Why does Hypnosis scare some people? There are many Myths About Hypnosis and these myths are being challenged every day. Even though stage hypnotists and TV shows have damaged the public image of hypnosis, a growing body of scientific research supports its benefits in treating a wide range of conditions, including pain, stress management, depression, anxiety and phobias, as well as behavior modifications! “Hypnosis works and the empirical support is unequivocal in that regard. It really does help people,” says Michael Yapko, PhD, a psychologist and member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.