Can I be hypnotized against my will ?
No you cannot. Hypnosis is actually a state of purposeful cooperation between the hypnotist and hypnotized, you cannot be hypnotized if you do not wish to cooperate
Will I be asleep ?
Hypnosis is a state of pleasant and deep relaxation. It is a different state from normal concious waking but is not sleep. People in hypnosis will be aware of the hypnotherapist's voice and sounds around them which often help them to become even more relaxed
Can I be made to reveal secrets ?
No-one can be hypnotized against their will. Hypnotherapy can only be effective in a state of purposeful cooperatioon between the therapist and client.
What are the common misconceptions about hypnosis ?
One common misconsception is that a hypnotized person loses their will and is partially or completely under the command of the hypnotist. Nothing could be further from the truth. This unfortunate belief is reinforced by many stage hypnotists. The truth is that in hypnosis, you are in control of yourself, and cannot be made to do anything that is against your will.
Hypnosis, particularly the deeper forms, can look like sleep because the person's body is typically very relaxed, still and quiet. This superficial similarity to sleep is misleading because there is usually a great deal of mental activity going on, and measurements of brain activity during hypnosis show a significant level of neurological activity.