There is nothing supernatural or magical about hypnotism, and there is not one documented case of harm coming to anyone as a result of its therapeutic use. Although its benefits are well established, it remains a misunderstood and often-dreaded subject in the minds of the general public.
This resistance stems from our natural fear of any powerful force we do not understand. Ironically, there is a much greater danger in not understanding it. This force does not come from the hypnotist, but from your own subconscious mind, and if you do not control it, it controls you. Most of our physical ailments and mental depressions are the result of this uncontrolled power working against us when we could easily be using it to our advantage.
Hypnotism is neither metaphysics nor religion, although it does explain the miraculous cures effected by sincere faith healers. It is not contrary to the teachings of any major religions, and is in fact, used in most of them. Any thought or idea repeated at length in solemn surroundings deepens faith by subconscious affirmation, and this is hypnosis. You are hypnotized to some degree every day of your life. While reading an interesting book, while watching TV, or any time when your conscious mind is absorbed, your subconscious is more vulnerable.
Fear of hypnotism is gradually giving way to acceptance by a more enlightened society. Doctors are finally accepting it as a valuable therapy in the treatment of the symptoms of psychosomatic diseases. Psychiatrists are supplementing psychotherapy with hypnotherapy, often reducing the therapeutic process to less than one eight of the time formerly needed for similar results. Since most doctors do not have time to teach self-hypnosis to their patients, they utilize qualified hypnotherapists to do the job. Dentists who use hypnosis to relax apprehensive patients find they need little or no anaesthetic for painless drilling or extraction.