Conversational Hypnosis – How Does It Work?

Conversational HypnosisConversational hypnosis, also often called “covert hypnosis,” is a type of hypnosis that takes place over the course of a regular conversation between two people. The person being hypnotized, hereafter called the “subject,” must be unaware that the hypnosis is taking place for the hypnosis to work. The hypnotist uses a series of words, gestures, and facial expressions to guide the thoughts of his or her subject, leading the subject inevitably towards whatever conclusion the hypnotists wishes him or her to reach.

The most basic example of this is simple. It begins like this: the hypnotist says “do not think about the pink elephant.” Immediately, the subject begins to think of the pink elephant. We all understand implicitly that this is how our brains function. Conversational hypnosis takes this concept and applies it to interpersonal interaction.

The people who are best at this type of hypnosis guard their secrets carefully. There are many famous stories about hypnotists and the things that they can make their subjects do. It all seems magical until you consider the pliable, malleable nature of the human brain and the elasticity of human thought.

The human brain is more complex than we can understand, even today. We have a good idea of how it works, but there are still questions. The dividing line between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind is a fascinating realm of study. A conversational hypnotist takes advantage of the fact that there is a part of the brain that an individual subject cannot control and plants the seed of an idea there. The seed is then encouraged to grow throughout the duration of the conversation. The hypnotist bypasses the analytical mind and communicates directly with the subconscious. This confuses the brain, and causes unusual behavior in the subject.

The analytical mind is what is thought to make us human. It powers our thoughts and our feelings and governs our interactions. When someone hypnotizes a subject using conversational hypnosis, that person’s analytical brain is shut down. This causes unusual experiences for the subject. Sometimes the subject forgets where he or she is, or forgets his or her name.

What is Covert Hypnosis?

Covert hypnosis is a strange phenomenon, but should not be considered too frightening. People who are its adepts are not altering the subject’s brain in any way, just taking advantage of a strange evolutionary quirk inherited by humanity. The hypnotist does not have any real power over the individual; he or she can only enhance the behavior of the subject in question.

You must have seen a hypnosis show either on the TV or live – some members from the audience are invited on the stage, are hypnotized on stage and then they start clucking like a chicken, or doing the Macarena in front of a huge crowd- maybe hundred or even thousands of people. The kind of hypnosis normally used for shows is quite different from Covert Hypnosis. This begins with a conversation between two people that if seen by anyone else, looks like a very normal and simple conversation.

During the hypnosis, a hypnotist will attempt to communicate with the unconscious part of the mind of another person. The hypnotist will not let the subject to know that he is being hypnotized, and the hypnotist will also be very subtle in the attempt to get the person hypnotized.

Covert Hypnosis is mostly used to try to persuade the individual getting hypnotized to alter his/her behavior in some way, like to quit smoking or drinking or even to persuade a probable client regarding the value of a product that is being sold.

Convert hypnosis involves the usage of certain cautiously chosen set of words, movements, facial expressions and gestures that are used to link with the subject’s subconscious mind. The main idea of using this type of hypnosis is persuading the subject to change his/her mind and making the subject think that it was his/her idea from the start.

It is very important, that the subject or person getting hypnotized is not aware of the hypnosis. If he/she is aware then mental block come up and the spell can break easily. In Conversational Hypnosis, the individual is permitted to become a part of the hypnosis even though there is no knowledge that he/she is a part of the hypnosis.

This works by having the analytical part of the brain to successfully shut down. The hypnotist slowly and slyly gets the individual into a kind of trance, even though the person is wide-awake and cognizant. The individual will feel like he/she has just drifted in the moment when he/she is under the manipulation of the Covert Hypnosis. During this condition, the brain analytical power shuts down, and sometimes you are not even able to remember important information like name, age or even location. It may look like a magical experience, but all the hypnotist has done is take advantage of an evolutionary kink in the human brain, i.e., the hypnotist is rewiring the brain to cause a short circuit that makes the individual lose the ability of analytic thought.

Resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnosis

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Hypnosis?open

http://www.hypnosis.edu/aha/