Can you be hypnotized against your will?

By Søren Andersen

This question implies that hypnosis does something you wouldn't want it to do, and if that's the case the question should rather be: Can you be made to do anything you don't want with the use of hypnosis. But to answer the original question: no one can make you enter the hypnotic state if you don't want to, unless you believe they have the power to do so. So now that you know, that it can only happen if you believe it can, you simply need to adjust your belief, if you fear that someone would suddenly put you in a hypnotic state.

To address the other question: can you be hypnotized to do something you don't want to do; that's also not possible unless you believe that the hypnotist has this power. Think of it like a mental contract. If you include in the contract that he has the power to do something you don't want, he has this opportunity. But since it is your mental contract you simply not include this. I wouldn't encourage anyone to seek out a hypnotist, if they believe that the hypnotist has the power to make them do something they don't want to. If you didn't want a particular person to enter you house without your permission, would you give them a key? There's no point in doing that is there? You can safely consult a hypnotist when you know that he can only suggest things, that you can either accept or reject.