Truth: This is one of the most damaging myths out there about hypnosis and likely stems from stage hypnosis acts. Before volunteers are asked to go on stage, the hypnotist will first screen audience members in order to choose cooperative people who are responsive to hypnosis and have some exhibitionist tendencies. A stage hypnosis act is not legitimate hypnosis.
YOU are always in control during hypnosis. You will control how deeply you will go into a hypnotic state, which suggestions you will accept from the clinician, and how you will make sense of this process. Hypnosis is not forced on people, but something they can do for themselves. The clinician is a guide or a facilitator during this process.