Hypnosis induction should not be used as some sort of party trick as you are dealing with someone else’s mind. Unless you are a trained hypnotherapist, inducing hypnosis on a person can be dangerous at worst and at best, it’s irresponsible because those who lack the requisite training could make mistakes that cause long-term damage which is not instantly noticeable. There is the possibility that the person being hypnotized could have a negative reaction. Untrained inducers will probably panic and that will make the situation worse.
The Truth About Hypnosis
The main reason why hypnosis induction should only be carried out by professionals is because very few people actually know what hypnosis is all about. They assume that it involves sleep when in actual fact, it s entirely about being focused. During normal waking hours, we are completely unfocused as dozens of different things are capable of distracting us. With hypnosis, your conscious mind becomes relaxed, completely ignores all distractions and allows you to concentrate. The person under hypnosis eventually becomes so relaxed that their subconscious mind listens in what is known as a ‘suggestible’ state.
When a professional attempts to induce hypnosis, they need a volunteer, a quiet place and the subject will preferably be in a seated position. It is true that certain individuals are difficult to hypnotize but eventually, everyone can be induced into a hypnotic trance. The hypnotist must exude an air of confidence to show the subject that this will be a successful hypnotism.
It is the duty of the hypnotherapist to speak with the subject prior to the induction. It’s important to know what the subject’s expectations are as this will greatly help the procedure. After all, the success of hypnotism depends on the power of suggestion. It’s also a good idea to find out whether or not the subject has been hypnotized before. Finally, the professional should explain to the subject his own expectations, making sure to sound certain of a positive outcome.
In general, the hypnosis induction procedure begins with the professional asking the subject to put her hands up straight in front of her at shoulder height. Usually, the subject is seated because those who are standing will fall as the hypnosis takes hold. The subject’s palms should be facing inward and the hypnotist puts his index finger between the palms while asking the subject to keep her eyes focused on the finger. The hypnotist then removes the finger but only after asking the subject to keep her eyes focused on the space where the finger was. The subject will then close her eyes and be asked to imagine a great force pulling her hands together. When the subject’s hands close, she is told that a sudden feeling of relaxation will occur and she will fall into a deep sleep. Once the hands are about to close, the hypnotherapist will pull them together and shout a command such as ‘sleep’ or something similar. Generally, the subject slumps forward and the induction is more or less complete.
Most people have this negative idea of hypnosis induction where the subject is made to perform demeaning acts. This is the preserve of the dreaded stage hypnotist and has little to do with professional hypnosis. Most people’s only exposure to hypnosis induction is what they see on television where someone is picked out from the audience, quickly induced and made to do things such as barking like a dog or other foolish behavior, much to the amusement of the watching crowd.
This form of hypnotism is known as rapid induction. It works because the people who are chosen have already been screened and are seen as ideal candidates because they are highly suggestible. People who volunteer for these shows are clearly extroverts and looking to entertain. Also, rapid induction is possible if the subject has been successfully hypnotized before. Therefore, not everyone can be made crawl like a baby onstage in a matter of moments.
There are a host of different ways in which hypnotism can be rapidly induced but one of the best ways is to establish a rapport with the subject before making suggestions through metaphor after distracting the person’s attention. However, hypnosis induction is usually a gradual process which involves slowly getting subjects to close their eyes, tiring their mind through confusion and suggestion before completely focusing their minds.
Why Hypnosis Does Not Have To Be ‘Deep’
It should be noted that only a small percentage of people ever reach a state of deep sleep after a hypnotic induction. What may happen is that they achieve a state of deep trance instead which enables them to do things they could never do while awake. Most people have had an experience during their lives whereby they remember something out of the blue. This is usually something from the past they had all but forgotten. During deep hypnosis, it may be possible to recall memory through the process of regression which involves remembering an incident that has been hidden deep within the memory stores. It is also believed that positive (seeing something that isn’t there) and negative (believing that something is missing when it is actually there) hallucinations are possible.
Yet when people undergo hypnotic induction, it is not necessary for them to be in a deep trance in order for benefits to occur. Usually, a medium-level hypnosis is effective for people who are looking for the help of hypnotists when it comes to losing weight, quitting smoking, reducing anxiety etc. There is a common misconception about hypnosis induction which states that the session has been a failure if the person remembers all of it. The notion that you must be completely in a trance for hypnotism to be successful is completely false. Thousands of clients have had very successful inductions while believing they were never hypnotized at all. Subliminal suggestion is the real power of hypnosis. Once the barrier put up by the conscious mind has been bypassed, the induction has been a success. If the subject has a positive experience from the hypnotherapy session, it has served its purpose, regardless of how ‘deep’ the hypnosis seemed.