Reading a (critical) article about Scientology I started to wonder: Is hypnosis possibly very simple? Could it be that most of hypnosis consists of skillfully leading a person from a rational to an irrational mindset? A person who thinks rationally is not easily controlled. He evaluates everything and makes his own decisions. A person who does not think rational is much more easily controlled by someone who knows their weakness. If you know someone's fears and are even able to place fears into someone's mind it's easy to control them. Same goes with delusions. Could it be that hypnotists are mostly just skilled artists who are able to play with their subjects mind, preachers who call for blind faith?
Could it be that blind following in religions and cults is simply a form of hypnosis?