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Hypnosis Network Tip: The American Medical Society accepted hypnosis as a legitimate therapeutic agent in 1958. Since then, there has been a lot of research investigating its effectiveness. Such research produced both clinical and experimental evidence about the effectiveness of hypnosis for smoking cessation, substance abuse, weight loss, phobias, depression, anxiety, and low self confidence. The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis summarized the results as follows: Home Study Self-Hypnosis had a 2-5% success rate, while group hypnosis sessions held a 2-5% success rate. Multiple sessions seem to be most effective: Single Individual Session: 17-20% success rate; Three Individual Sessions: 45-50% success rate ; Five or More Individual Sessions: 85-90% success rate.