Sometimes, sometimes not.
Depends on both how open and willing the person being hypnotized is to the change they’re doing it for and the technique, and the skill level of the hypnotist.
Subconscious suggestion & reprogramming.
Hypnosis is largely based on NLP Neuro Linguistic Psychology or the idea of being able to influence others through suggestion. I think a lot of this has to do with both parties involved. If a person is open to suggestion then I think hypnosis is much more possible. I've heard reports of people being hypnotized and it changing the course of their life, but I've also heard/witnessed other individuals be completely unaffected by hypnosis.
Does hypnosis work? And how does it work?
If you're just starting a hypnotherapy trip, these two questions are probably at the forefront of your concerns. Hypnosis seems to be prescribed for anything: quitting smoking, losing weight.
Here is a brief answer: research suggests that hypnosis is a powerful tool for self-improvement. And there is a rather simple explanation.
Hypnotherapy allows people to change and update their subconscious beliefs. Thanks to hypnosis, we can reformulate and update old beliefs - quitting, for example, it will be difficult and painful - and replace them with new, more useful hypotheses.
How does hypnosis work to remodel our hypotheses?
Here is a quick way to understand hypnotherapy: hypnosis is a very relaxed state of mind, in which we ignore the critical mind.
In deeply relaxed hypnosis, we can replace these automatic thoughts and update that thought with new suggestions. Hypnosis works by allowing us to modify our unconscious thought processes to help us achieve specific goals.
Here is an example: suppose you use hypnosis to lose weight.
Your subconscious has many beliefs about weight loss. You could think automatically: losing weight is impossible, not wanting to give up your favorite foods or not having time to practice. These unconscious thoughts - shaped by memories, experiences and expectations - eventually guide our conscious actions, and we do not even realize what happens.
In short, our subconscious prepares us for failure. And this is true of many of our bad habits - negative inner speeches, smoking, overeating - all of which are deeply rooted in unconscious thinking.
With hypnotherapy, however, we can begin to modify and update these negative hypotheses. And this could explain why research strongly suggests that hypnosis works for conditions such as chronic pain, addiction and weight loss.
By training our minds to think differently about challenges and goals, we can eliminate the negative thoughts that so often lead to self-sabotage.
From what I've heard it depends on the person. If you're the kind who is adamant it won't work and it's just silly or stupid then it will be very, very hard if not impossible to hypnotize you. But if you're open to it, if you want it to work, then it's very easy. As to if it works in other levels that's up for debate, and again I think up to belief. But regardless of the truth if it's helping people and not producing long-term adverse effects then I think it's nice.