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Is hypnosis really concentration/focus?

Is hypnosis really concentration/focus?

It's widely claimed that hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention.

But I've also seen many claims that the hypnotic state is about accessing the subconscious mind directly, essentially "bypassing" consciousness.

However there lies a dissonance; all the material I ever read about focus (mostly from Daniel Goleman and Leonard Mlodinow) indicates that focus is a conscious phenomenon.

Can anyone please clarify?


The answer lies in what is known of the conscious, unconscious and the presconscious parts of the mind, with preconscious is the scientific name for the subconscious, however, for the purposes of this answer and because of how the theory of hypnosis is put together, I will refer to the preconscious as the subconscious.

When I was learning about the basis of hypnosis in formal training, I was taught to visualise the mind as the following diagram


Image: CCF diagram from my training notes - the "memories and belief system" part of the diagram is the subconscious part of the mind. The CCF (the orange part of the diagram) is the filter between the conscious and subconscious parts of the brain. It compares a new situation with our memories, belief system and morals.

Formation of our beliefs and morals

Internal and external influences form our belief system which is stored in our subconscious mind. External influences involve things within our environment. Internal influences involve things we 'know' to be true. I said 'know' because what we believe to be true and what is actually true, correlates with the things we have learnt during our lives. Our belief systems are built from the moment we are born. Our external influences such as what we have seen, touched, tasted, smelt and heard, help us to learn things whilst a baby. Listening to words and speech patterns from our parents help us to learn our language including names for objects.

As we get older and start to be able to wander around and explore our environment our parents tell us things such as “Don't touch that it's hot” or “Don't eat that or you will be ill”. We were told that the grass is green and the sky is blue. Cultural influences start playing a role too such as the idea that pink is a girls colour and blue is for boys, Barbie dolls are for girls and action men are for boys. We took those ideas on as literal truth.

As we got older, experiences begin to confirm some of those ideas. Some got hurt by the heat of a cup of tea. Some got ill from trying the berries we were told not to eat. In these ways we had a model of the world confirmed and constructed.

Some of those beliefs were absolutely correct, we tested the ideas and had them confirmed by outside sources. Some beliefs may have been left untested but nevertheless all the beliefs in turn developed what many call the, Conscious Critical Faculty (CCF) (Watts, n.d.).

The CCF (the orange part of the diagram) is the filter between the conscious and subconscious parts of the brain. It compares a new situation with our memories and belief system and morals. Everything stored in the subconscious is essential for your survival. If the CCF encounters something which goes against the belief systems or morals, stored in the subconscious, it throws the idea out and the belief systems remains intact and life can continue.

But what if there are falsehoods stored in the belief system? Phobias can develop and other damaging effects can take place. This part of the belief system can be built by other people who are unfortunately basing their information on their own belief systems. These in turn were given to them by people who formed their own belief systems. What can we do about this?

Take a situation where comments from adults, taught someone when they are a child, that they are selfish, unattractive or lacking intelligence. Once these ideas have taken hold it is very difficult to try and change these beliefs at a conscious level and remove them from the subconscious mind as the CCF will take over and reject opposing beliefs. This can be damaging to the confidence and opportunities in that persons adult life. This is why it's so easy to give advice but so difficult for some others to take it even when you know it is correct. For a more effective way of doing this, we need to bypass the Conscious Critical Faculty in order for the correct belief system to be accepted.

There are a number of ways that new information can be pushed past the CCF. (Burns, 2009)

They include:

  • Repetition
  • Shock
  • Hypnosis

Repetition

Selfishness and altruism, attractiveness and unattractiveness, intelligence and lack of intelligence etc. taught as a child or later instilled in adult life is often a result of repetitive comments. The same goes for trust and distrust in certain people or animals. How this happens is for example:-

  1. A belief that no man can be trusted is put to you on a repetitive basis
  2. This is usually backed up by other people's actions. Maybe a man disappointed you in the past
  3. The concept or belief becomes part of your belief system because no one in your circle of friends can give you an opposing concept or belief to compare it to
  4. This in turn affects the way you act towards men
  5. This then causes some men to react in a way which can be perceived to reinforce your belief

Repetitive affirmations and confirmations over time can rectify falsehoods in belief systems.

Shock

Shock that someone may experience as a result of a traffic accident for example, can induce unhesitating acceptance of thoughts and beliefs. (Burns, 2009) If the thought is given where someone says “that looks bad, I bet that hurts” then of course they will become extremely aware of the pain and in turn may develop a severe aversion to getting into a car again. Other traumas can have similar effects.

If you look at someone suffering from the trauma of war, rape or sexual assault, this trauma will lodge the memory of what happened straight in the subconscious and develop either conflicting belief systems which cause more problems, or immediately alter the belief system completely. Counselling sessions can dredge up those painful memories and the resulting shock induced can open the client to opposing thoughts and beliefs which can help to correct the faulty belief system.

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind where acceptable selective thinking is established, concentration is enhanced and the Conscious Critical Factor is bypassed, opening the subconscious mind to suggestion. With the subconscious mind open to suggestion without interference by the CCF, therapy will be able to work more quickly (Watts, n.d.) by installing correcting belief systems.

The hypnotic state can be induced by reading, carrying out a repetitive task or listening to a hypnotherapist's hypnotic induction routine. Watching television can induce a hypnotic state which helps to explain how effective on-screen advertising can be.

References

Burns, J., 2009. Beating the barriers to making life changes. [Online] Available at: http://www.somersethypnotherapy.com/articles-by-John-Burns/beating-barriers-to-change.pdf

Watts, T., n.d. *The Conscious Critical Faculty. [Online] Available at: http://www.selfhypnosis.com/the-conscious-critical-faculty


I would model it as an extreme, prolonged version of captivation.

The conscious mind goes on a tea break when there is loud, rhythmic music with synchronized light effects, stimulus that overwhelms the mind so it likely gives up trying to process it at a high level, and instead “goes along” with it… dancing, etc.

Dissecting when someone becomes highly-attracted to someone else… external distractions are eliminated, perception of time slows down, the sympathetic nervous system activates strongly to record the event long-term, the superego and most of the ego fall silent and whatever happens at the focus basically goes in to the mesmerized essentially verbatim as they perceived it.

Shaky speculation land: Maybe the evolutionary psych purpose could be allowing true-believer followers to experience unquestionably loyal to their cult leader? Or a mate to another mate. Even a mentor to mentee. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


The way people typically describe the feeling of being hypnotized, during hypnotherapy, is to be in a calm, physically, and mentally relaxed state, in which they are able to focus deeply on what they are thinking about.

Since clinical hypnosis is a noninvasive, nondrug treatment, finding that it can speed healing of wounds and other conditions could lead to fewer visits to doctors’ offices and faster return to normal activities. Also, further investigation might confirm our supposition that the mind can influence healing of the body.”8 мая 2003 г.


It's not so scary after all

Though hypnotherapy shouldn't be used as a solitary treatment, it's a fascinating way to delve deeper into your own mind. If you'd like to try it, make sure you visit a licensed hypnotherapist and don't just pick the cheapest person on Groupon.

Whether you want to run out and try it, or read up a little more, now you know that hypnotism isn't some scary form of mind control. It's simply a method of focus and concentration that bypasses some of our swirling, negative thoughts. Even so, I'm not gonna be the first to volunteer to be hypnotized at a State Fair show. that's just going to end up on YouTube.


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The Differences Among Mindfulness, Flow, and Hypnosis

Orin C. Davis fue el primero en tener un doctorado en Psicología Positiva. Su investigación se centra en el flow, la creatividad, la hipnosis y el aprendizaje, que va desde l trabajo hasta la vida cotidiana. Dirige el Laboratorio de Calidad de Vida y es un consultor autónomo. El sitio web de Orin. Los artículos de Orin los puede consultar aquí.

Vera Ludwig es una investigadora postdoctoral en la Escuela de Mente y Cerebro de Berlín en Alemania. Terminó su doctorado en psicología en Humboldt-Universität zu Berlín en 2013, investigando el impulso y el autocontrol mediante el uso de estudios sobre hipnosis y resonancia magnética funcional. Ademá de su investigación, Vera también es entrenadora de habilidades relacionadas con la atención, el yoga y la regulación de las emociones. Mira su viaje mientras realizaba su formación de maestros de yoga en Rishikesh, India, en 2017. Le gustaría animar a las personas a ser más aventureras en el desarrollo de sus mentes. ¡Vea su propia mente como un laboratorio!

This is nothing new. You’ve heard it a dozen times, and you probably skimmed right through that paragraph with an eyeroll at yet another lament about the state of modern society and how mindless we can be in our zombified existences. But, that’s just the standard contrast used whenever people try to define mindfulness.

As Brown and Ryan indicate, most people understand mindfulness juxtaposed to mindlessness, and hence the comparisons with typical daily life. But, the suggestion that mindfulness and mindlessness are opposites incites people to look for mindfulness in such a wide range of contexts that the definition of mindfulness becomes incredibly loose. People start conflating mindfulness, hypnosis, flow, meditation, and everything else that seems to be on the opposite end of the spectrum from the alleged defaults of putting out fires or staring blankly into space.

Let’s Set Up Some Boundaries

It might help just to put some boundaries around these constructs so we can make sure we’re communicating.

For a start, where the confusion begins to arise is in the role of attention in all three constructs, as they all require a significant degree of focus. Thinking of mindfulness, flow, and hypnosis as being functions of focus that are applied in different ways is what underlies the mess, so that is where the unpacking needs to start. Instead of conceiving of attention as a single construct, treat it as comprising two different functions, one of which is concentration, and the other of which is monitoring (i.e., awareness of one’s context).

Mindfulness

Originating in the Buddhist concept of sati, mindfulness relates to memory or keeping something in mind. In recent research, mindfulness has multiple definitions ranging from active cognitive processes to more passive observation. There are some good overviews in references. All descriptions of mindfulness involve paying careful, active attention to the present moment.

Incidentally, Chiesa’s review of the history of mindfulness and Western conceptions of it reveals several problems with the definition above. The first is that, according to Chiesa, mindfulness is not a morally- or ethically-neutral construct. Its development is associated with the concurrent development of ethically positive traits like loving kindness and compassion. The second problem is the utter lack of agreement among the various conceptions of mindfulness, which ranges so far that some of the scales that measure mindfulness don’t even correlate with each other. As Chiesa notes:

“In sum, according to classical literature, mindfulness concerns a lucid awareness of what is occurring within the phenomenological field and meditation plays a key role in the development of mindfulness. In particular, for the correct development of mindfulness, both concentrative and open monitoring skills should be developed with the main aim of keeping the mind anchored to present moment experience and perceiving an experience in its stark form free from one’s own projections and misunderstandings. Finally, an attitude of acceptance is thought to facilitate and to be the result of the development of both mindfulness and concentration.” (p. 258)

Because it involves being responsive to suggestion, hypnosis is goal-directed behavior, unlike mindfulness. It also requires a degree of absorption that excludes many of the percepts and happenings in the local environment, also unlike mindfulness. Although some definitions of mindfulness consider the ability to concentrate necessary for maintaining awareness of the present, this is different from the use of concentration in hypnosis, where absorption is used to eliminate awareness of the present in order to focus on specific thoughts, sensations, or behaviors. In fact, Dienes and colleagues point to a negative correlation between hypnosis and measures of mindfulness!

Get your lasso ready, because trying to define flow is yet another exercise in wrangling disputed constructs. What a decent number agree upon, however, is that flow involves deep focus and an experience of effortless action while engaging in an intrinsically-rewarding activity with a clear goal, some indicator of whether that goal is being met, and the loss of awareness of the self as the entity participating in the activity. The individual becomes part of the activity rather than a separate actor.

With regard to the high level of concentration necessary for flow, the concentration is not explicitly about maintaining awareness of the present as it is for mindfulness. Rather, flow involves merging action and awareness. Concentration is important for applying high levels of skill to meet a high-level challenge, which in turn requires eliminating everything in the present that does not pertain to meeting the high-challenge goal.

Thus, someone experiencing flow is not open to everything, and is certainly not accepting it nonjudgmentally. On the contrary, the goal-directed nature of flow requires extensive applications of judgment.

Finally, some conceptions of flow have an autotelic component that entails being intrinsically motivated to pursue the high-level challenge, which makes flow the only construct of the three to involve intrinsic motivation explicitly. While one might argue that mindfulness is inherently autotelic, the moral/ethical nature of mindfulness gives the pursuit of the endeavor a different bent from the neutrality of both flow and hypnosis (the latter of which does not contain an autotelic component).

Mindfulness, hypnosis, and flow all involve states of deep attention, but each has a key differentiator.

  • Mindfulness: intentional, nonjudgmental awareness of the present concentration exists to enable nonjudgmental monitoring of one’s surroundings in the present associated with morally/ethically positive constructs like loving kindness emphasis on the individual being agentic
  • Hypnosis: response to suggestion, including perception of automatic responses concentration exists to exclude the outside environment to yield hyperfocus upon a particular thought, experience, or behavior morally/ethically neutral
  • Flow: pursuing an autotelic, high-challenge goal concentration exists to maintain awareness of the present and surroundings only insofar as they pertain to the goal, and also to facilitate the application of high skill to meet the challenge morally/ethically neutral.

Just to make this a bit more confusing, one can intentionally direct a trance towards mindfulness, and practicing mindfulness can include a flow experience. But, each of the three constructs has a distinct attentional signature in terms of how concentration and awareness are used to create/facilitate the experience, among other differences.

Not that we can’t enjoy all three on a daily basis!

The authors used the resources below to support their points. Here’s a version of this discussion with citations included in place.

Bishop, S.R., Lau, M., Shapiro, S., Carlson, L., Anderson, N.D., Carmody, J., … & Devins, G. (2004). Mindfulness: A proposed operational definition. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 11(3), 230-241.

Dienes, Z., Lush, P., Semmens-Wheeler, R., Parkinson, J., Scott, R., & Naish, P. (2015). Hypnosis as self-deception Meditation as self-insight. In A. Raz & M. Lifshitz (Eds.) Hypnosis and meditation: Towards an integrative science of conscious planes (pp.107-128). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Gilpin, R. (2009). The use of Theravada Buddhist practices and perspectives in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Contemporary Buddhism, 9, 227–251. Abstract.

Glisky, M.L., Tataryn, D.J., Tobias, B.A., Kihlstrom, J.F., & McConkey, K.M. (1991). Absorption, openness to experience, and hypnotizability. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 60, 263-272. Abstract.

Kihlstrom, J.F. (2008). The automaticity juggernaut. In J. Baer, J.C. Kaufman, & R.F. Baumeister (Eds.), Are We Free? Psychology and Free Will, (pp. 155-180). New York: Oxford University Press.

Lynn, S.J., Green, J.P., Kirsch, I., Capafons, A., Lilienfeld, S.O., Laurence, J.-R., & Montgomery, G. (2015). Grounding Hypnosis in Science: The “New” APA Division 30 Definition of Hypnosis as a Step Backward. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 57, 390-401. Abstract.

Nakamura, J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2009). Flow theory and research. In C. R. Snyder & S. J. Lopez, Handbook of Positive Psychology (Oxford Library of Psychology), (pp. 195-206). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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The Hypnotic Process: What happens?

I. Hypnotherapy: Preparation or ‘Screening’


A hypnotherapy session with a ‘guide’ or hypnotherapist is usually carried out in a calm, relaxing, safe environment free from interruptions.

The preliminary ‘talk’ between the person to be hypnotised and the ‘guide’ normally highlights expectations and past experiences of hypnosis (if any). Furthermore, there is a discussion of the specific problem to be worked on.

Oftentimes, these problem areas include behaviour or thoughts that need to be re-balanced or changed completely. For example, help with stopping smoking or losing weight.

During this preliminary talk, a skilled hypnotist gains a lot of information. Thus, the initial talk will help the hypnotist to work out the best induction technique for a particular individual.

A hypnotherapy session usually follows a ‘loose‘ pattern:
  • The preparation or screening, of a client
  • Induction of an altered state of consciousness
  • Deepening of the trance state which is known to open up suggestibility’
  • The post hypnotic suggestions: Suggestions are given regarding the problem or area in the psyche to be worked upon

Ii. The Induction


Typically, in a hypnotherapy session, the first fifteen minutes are designed to relax the body and mind. This first stage of hypnosis is called the induction. The induction phases involves encouraging a person to enter into a ‘light trance’ using relaxation techniques. Such relaxation methods work on both the mind and the body.

The ‘gradual induction’ process, encourages the person to be hypnotized to focus on and relax all of their muscles. Furthermore, this physical relaxation technique helps to get rid of tension and release anxiety.

Usually, some attention will be given to slowing and controlling the breath this again, encourages relaxation and distracts the conscious mind.

There are many different induction methods and different individuals will respond better to some than others. Thus, it is important to use a highly individualised approach for hypnosis sessions.

Iii. ‘Deepening’ of the Trance State


The second stage in the hypnotic process is to deepen the trance state. This ‘deepening’ prepares the unconscious mind to be more receptive to new suggestions. behaviour. Furthermore, once the new suggestions have been accepted new patterns of thinking and behaviors will follow.

Sometimes the techniques used to deepen the trance are simply continuing and reinforcing the chosen induction method. However, such methods usually involve deepening bodily relaxation combined with in-depth visualization techniques led by the hypnotist.

For a more in depth look at some of these ‘deepening’ techniques see the full hypnosis script.

It is very important to ensure the subject has entered a ‘deep’ state of altered consciousness before moving on to the ‘hypnotic suggestion’ phase of the process.

The three levels or stages of the hypnotic state:-

  1. Hypnoidal State: The first stage of hypnosis is entered into on induction. This is a ‘light’ state of relaxation and inner focus. The hypnoidal state is characterized by fluttering eye movements.
  2. Cataleptic State: The second stage of hypnosis is a ‘deepening’ of the altered state. This level is characterized by side to side eye movements.
  3. Somnambulistic State: This stage is the deepest ‘trance state’ characterized by rolling upwards of the eyes. Suggestions are received on a unconscious level and the person may have no memory of hearing them.

How deep is your Trance?


Interestingly, most of the work on overcoming bad habits and/or self improvement is achieved when a person is in a hypnoidal or Cataleptic State.

Moreover, it is believed that the deeper the trance state, the better the results.

However, because the hypnosis process is so subjective it is only really the person who has been hypnotized that can assess the depth of the trance state.

The fact that memory may be impaired in the hypnotic process only adds to the difficulties in assessing levels of trance.

The three states described above are more of a ‘guide‘ into hypnosis.

With the advancement of imaging equipment of the brain, the hypnotic trance has started to receive some attention and accreditation.

The Scientific Study


In a study by Kosslyn (2000), eight people were examined under a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan whilst hypnotised. The subjects were asked to see a color pattern, then the same pattern in gray-scale. Next, participants saw a similar gray-scale pattern in color and finally the gray-scale pattern as gray scale.

The areas of the left and right hemispheres of the brain were activated when they were asked to perceive color whether or not the subject was looking at a color pattern or a grey-scale pattern.

This resulted in the conclusion that observable changes in subjective experiences during hypnosis were actually reflected by changes in brain function.

The work of Kossly is important. This is because it illustrates how hypnotic suggestions influences brain activity and not just behaviour and experience.

Iv. The Therapeutic Utilization of Hypnotherapy


The next stage of the hypnotic process is the suggestions that are designed to change thought patterns and behaviors. Often these suggestions for self improvement will have been agreed upon by the hypnotist as well as the patient in the initial introduction.

Thewording of the suggestions is very important. Research has shown that the unconscious mind responds well to open suggestions or questions. But does not recognise negative suggestions.

A skilled hypnotist will be able to couch the suggestions to affect the change in a way that each individual will respond to. Furthermore the suggestions need to be put in a way that fits in with the ‘worldview’ of the subject.

A post-hypnotic suggestion is made during the hypnotic process. But has an effect at a later point in the future.

Furthermore, a suggestion may be accepted immediately. But more often the suggestion will need to be repeated regularly over several sessions to take root in the unconscious mind. However, once the suggestion does take hold, thought patterns will begin to change. Finally the new thought patterns lead to real behavioural change.

Post-hypnotic suggestions can be either visual or auditory – it depends on each individual and how they respond to the world.

How sensitive a person is to visual or auditory stimulation should be assessed by a good hypnotist in the preparatory or ‘screening‘ phase. In addition, extra physical clues may be given as the hypnotherapist guides a subject from a light trance into a ‘deepening’ trance.

In future posts on hypnotic scripts we will examine the different stages of hypnotherapy with some examples of hypnotic suggestions.

V. Termination of the Hypnosis


Nonetheless, the ending of the hypnotic session is quite straight forward and involves a gradual return to full consciousness.

Again, this process can be brought about by a number of methods.

A common method is the counting backwards from 10 with the person becoming fully aware and conscious on the number 1 with a gradual ‘lightening’ of the mental state along the way.


Hypnosis is often shrouded in mystery because of its use on stage by hypnotists, mesmerists and illusionists. The general public very rarely gets to see or learn the inner workings of hypnosis because most of the time they only witness what they see on stage. To most people it involves sleep, being powerless and doing funny things in a theatre or club yet hypnosis is so much more than what you see. It is a deep state of focused concentration where the subject tunes out the world around them so that suggestions can be made to the subconscious mind for change.

So what exactly does that mean? Well, think of the mind as having two parts. A conscious part that is very aware of what is going on around it and a subconscious part that does things on autopilot without the other part thinking. Both parts exist at the same time yet the subconscious workings are typically hidden away out of our awareness.

This isn’t scary it is just something that our minds do automatically. A simple illustration of this is tying your shoelaces. At one point in your life, you learned to tie those laces and to get to that point you would have had to practice to get this right. In fact, most children start learning how to do this around 5 or 6 but sometimes it can take until they are 8 or 9 to fully master the process. Once they have learned to do it properly the mind stores the information away and now it is done automatically without thinking.

Think about it when was the last time you consciously thought about tying a lace? Never because the lesson has been learned, just like talking or reading. The subconscious mind stores huge amounts of this information that runs on this autopilot system the only problem is that sometimes what it has stored away isn’t quite correct.


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Hypnotherapy is sometimes successful in addiction treatment

Hypnosis, as Psychology Today tells us, "is a mental state of highly focused concentration, diminished peripheral awareness, and heightened suggestibility." Sometimes referred to as hypnotherapy, or hypnotic suggestion, the technique is sometimes used by therapists for behavioral change, as a relaxation technique, or even to diminish pain. Contrary to popular belief, someone who's under hypnosis usually remembers exactly what went on during the session. The Mayo Clinic points out that people experiencing hypnotherapy "remain in control" of their actions and behaviors. Like most of life, your experiences may vary Very Well Mind points out that "it is never exactly the same from one person to another." And, in fact — again, Psychology Today — about 25 percent of the population can't be hypnotized, especially individuals who are skeptical of the process from the get-go.

Important to the process is the acceptance of the technique. Repetitive, calming sound, coupled with focus on a visual object, create sharp concentration, leading to a sense of relaxation and calm for the subject. Some people experience a sense of detachment, almost as though they were third-person observers of their own experience. If the hypnotic state can be achieved, the resulting openness to suggestion makes hypnosis helpful in the treatment of some addiction behaviors. For that to work, like hypnosis itself, you have to want it.


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#5: Hypnotists Are Flamboyant or Weird

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#6: Hypnosis Can Retrieve Lost Memories

TRUE. It IS possible to use hypnosis to recover memories, but there is no guarantee of success.

Permanent memory is the realm of the subconscious mind.

The whole point of Hypnosis is to access the RESOURCES of the subconscious mind. Hypnosis techniques are the best, if not the only way to recover lost memories!

However, memories are extremely FRAGILE, and not necessarily a representation of the “truth.” Memories are strongly influenced by your age and emotional state at the time of the experience.

If a memory is not readily available, there may be a reason the subconscious mind is hiding it from conscious awareness.

#7: You Can’t Lie Under Hypnosis

FALSE. You can “lie like a rug,” when hypnotized!

I don’t know why people think hypnosis can be used as a “truth serum.” This is one of those myths about hypnosis that has no factual basis.

The enhanced creative imagination of a hypnotized person can lead them to say some outlandish things!

Example: The “World’s Biggest Liar” Stage Hypnosis routine is set up as follows, “Imagine that you are the World’s Greatest Liar. When I ask you anything, you’ll answer me back with the biggest lie your imagination can create.”

Example #2: The hypnotized volunteer in the VIDEO below is quite randomly hallucinating that she’s at a rock concert. Nothing was done prior to set up her “story.”

#8: You’ve Never Been Hypnotized

FALSE. If you’ve ever been married, you’ve been hypnotized!

Seriously, keeping in mind that there are different depths of hypnosis, we all enter hypnotic trance states on a daily basis.

Examples of Daily Trance States

  • Daydreams,
  • Focused attention when watching an engaging TV program.
  • EMOTIONAL engagement, such as having sweaty palms while watching an intense action scene in a movie.
  • Brain wave cycles of deep meditation are equivalent to the theta trance state.
  • Hypnosis is part of your sleep cycle. You MUST enter the trance state in order to fall asleep, and you pass through the trance state in order to wake up.

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