How To Do Hypnosis

Not all people believe that hypnosis can possibly work on just anyone. However, you can learn the basics of really putting someone into a different mental state. The process is not hard at all and you may also find it fun. Hypnosis has a lot to do with socialization so you can actually get to know someone better through the process. Here are some of the best tips on how to do hypnosis on your family, friends and other acquaintances.

About Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a mental state or set of attitudes that are commonly created by a process known as hypnotic induction. This process is generally composed of preliminary instructions and a series of suggestions. Hypnotic suggestions are usually delivered by a hypnotist to a subject. However, suggestions may also be self-administered. Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of the process to cure some condition such as smoking or overeating. The term hypnotism and hypnosis are derived from the term neuro-hypnotism or nervous sleep, created by the Scottish surgeon James Braid in 1841.

Hypnosis is not a form of unconsciousness similar to sleep. The person actually enters a very wakeful state of focused attention and increased suggestibility, with reduced peripheral awareness. Braid describes hypnotism as a state of nervous sleep or physical relaxation together with induced mental concentration or abstraction.

hypnotic inductionThe Induction

Hypnosis is usually preceded by a technique of hypnotic induction. This  process is a method of placing the subject or person into a hypnotic trance. Theorists interpret the process as a means of increasing the expectations of the subject, thereby focusing attention and defining his or her appropriate roles. There are several different induction techniques used in hypnotism. The eye fixation technique developed by Braid  is the original and most commonly used. There are also many other eye fixation approaches such as the induction used in SHSS or the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale.

Describing The Inductions

If you want to learn how to do hypnosis, take a bright object between the thumb, forefinger and middle finger of your left hand, hold it at around 8 to 15 inches from your eyes to produce strain on the eyelids and eyes and maintain a constant fixated stare at the object.

The subject should be told that his or her eyes must steadily concentrate on the object, with complete focus and attention on it . The pupils will contract in the beginning, followed by dilation and then will assume a wavy movement. These will occur when the forefinger and middle finger of the right hand are extended and a bit separated and carried from the object toward the eyes.

Braid says that the hypnotic induction technique is not always the most important thing, since some researchers claim that the method does not always lead to hypnosis. More variations of this technique were created later on. However, after a century, researchers say that the majority of hypnotic techniques require optical fixation, muscular relaxation and reclining posture to be followed by eye closure.

hypnosisOn Suggestion

When Braid introduced his methods on how to do hypnosis, the term suggestion was not used, although the act of having the subject focus on a single dominant thought was the main approach used. The therapeutic approach to hypnosis uses reducing physiological functioning and stimulation in various body regions. More emphasis is also placed on using various verbal and nonverbal types of suggestion.

Hippolyte Bernheim changed the focus from the physical hypnotic state to the psychological process of verbal suggestion. Contemporary hypnotism uses a wide array of suggestion forms like direct verbal suggestions, metaphors and rhetorical figures of speech, voice tonality, mental imagery, nonverbal suggestion and physical manipulation. A distinction can be made about suggestions delivered in a very authoritative manner from suggestions delivered permissively. A number of hypnotic suggestions can create immediate responses, while others can lead to responses after a delay in minutes or even much longer.

Learning The Process

Almost any individual can learn how to do hypnosis, as long as they dedicate some time and effort in learning the techniques. Hypnosis may be overt or covert. The overt type does not involve putting a person in a state of trance. The covert type involves persuading people and winning them over. There are books, schools and web sites dedicated to teaching you more advanced methods of hypnosis.