How to Hypnotize People Without Them Knowing
Covert Hypnosis Happens Every Day
Did you ever notice that when you're reading something powerfully engaging, time begins to fly by? Have you ever been so completely absorbed in reading that you hang on every word? Often, there's a warm, cozy feeling of pleasurable excitement present that you can feel in your belly and it's almost like everything else has disappeared.
When you're sucked into a book, you imagine in vivid, colorful detail everything you read on the page. You feel wonderful feelings as they are masterfully described.
When you know how to hypnotize people, you can recreate those wonderful feelings and experiences in people around you deliberately, consistently and on the fly!
Is It OK to Covertly Hypnotize Others?
First, it's important to know that everyone is hypnotized many times a day anyway. However, mostly it's unintentional and random.
Hypnosis is, contrary to popular belief, simply a state of higher alertness, focused attention and responsiveness to suggestion. Despite the name, it has nothing to do with sleeping, and it can very well be carried out during a simple everyday conversation.
So, for covert hypnosis (or conversational hypnosis) to happen, two things have to be established:
1.) The person has to have focused attention
2.) The subject must respond to suggestion
That's it. Hypnosis isn't a sinister way to control people, and in fact, it's impossible to hypnotize someone into doing something they don't want to do. What you can do, however, is give someone a suggestion that they might not have thought of on their own. You can even suggest it in such a way that they think they've thought it up independently.
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Now, How Exactly Do We Hypnotize Someone?
Well, first we have to get some initial attention from our listener/reader. Second, we have to establish some sort of connection with them. Here's an example of this that you've probably experienced in everyday life.
Imagine that you are really absorbed in a conversation or a good book. You can feel a growing connection with the person you're talking to or with the author or narrator of this particular text. As you become more and more absorbed in the content, you find yourself able to let all your surroundings go and focus completely on your reading because you feel you're about to discover something special.
You begin to cling to every word and notice how your excitement grows with every sentence, because you know you're much closer to this discovery than you ever thought.
A very simple form of rapid covert hypnosis occurs when someone really wants to know something (interest, focused attention) and an authority figure begins to explain it (reduced critical faculty; heightened responsiveness to suggestion).
Engage as Many Senses as You Can and You'll be Hypnotizing in No Time!
The more senses you can engage during a conversation, the better you'll be at secretly hypnotizing people.
You can easily engage the senses with colorful descriptions. Writers of good novels do it all the time.
Put details in your stories, describe emotions and bodily sensations. Use suggestive language but don't be so blunt as to trigger the critical faculty! If you offend or startle your subject, they will lose trust in you and no longer respond as well to your suggestions.
Covert hypnosis is very rarely done directly. Usually what is required is a more subtle and indirect approach!
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Take Your Subject on an Imaginative Journey!
I invite you to imagine for a moment a place in your mind where you're super-suggestible. It's the place where everything is possible. New ideas are constantly being acted out, tested and retained if found beneficial. It's a place in your mind where you can safely experience the things you normally wouldn't.
And as you allow yourself to experience these words as coming through that special place in your mind, you can begin to understand that covert hypnosis is very powerful. You really want to learn all I can teach you about it, because having access to that part of the mind can prove to be very beneficial, can't it?
Now, this super-suggestible place is in everybody's mind. You just have to learn how to access it, and it's a lot easier than you think!
So, how do you bring a person from here and now and take them to the place and time you want?
We just did it! This last few paragraphs were designed to do just that. And as you can see, the possibilities are endless. The whole point is to slowly change the person's train of thought. You start where they already are, and subtly divert them towards a new train of thought until they accept it as their own.
There really isn't a super-suggestible place in someone's mind until the idea of its existence is introduced from outside. Before you read that passage about visiting the place in your mind where you're super-suggestible, you didn't have it! You still don't—but the concept has become a powerful trigger inside your mind to get you into that super-suggestible state.
Also, notice the language used to establish the idea. I didn't force it on you by saying something like: "You have a place in your mind where you're super-suggestible," and I didn't say: "Become super-suggestible now!"
This would probably be met by your resistance. However, by wording it like this: "I invite you to imagine for a moment a place in your mind where you're super-suggestible," I most probably got you to imagine such a place.
This last part reminds me of another important point...
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Never Tell People that You Secretly Hypnotized Them!
Never talk about what you're doing and never brag to people what you did. It's the dumbest rookie mistake and everybody does it at one point (unless they have been warned about it).
Covert hypnosis isn't about mind control and open manipulation. It's about subtle influence. To do it you need FULL COOPERATION from your listeners or readers.
Although this cooperation is only implied as your prospect continues to talk to you. In a way it's an "unknowing cooperation" as opposed to "knowing cooperation" in classical hypnosis in therapy sessions or stage shows.
Perhaps a better word instead of cooperation would be "Attention".
Remember: Covert hypnosis isn't what YOU do to people but is rather something that you AND your listeners/readers are doing together. You're simply guiding them and they willingly follow. Always be grateful that your subjects allow you to lead them.
Hope you enjoyed this hub. Naturally this was just a very brief review of covert and conversational hypnosis. There are almost unlimited tools you can use to secretly hypnotize people and as you become a master, you can begin to develop your own.
Enjoy learning about covert hypnosis!
Here's to your new persuasive powers!
P.S. Note: This information is powerful and you will get a huge, unfair edge over others. I suggest you pursuit the knowledge of covert hypnosis full heartedly, but please use your new skills wisely and responsibly! And herein lies another clue... You have to use the techniques in the real world to become proficient.