I do a lot of marketing on Facebook. At least once a week, I get some heckler trying say that hypnosis does not work, and that people are wasting their time. I have two things to say about these accusations.
First, hypnosis works when a person is ready and willing to make a permanent life change. Same is also said for counseling, coaching, mentoring, etc. I have personally witnessed hundreds of people whose life has been changed for the better because they decided to undergo hypnosis. I have seen anxieties eliminated. Panic attacks vanished, and life long traumas wiped away because of hypnosis. To say it does not work is an absolute farce.
Second, those hecklers are absolutely right that hypnosis does not work. I have always said that hypnosis is an art form. Just like there are horrible therapists, there are horrible hypnotists. Like counseling, hypnosis requires the client to play an active role in treatment. The therapist and/or hypnotist acts as nothing more than a nonjudgmental guide. Because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, the hypnotist must be able to guide the person into hypnosis to allow the transformation to take place. Without this, hypnosis does not work.
Oh, and for the record, there are only three types of people that can not be hypnotized. 1. People who refuse hypnosis. 2. People who are too developmentally delayed to comprehend what is being done. 3. My lovely wife; she just laughs at me. Everybody else can sit back and enjoy the break and ease the mind.