To define the concept of hypnosis, of all possible definitions, I would choose one of Milton H. Erickson, who says that hypnosis is a state of attention which is focused on what is really important.

       Although this definition may sound strange, it is the most correct for me. Hypnosis is a simple and normal state in which we are focused on ourselves; when all our attention is focused on ourselves and the environment becomes irrelevant. We all have the experience of a state of mind in which we do not see and hear anything around or do something, but we have not been aware of it. Such a form of focus on ourselves and the exclusion of the environment is the state of consciousness that we recognize as hypnosis.

       The most common misconception is the control of a person in that condition. A person in a state of hypnotic trance cannot be forced to do anything she would not do otherwise. That is why stage hypnotists (entertainers) choose volunteers with a dose of exhibitionist tendencies as well as those they recognize by observing the public that they are more susceptible to trance. This is how individuals get ready for anything but that does not mean they have no boundaries.

       Hypnosis can be used for relaxation, which many people are looking for, but also for work on specific problems, but then we talk about psychotherapy. It is a common misconception that hypnosis can solve the problem as a magic wand – when problem simply disappears. Unfortunately, according to this myth, there is no lack of the experts who are able to immediately estimate how much of the meetings (and money) will be needed to solve some problem. Anyone with a touch of reality will ask how they can estimate anything? Are all the problems equal for all people, so they have a recipe for solving them? Unfortunately, the human tendency to search for instant solutions effortlessly maintains such illusions.