Posted: Apr 28, 2010 8:19 pm
by The_Metatron
From An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural entry on hypnosis:

"... Since there are no adequate definitions of trance and no means whereby one can test for that state, it appears more likely that hypnotism is a mutual agreement of the operator and the subject that the subject will cooperate in following suggestions and in acting out various suggested scenarios. As such, hypnotism may be a valuable tool in psychology. ..."

In regards to your particular application, the article has this to say:

"Recent research has shown that weight loss and cessation of smoking, both popularly advertised as curable by hypnotism, cannot be accomplished without the earnest desire of the sufferer to achieve the desired result; this leads to the question of whether or not the results might be as easily attained by some other form of approach, such as religious inspiration, the caring of a family member, or the intervention of another mystic-sounding but ineffective therapy. This is an idea that professional hypnotists do not care to hear."

I seem to be immune to hypnotism.

Sounds like woo to me.