If a curious novice asked you to introduce them to the world of hypnosis, where would you begin and why?
I would probably begin by saying that everything they know about hypnosis is probably wrong. Then I would explain how the misconceptions surrounding hypnosis got started, and why. After that, I would explain what we now know about hypnosis, based on the studies performed just in past decade. I would also add descriptions of some of my experiences under and observations regarding hypnosis.
When all that is done, I would ask if they want to be hypnotized and if they would consent to letting my hypnotize them.
After that? Well, by then they still may be curious but they wouldn’t be novices any longer.