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Hypnosis allows patients to focus intently on a specific problem and its resolution, while maintaining a comfortable state of physical relaxation. It also helps patients to enhance control over their body responses.
Hypnosis is a normal state of aroused, attentive, and highly-focused concentration—comparable to being so absorbed in a movie or novel that one loses awareness of his or her surroundings.