During hypnosis you are not asleep and nothing can happen without your consent. You can hear everything being said and afterwards will usually remember all that has happened while in hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is a useful supplement to orthodox medicine and can achieve considerable success in its own right.
Virtually everyone can enter the hypnotic state using the right techniques and working with a hypnotherapist with whom you feel empathy.
During hypnosis EEG recordings show that you are more alert than during the waking state. There is however, a focusing of attention inwards so that outward attention becomes less, which is similar to daydreaming or to how you feel in the few seconds before you drop off to sleep. You are in a state of deep relaxation where the analytical part of your mind closes down and the subconscious mind opens up to listen and to react.
MOST CERTAINLY NOT. You cannot be made to do anything against your wishes or moral code. You retain full control throughout the entire hypnotherapy session. There is no magic and the only power used is the power of your own mind
The human brain is an amazing organ in that the restrictions placed on it during childhood are still acted on and used as criteria for decisions made later in life in situations where they are obviously no longer relevant. Hypnosis can help you to reprogram these references so they are relevant to the here and now; however regression is not always necessary or indeed desirable.
Definitely Not! Since you retain full control whilst in hypnosis you cannot be compelled to reveal anything you wish to keep secret.
No! You can choose to return to your normal waking state anytime you want to, even during a hypnotherapy session.