brain or mind control
it is not “blankness”
It is not a state of “zombie”
What it is:
First and foremost – all hypnosis is ‘self-hypnosis’, and the hypnotist is only a guide.
Hypnosis refers to a state of relaxation or condition in which the individual being hypnotized becomes highly responsive to suggestions. They seems to follow instructions in an uncritical, automatic fashion and attends closely only to those aspects of the environment or guided instruction or suggestion of the hypnotist. Depending on the depth of the responsiveness, the individual may hear, see, feel, smell and taste that which is suggested, even though these may be opposite to what really is.