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Brain imaging technologies such as MRIs and PET scans have allowed scientists to view the brain of the subject during hypnosis. These studies show that the left brain, which is generally the center of activity when a person is awake, slows a bit in activity, and that the right brain, generally considered to be the creative hemisphere, shows an increase in activity during hypnosis.
Although these are just preliminary studies that need a lot more research, the results are exciting in that they obviously indicate that the brain is experiencing some sort of change during hypnosis.
Originally posted by Glass
reply to post by Akragon
I've allowed myself to be hypnotized for recreational purposes, and I don't consider myself weak willed or weak minded.
Typically, if you are aware of the hypnosis and actively resist, it will not work. If you regularly practise critical thinking, it can be much more difficult to hypnotise you without your "consent", not meaning that you only have to say "Ok, you can hypnotise me," but you have to essentially let your guard down and allow the power of suggestion to move you.
Of course, if the hypnotist tells you to do something that you would never do otherwise, you can easily resist.
I had a great time when I was hypnotized. I would be interested in practising self hypnosis, as my mind often holds me back from spontaneous actions that I would really like to try.