Hypnosis works by putting the subject into a trance that is similar to a daydream state. This allows the increased awareness of the subconscious mind, which becomes open to the suggestions of the hynpotherapist. Unlike sessions seen on TV and the movies, you cannot be made to do something you do not want to do. In fact, during hypnosis you can hear everything that is going on.
Some people are more open to suggestion than others. If you are one of those people who becomes engrossed in books or movies, you are more apt to be a good candidate for hypnosis. Hypnosis has been found to be helpful for pain control, reducing anxiety prior to procedures such as surgery and chemotherapy, decreasing hot flashes, and facilitating smoking cessation.