How to Hypnotize Someone – A Hypnotism How ToBy Adam Sinicki
Knowing how to hypnotize someone would be a rather awesome skill to have – the ability to snap your fingers and immediately make someone 'go under' and obey your every whim. It would be a position that was open to some abuse yes, and it might well drive you evil... but in most cases that's something we would be willing to risk and we would still love to know how to hypnotize someone.
When you see a stage magician hypnotize someone, or someone in a film, they really do make it look like a magic power – they click their fingers and then give them absurd commands which they completely obey usually to their detriment and to the hypnotist's gain. So could a hypnotism how to teach you to do this yourself and give you those abilities? Here we will look at the reality of how to hypnotize someone in this hypnotism how to. You may not be a Jedi warrior by the end of it, but you will certainly learn a bit more about the human mind and you might be able to take some of the principles learned and run with them.
How Does Hypnotism Work?
The first step to mastering something is to understand it, so with that in mind – what is hypnotism and how does it work? Well I studied psychology for a degree and though we rarely learned to explode people's brains by looking at them (as I had hoped) I did have one lecturer who had a passing interest in hypnotism and they described it as being entirely about 'suggestions'. You simply make suggestions to the person listening in a very subtle way that they hopefully won't notice and that then they will hopefully take on board.A great example of how this can work is the scotoma. A scotoma is also known as a 'mental blind spot' and the idea here is that although you can see something perfectly clearly, you're unconscious mind isn't letting you notice it. Most people have probably experienced a scotoma at some point or another – such as when you've been looking for your wallet for twenty minutes to no avail, and then someone else steps right in and finds it for you in seconds. The reason they were able to find it so easily was that it was never that hidden. What had happened instead was that your brain had convinced itself they weren't there – you'd talked yourself into thinking that the keys weren't there and so your brain was just trying to make sure that you got proven right. Tell yourself you can't find something and you won't.
As a hypnotist then, your mission statement is to try and mimick this effect. To get the person to believe you when you tell them something to such a degree that their unconscious mind makes it into a reality. This is the basics of how to hypnotize someone and what you will essentially be attempting.
Hypnotism How To: Some Hypnotism Techniques
Whenever you imagine a picture of a hypnotize demonstrating how to hypnotize someone, you tend to think of a man swinging a watch backwards and forwards infront of someone's eyes and telling them that they're feeling sleepy. This is a relatively stereotypical image and it's because this is such a classic strategy. Old though it might be though, it also still has quite a lot of merit.
Essentially when you swing a watch infront of someone's eyes, what you are doing is tiring out their eye muscles by getting them to look slightly up and move them about a lot. This on its own is enough to make a person start to feel tired, and that's when the hypnotist will say:
'Your eyes are starting to feel sleepy'
And to the happless believer this then seems like magic 'he said I was feeling sleepy and then I did!' which gives them confidence if everything else the hypnotist says. Thus when they say you are falling into a deep sleep you start to feel that way too (and the soporific and calming voice helps too) and they have some kind of a hold over you. Part of the job of the hypnotist though is to be attuned to you and to note whether or not you actually do look sleepy. If they say that and you feel wide awake then they lose their credibility. So they need to look for cues and constantly respond to those.
At the same time they will tend to lace their words speech with unconscious hints and triggers that will be effective. So say you wanted to know how to hypnotize someone to make their legs feel heavy. As you talked you would then lace in lots of subtle mentions about things being 'heavy' or stiff and your language would work on multiple levels.
'As you fall asleep you feel the weight of the world lifting from your shoulders. You're falling into a deep sleep, you're so comfortable you almost couldn't move if you wanted to. Imagine taking a stiff drink and feeling all that tension slip away. Your legs are feeling heavier now, almost cemented to the floor and the seat.'
Another technique hypnotists use is anchoring. This technique is basically reliant on behavioral psychology, and the idea that you can 'condition' someone to have a certain response to specific stimuli. This is a technique also used in NLP. This then would establish a link between the sensation that the individual held at this point, and a physical stimulus such as a word or a snap of the fingers. You can do this by integrating it into your speech, or by getting them to focus on the stimulus at that time. From this point on, that connection is formed and the snap of the fingers will illicit this same state, emotions and beliefs and all.
For you to use this hypnotism how to however you will need to find the right context. You can't just go up to someone in the street and 'put them under', you need to find someone who is open and susceptible. In order to get into their unconscious mind, you need to be able to choose someone who is not completely unwilling to believe in hypnotism. This means then picking out the sort of person who seems to susceptible to the ideas of others. They will have open body language, and they be likely to 'go along with the crowd'. This is one of the biggest parts of how to hypnotize someone. Still though, unless you're Derren Brown, you're unlikely to be able to just hypnotize someone in the street.
Stage hypnotists use another couple of tricks to get things to work in their favor. One of them is quite simply social pressure – if they are on stage being told to do something there is an immense pressure to perform and it will be incredibly hard for them not to go through with it.
On top of this stage hypnotists will use blinding lights to the point where it's quite hard to see the audience. This disconnection from reality and the audience can be quite confusing and mixed with the cues from the magicians it can be enough for them to forget where they are and to play along with it – and there are fewer cues coming from their senses telling them that what they're being told isn't true.
How to Use Hypnotism in Day to Day Life
Obviously you're not going to be able to use these techniques particularly. A hypnotism how to is interesting, but it takes years of practice to learn to read the cues of the other person, to pick willing participants and to develop speeches that work. You can't even practice how to hypnotize someone on you're friends, because there will be far too many barriers there for them to let you in.
That said, what you can do is to take some of these hypnotism how to ideas and apply them to daily life in other ways. For instance by dropping little hints into your language you can just about steer the way someone thinks about something.
This was demonstrated in courts of law by psychologists looking at the reliability of eye-witness testimonies. For instance when someone is asked what speed a car was doing when it 'smashed into' the car in front, they will say it was going faster than if they were asked how fast it was going when it 'bumped into' the car in front – even if they saw it happen.
You can use this in your language then to help persuade and convince people of things. If you owe someone money and you've both forgotten how much you say 'didn't I owe you a little bit of money?'. You can even use this to get someone to crash their bike or fall over by saying 'don't crash into that tree'. All the unconscious mind hears is 'crash into that tree' and meanwhile they'll turn their heads (and we tend to swerve in the direction we're looking anyway). If you don't want them to crash then say 'be careful' which the unconscious mind hears much more positively.
The media meanwhile does this all the time both through the use of subliminal scripts that use a lot of positive dialogue, and through the use of anchoring – adverts aim to make you feel good and then link that feeling to the product.
You can also use self hypnosis. I'll write a self hypnosis how to at a later point, but essentially the idea is to get these ideas subliminally into your own head. Tapes that talk to you while you drift off to sleep achieve this by seeping in when your conscious brain is drifting off and is no longer able to filter and sort through what it's hearing.
So there you go, now you know theoretically how to hypnotize someone, and you know how to apply those lessons in your daily life.