The word “hypnosis” might conjure notions of the supernatural, or of parlor tricks and con men, but real hypnosis is a clinical tool frequently used by psychiatrists. Now scientists are catching a glimpse of how it affects the brain.
The other day a heavy smoker came into my office, could barely walk down the street with all the huffing and puffing. He said he wanted to stop smoking. On the verge of retirement, he realized he’d better stop if he wanted to have any chance of enjoying his golden years. Had tried everything else. The patch, the gum, the drugs. Nothing worked. He was desperate.