“Can I be hypnotized?” If you want to be, sure. So far, I’ve never failed at helping a client to achieve hypnosis.
When someone who wants to be hypnotized has difficulty, there’s likely to be a specific cause. For example, in the old days, many hypnotists were in the habit of telling clients, “No one can hypnotize you but me.” I don’t know why they did this, but it’s not hard for a good hypnotist to remove the suggestions of a bad one.
It also happens that a few people find going into hypnosis to be reminiscent of an experience they didn’t like. For example, nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is a hypnotic agent, and general anesthesia often starts with nitrous oxide before switching to a more powerful anesthetic, so sometimes people find that going into hypnosis reminds them unpleasantly of a hospital visit. This, too, can be dealt with in a straightforward manner.
But the most common difficulty is when clients have frightening misconceptions about hypnosis. On the one hand, stage hypnosis and movies are how most people first hear about hypnosis. On the other hand, they sure make it look lurid! So you can see how people would be nervous. Taking the time to talk to clients and answer their questions is more than enough in most cases. After all, they’ve already decided to devote time and money to hypnosis, so on the whole they’re already in favor of it.