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30 Days of Hypnosis: Day 24

What advice would you impart to a new hypnotist or subject?


Practice, practice, practice.

Inducing a trance, phrasing suggestions, knowing that to do regarding abreactions, all these things involving hypnosis must be practiced to ensure competency. All of these things are skills that can be improved with practice.

That goes equally for subjects. Not everyone is a great subject at the beginning. Being hypnotized is a skill that can be learned and improved with practice. (This I know from experience.)

30 Days of Hypnosis: Day 23

Have you ever had difficulty going into a trance/hypnotizing someone? What happened?

Have you ever had difficulty going into a trance? What happened?

For the longest time I had a very poor opinion of how I was reacting while hypnotized. On some emotional level that I intellectually knew was wrong, I was certain it was only a shallow trance, I wasn’t deep enough, mainly because of the emotional expectation that I didn’t feel that I was that deep. It took some consideration to make me realize that, primarily, levels of trance depth were a measurement that didn’t seem to be really practical in application, at least in my situation. Instead, I realized it was levels of acceptance and comfort instead of depth that made sense to me.

That was demonstrated to me when I volunteered as part of a demonstration on hypnosis. The demonstration was a suggestion for situational amnesia, where I and another volunteer would experience temporary amnesia when asked simple questions. We both responded perfectly, but made it all come together for me was that both of us were given slightly different suggestions, and I was surprised that I responded to the suggestion I was given without realizing the difference. (Basically, the other volunteer only responded with amnesia when questioned by one particular person while would respond with amnesia when questioned by anyone.)

Have you ever had trouble hypnotizing someone? What happened?

I mentioned earlier that I have had some training, and part of that was practical experience in trance induction. I wasn’t exactly bad but given my history and knowledge about the subject, I would have expected to do much better.

Was it nervousness? Certainly given that I am sometimes a very private person and trying to hypnotize someone I only sat near in the classroom didn’t help. However, if I have the opportunity for some practice time again, I would certainly take advantage of it, especially if there was someone there whom I trusted to act as a mentor or instructor. The best way to get around that nervousness is practice and experience.

30 Days of Hypnosis: Day 22

How do you feel about mind control story captions? Tasteful when done right or oh so very tacky?

Captions can be both or either or neither to different people. As a writer myself and having written a number of them for my stories, I know they are simply advertising, which is largely why I don’t put much credit into them.

30 Days of Hypnosis: Day 21

In a consensual situation, do you prefer to be aware or unaware of an impending trance?

It really depends on the purpose of the situation.

I would normally prefer to be aware of an impending trance situation, particularly because of the sense of expectation involved. Plus, I believe that actively participating in the impending trance implies a deeper trance state and more satisfying trance experience.

However, in certain situations where part of the situation is dependent upon being unaware of an impending trance (for example, a surprise encounter with a friendly hypnotist who I previously gave permission to trance me at their discretion, of which there are a few, or to go a little more further, a pre-arranged fantasy scenario involving a mysterious hypnotist) then I would certainly prefer the latter.

30 Days of Hypnosis: Day 20

How much of an influence does your hypnosis interest have on your everyday life?

On the whole, not very much. I have a wide and diverse set of interests that mostly do not intersect.

On the other hand, what I have learned about hypnosis has come in helpful in some instances, particularly in dealing with stress and pain. For that I am extremely grateful. It has also given me a better understanding of my conscious and unconscious self.

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