Hypnosis is a trance state where the patient tunes out to most of the stimuli around him and focus intently on a particular subject, to the near exclusion of any other thought. A patient in a hypnotic state also feels uninhibited and relaxed. Unlike the popular portrayal of such technique on TV and film, hypnosis patients retain absolute free will and as such cannot be coerced to do something which goes against their values, morals, or which will endanger them or others. It is typically used in conjunction to psychotherapy or counseling, rather than a treatment in itself. When patients are in a hypnotic state, they can explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories much more easily than when they are not.