When you ask someone whose only exposure to hypnosis comes from a television show if he thinks he can be hypnotized, you might very well get this answer:
“I don’t believe in hypnosis. Therefore, it won’t “work” on me.”
Maybe even you feel that way.
That belief is garbage. Sorry. Here’s why.
Everyone goes into trances.
Yes, even you. Even if you’ve never watched a hypnotist on YouTube. Even if you’ve never been to a relaxing hypnosis show.
Every time you chill out, you go into a trance. Whenever you lose all of the feeling in your body when you read a good book or watch your favorite movie, you’re hypnotized. And everyone slips into this comfortable state of mind as they daydream right before and after they sleep. Believe it or not, you are probably in a trance more often than you are fully aware, every day.
This is a brain function.
The ability to let go of your higher faculties and daydream is programmed into you. It takes effort to not go into a trance. There is nothing to believe or not have faith in. No matter how strange this looks, your mind works just like this on its own, all the time: (aff link)
Hypnosis is not magic.
The reality of a session or a show is quite different from the way it appears. No one can magically or supernaturally make your brain drop into a trance. You can be helped into one at a time and in a place where it would not be natural for you to daydream. A wise hypnotist can help you do that with one or more induction and deepening methods.
A lot of not-so-wise hypnotists and misguided but well-meaning laypersons post lies on the Internet. Please ask me about the parts of hypnosis you have a hard time believing in as replies below.
For more information on this and other trance phenomena, please come see Jnspire Hypnosis on YouTube and Facebook.