30 Days of Hypnosis: Day 9

What is the most important characteristic you look for in a hypnotist or subject?

Since this is a ques­tion that is essen­tial­ly two ques­tions in one, I am sup­ply­ing two answers.

What is the most important characteristic you look for in a hypnotist?

There are a lot of char­ac­ter­is­tics I look for (or, more prop­er­ly, desire) in a hyp­no­tist that I want to work with. Expe­ri­ence, qual­i­ty, edu­ca­tion cer­tain­ly are very impor­tant, as is imag­i­na­tion and the abil­i­ty to per­form the induc­tions and sug­ges­tions to a high degree of qual­i­ty and clar­i­ty. (I have seen quite a lot of hyp­no­tists so I have seen the best and there­fore am quite picky at times. ) Plus, I must con­fess to pre­fer­ring a cer­tain lev­el of attrac­tive­ness of any female hyp­no­tist. Not demand­ing, mind you, but it is some­thing ingrained that is ingrained in me as a male and prob­a­bly in most every male, I feel. (I expect the same would be true of any­one, as in wish­ing any hyp­no­tist of their pre­ferred gen­der to be attractive.)

But the most impor­tant char­ac­ter­is­tic is trust. I need to trust them. That essen­tial­ly means I have to know them and (for most pur­pos­es) to con­sid­er them to be good friends. For­tu­nate­ly, there are a fair num­ber of peo­ple that fit into that category.

What is the most important characteristic you look for in a subject?

It is large­ly the same as what I look for in a hyp­no­tist. Intel­li­gence and imag­i­na­tion are keys to being a good sub­ject, as is the abil­i­ty to accept sug­ges­tions and fol­low instruc­tions are what make for excel­lent subjects.

But again, as above, the most impor­tant thing is their trust in myself as a hyp­no­tist. (Whether I have that kind of trust in my own abil­i­ties is quite anoth­er ques­tion.) This is some­thing that was stressed in all of my train­ing: the first and most impor­tant thing is to gain the trust of the sub­ject and nev­er, ever betray it.

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