Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness similar to meditation or
deep prayer. The person being hypnotized is always in control, aware of the
surroundings and very receptive to suggestions.
Forensic hypnotist Paul Kincade has been instrumental in getting legislation
passed in the state of Nevada that permits post-hypnotic testimony.
"As a result of our success rate, I do see the word spreading....It's really
an excellent law enforcement tool -- provided it's properly conducted," says
So do hypnotists really swing a gold watch in front of the patient's face
in order to hypnotize them? "No, that's Hollywood," says James Ramey of the
National Council of Medical and Clinical Hypnotherapy. Instead, hypnotists
use relaxation techniques and simply talk to their patients.
Hypnosis can be used to treat overeating, smoking, panic attacks, pain,
depression, anger, addictions and much more.
Hypnosis was officially endorsed by the American Medical Association in
1958. Psychotherapists, psychologists, counselors and other health professionals
often go back to school to receive hypnosis training, which they use in their
Hypnotists must possess high physical and emotional energy. Dealing with
the career's day-to-day problems can cause stress and emotional burnout.
Because many hypnotists are self-employed, they're able to set their own
hours. However, they may have to work at night or on the weekend in order
to see patients.