Hypnosis is a great way to battle many different problems including addiction, anxiety, and even obsessive compulsive disorder. One of the first questions that usually comes up when talking about hypnosis is how to hypnotize someone. The truth is that it’s very easy to put a willing person into hypnosis, even if you’ve never hypnotized someone with the progressive relaxation induction before.
Putting someone into trance is very simple, but it can take years to perfect the art of giving effective suggestion to the unconscious mind. In this article we’ll go over the basics of how to hypnotize someone with the progressive relaxation induction as well as discuss other applications of the techniques.
First off it’s important to realize that it’s very difficult to hypnotize someone if they don’t want to be hypnotized or don’t believe that it works. As a beginner learning how to hypnotize, it’s best to practice on people who are open minded and would genuinely like to experience hypnosis. Once you’ve found a willing subject then you’re ready to move onto the techniques.
Most Effective Method For Learning How To Hypnotize
The most effective route to take when learning how to put someone in a trance for the first time is the progressive relaxation technique. This is the method that you’re probably most familiar with as it’s usually the one portrayed on television and in the movies. The first thing you want to ensure is that you and your subject are in a comfortable room with as few external distractions as possible.
Have the subject lie down or sit in a comfortable position so that they’re completely relaxed. When learning to hypnotize, focus on talking with a soothing voice and pay attention to your tempo (if you want the person to relax, speak slower). The trick is for the subject to feel completely comfortable with your voice and the suggestions that you’re giving for them to relax.
As the subject becomes more relaxed you want to direct their attention to different parts of their body and have them deeply relax each in order. You start with their toes and move up their body, one part at a time. Up the front, over the top, down the back, and repeat.
This is one of the most crucial steps when learning how to place someone in a deep trance as it helps the subject to relax but also takes their mind off the fact that they’re being hypnotized. It will likely be an integral part of them entering a state of waken sleep so you must persist with this step until they go unconscious.
The next step to hypnotize someone even deeper is to say “Now that you’re relaxed I want you to bring your attention to your breathing and take a deep breath and as you let it out begin to feel yourself relax even more. And I want you to concentrate on each inhale and each exhale as you let yourself sink even deeper into a trance.”
In order for the subject to be completely relaxed though you have to be relaxed. So pay attention to your own relaxation and breathing. If you can put yourself into a trance the other person is almost always going to follow. How you say the words is as important as what you’re saying.
It may take as little as 5 minutes for your subject to enter a state of deep relaxation but will likely take a bit more. Cycle through relaxing the subject’s body until you see them relaxing, breathing deeper and more rhythmically. Once they’re in the desired state it’s time to work on the problem, let’s say it’s addiction to smoking. The key when learning to hypnotize is to allow the subject to figure the problem out for themselves. You’ll likely have to direct the person’s thoughts but in the end you want them to come to their own conclusion that smoking is just a bad habit, and that it does much more harm than good. Once the subject has reached a conclusion you can use the traditional technique to awake them from their sleep by counting back from 10. The final goal is for the person to find a desired solution in their subconscious mind so that the desire to smoke is greatly lessened.
Learning how to hypnotize someone is that simple
Once you’ve mastered this technique then you can move on to more advanced methods but this is the best place to start when learning how to hypnotize someone. Remember hypnosis is a skill and the more you practice the better results you’ll get.
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