Whatever your reason, attempting to hypnotize someone is not something that should be taken lightly, and should be done with the utmost care and precision. In the past, the most popular way to hypnotize someone was to make them lie down on a couch and swing a pocket watch in front of them. Nowadays, it can be done in a much more informal manner; and once you become very good at it, you can even know how to hypnotize someone without your subject even being aware of it. There are four main aspects of hypnotism, and as long as you follow them properly, you will become a very effective hypnotist. Here is what you need to do: |
Tip #1: Make sure you are fully prepared to hypnotize
Hypnotism takes training, because it involves many different techniques. Aside from that though, you have to also be mentally prepared to be able to take everything that you have learned and put it into practice. Confidence in yourself and your capabilities is extremely important. You have to be so self assured that no form of doubt - whether in the form of distracting thoughts or unexpected responses from your subject - should be able to deter you from focusing on the task at hand. Always keep your cool and do not let your subject see you as anything but totally in control at all times.
Tip #2: Establish a connection/rapport with your subject
One of the best ways to initiate hypnotism is to build rapport with your subject. Once you do this, he or she will be more likely to trust you and open their mind to be more receptive to your hypnotic techniques. Some different methods of establishing this connection can be to 'mirror' your subject; which simply means to subtly pick up the mannerisms and body language of your subject. For example, if they talk with their hands, you begin to do the same. You can share a personal confidential detail with your subject that they may have in common to build more trust. You can also use flattery to put your subject at ease. Mention their looks, wit or dress code in a complimentary way to effortlessly get into their psyche and get their guard down.
Tip #3: Disable your subject's critical mind
This is the hardest - and most important - part of hypnotism. Many people have preconceived notions about how to hypnotize someone, and may not be totally open to the process. They may put up a resistance to it by trying to analyze what is being done, and basically just 'thinking too much'. Your job as a hypnotist is to get your subject to engage their imagination so you can divert their attention to where you want it to be. Some ways to do this are getting he or she to picture themselves in a calming, relaxing place, or getting them to describe what a perfect day would entail. Let them get really caught up in the narrative; don't interrupt with questions that can jolt them out of the trance they've made for themselves.
Tip #4: Make suggestions to your subject
Now that the subject's mind is totally at ease, their body is relaxed and they have come to regard you with a level of trust, now is the time to influence them in a subliminal way. Make sure your tone of voice is flat, with absolutely no emotion, and be very specific in what you want to get across but in a way that is short and to the point. Do not be afraid to be repetitive. Try to aim for your suggestions to sound as if they were coming from your subject's own mind, as opposed to them being 'told'.
Now that you are armed with the four most important tips on how to hypnotize someone, you can be confident that you will be able to not only successfully hypnotize your subject, but also to improve on your hypnotic skills so that you can become a master hypnotist in no time at all.
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