session. People that are relaxed are commonly feel more refreshed, can concentrate more,improve their cognitive abilities, and therefore are faster learners. Stage hypnotists don't put want to put their participants into relaxed states, however. That wouldbe a boring show. Instead, they usually want to instill some excitement or a sense of adventure -similar to the mood a child would be in. MYTH 5: Highway hypnosis Highway hypnosis, as defined by Wikipedia, says, Highway hypnosis is a mental state in which the person can drive a truck or automobile greatdistances, responding to external events in the expected manner with no recollection of havingconsciously done so. In this state the driver's conscious mind is apparently fully focusedelsewhere, with seemingly direct processing of the masses of information needed to drive safely.'Highway Hypnosis' is just one manifestation of a relatively commonplace experience, theoreticallywhere the conscious and subconscious minds appear to concentrate on different things; workersperforming simple and repetitive tasks and people deprived of sleep are likely to experiencesimilar symptoms. Therefore, it is a sort of subconscious "driving mode." Again, you may already be able to guess what is wrong with this definition: hypnosis is not amental state!Highway hypnosis is a trance state (it is a shift away from "everyday" awareness). There is nocommunication going on, and therefore - no hypnosis. Another similar (and just as natural) trancestate is when you get so absorbed in a movie that you lose track of the time. It is easy to see how these states can be confused with hypnosis because hypnosis usually likesto replicate these trance states in order to increase suggestibility (but remember: if there are nosuggestions being communicated - then it is not hypnosis). MYTH 6: Hypnosis is not a real catalyst for physical or chemical changes in the body. Actually even just for the simple fact that the brain is made up of electro-chemicals called neuronswhich shoot off between 50-200 times per second makes anything a potential catalyst for achemical change in the body. All we need to do is think about something and our brain chemistryis altered. But more practically people want to know if hypnosis can actually result in bodily changes like anincrease/decrease in weight, the building of muscle, or even an increase in breast/penis size.Typically, the answer is "yes, to some extent" to all of these question. Hypnosis can not make your body so something it isn't already capable of doing naturally on itsown. But hypnosis has been proven to help guide the body through certain changes through theuse of suggestion for both behavioral changes (such as eating less, motivation to go to the gym)and even direct changes in the body (changes in metabolism, time it takes muscles to repair, andthere have even been cases of improvements in vision, and yes, penis and breast size growth -hypnosis has been show to be particularly good with directing substantial changes in soft tissue).