If you’ve watched some of the shows demonstrating the power of hypnosis, you’d think that it takes years and years of practice, right? Yes and no.
Professionally (like in the medical field) it does take years to master hypnosis and the ways it can be used to help others. Still, for less serious situations, all you need is the right mindset and a bit of training to learn the art yourself!
Putting someone in a trance may sound magical and difficult, but it is a lot more straightforward than you think.
A trance in hypnosis is simply a state where the participant is much more responsive to your suggestions.
Most, if not all of us, go through several forms of self-hypnosis nearly every day.
When you’re watching a movie, reading, daydreaming, driving, or carrying out certain tasks, you can “lose yourself” in the activities and tune out the rest of the world.
On the other hand, you are conscious of the stimuli around you, but you are so focused on the activity at hand enough to fully engage your emotions.
When you get lost in a book or a movie, it is common to feel joy, sadness, fear, or surprise.
That in itself is a trance state where what’s imaginary can feel real.
However, conventional hypnosis focuses on creating a deeper trance brought on by intense relaxation.
Think of hypnosis as a tool that helps you bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious.
We are normally aware of the conscious thoughts, the things that are right in front of us, but the subconscious is always behind the scenes, running ideas and thoughts through the conscious mind.
The little things that you do automatically and naturally, without little thought, are often led by the subconscious.
While the conscious mind evaluates, the subconscious mind is the brains behind it all. When you’re asleep, the conscious mind is at rest, leaving the subconscious to roam free.
This is why psychiatrists use hypnosis; to put the mind at rest, subdue the conscious mind, and interact with the subconscious.
If you can learn how to put your friends in a trance effectively, then there’s a high chance you can access the subconscious and hypnotize them.
Keep in mind that the subconscious has a conscience; therefore, you cannot force anyone to do anything against their will. Also, there are a few studies to keep in mind:
- Many, but not all people, are responsive to hypnosis
- Individuals who easily fall into fantasies and imaginative worlds are more receptive to hypnosis than those who aren’t
- Children are more inclined to hypnosis than adults
- An open mind from the participant tends to give better results
Common Myths in Hypnosis
1. Involuntary Hypnosis
Some shows and stories suggest that hypnotists can get you hypnotized against your will.
That is untrue; if any suggestions made by the hypnotist are unwanted by the participant, the hypnosis cannot work. The participant’s consent is required for the results to occur.
Also, from an external point of view, it may seem like the participant may be performing whatever actions the hypnotist suggests without their consent.
Luckily, no hypnotist can control your actions against your wishes. The hypnotists merely suggest actions that your subconscious is comfortable doing.
There’s a belief that people lose any memory of the activities that happened while they were in a trance.
However, participants do remember everything that happened while under; though the subconscious mind takes the lead during hypnosis, the conscious mind can still note what is going on.
There are cases where participants forget a few things, but memory loss is generally temporary.
3. Major Memory Enhancement
Many movies and shows may show the participants recalling past events in vivid and accurate details. These effects are often exaggerated since hypnosis can only enhance memory in a limited manner.
Sometimes hypnosis can lead to false or vague memories.
These are some of the simple steps you can use to hypnotize your friends if you are certain you can handle them. As fun and easy as it may sound, it is always wise to remember not to go too far with hypnosis.
Respect your participant’s mind, don’t make unpleasant suggestions, and don’t pretend to be a trained hypnotherapist! If you want to learn more about hypnosis, you can take this Conversational Hypnosis course and get some training.