Some people aren’t interested in learning something new. They simply want the validating feeling of confirming what they already believe. So they look for others who agree, and dig their heels in and defend their beliefs. This leaves people stuck where they started, instead of gaining an appreciation for a different perspective that can help.
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.