All hypnosis is actually self-induced. When you sit in front of your favourite TV programme or become engrossed in a good book you are experiencing a hypnotic trance-like state. Holding a baby also produces the same hypnotic feeling, as the child’s breathing will quickly synchronise with your own. This gentle, rhythmic experience is what sends babies to sleep after you have picked them up and rocked them in your arms.
Perhaps you have set off on a journey by car, and have reached your destination without paying any attention to the moving scenery, and are surprised to find yourself at the end of the trip. Again you have experienced a mild hypnotic state, as the comfortable movement of the car and the rolling scenery have created a rhythmic experience.