That was commonly believed 50 years ago or more, but doesn’t really hold true. Hypnosis, as has been mentioned, is a perfectly natural state that we all enter, perhaps without realizing it, every day. So in reality everybody has at least some experience at going into hypnosis. In fact, there are really only three kinds of people who cannot be hypnotized at all:
- People who, because of physical/biological brain damage or disease, are unable to focus;
- People who are very intoxicated or in a similar drug-induced altered state, and therefore can’t focus;
- People who don’t want to be hypnotized.
Everyone we’ve met who “can’t be hypnotized” falls into that third category. They may consciously think they want to try being hypnotized, but they invariably jerk themselves out of trance just as they start to slip into it. And that’s fine; it is, as has been mentioned already, your mind.