Our expert says:
No it isn't and I dont have the same objections, and for good reasons. "Self-hypnosis" is a form of self-relaxation and self-control, with far less risks that hypnosis done by others. It is similar in some ways to meditation or even more closely to what used to be called "autogenous relaxation" , and to breathing and other methods used.
You've noticed a potential limitation in that if someone thinks its silly or is too self-aware or easily distrated, it can be more difficult to get started, but still possible. When stray thoughts start to distract, swat them away like flies, and continue to focus on relaxing your muscles, body and min. You surely can get it right. Sometimes it's easier to start with some sessions of doing it under the guidance of the psychiatrist, till you get the hang of it and can do it yourself.
I love your example of cat training --- it is such a real phenomenon, though I think it's also the mark of extremely nice people !
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