AM I UNDER THE CONTROL OF ANOTHER PERSON?
No. All hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis; a hypnotist merely guides you into your own experience of relaxation.
A good analogy is that of the hypnotist sitting in the passenger seat of a car and reading map directions to the driver (the client). The driver can listen and follow the suggestions given by the passenger, or they can choose to go their own way, because the driver is always in control.
A person who is hypnotized can awaken himself at any time, and the hypnotist cannot make someone do something that he otherwise would not want to do.
Those who fear that the hypnotist has some kind of “magical” power or “mind control” ability simply do not understand how the mind works. These concepts are myths, not realities, in clinical and medical hypnotherapy. Although the results may seem amazing or miraculous, there is truly nothing ‘mystical’ about hypnosis.