Instant Hypnosis Inductions. Thanks mostly to Derren Brown in the UK about five years ago and more recently in the US the ‘new’ buzz around the hypnosis scene is instant or rapid induction.
The thing is it isn’t new and it isn’t instant.
For 40 years or more in the UK stage hypnotists have been using these methods of apparently inducing instant states of hypnosis. Irish hypnotist Robert Halpin was the first to develop the sway test into the drop back induction in the mid fifties.
For slightly less long people like Gill Boyne in the states started using his handshake, much more dramatic then the Ericksonian version and the first pull the arm style induction.
Now these inductions look instant and very rapid however, it all depends on where you decide the induction begins.
Entering a state of formalised hypnosis requires two factors, the belief of the hypnotist they can hypnotise, and the belief of the person being hypnotised that the person doing the hypnosis can hypnotise. Note here that the subject has to believe the hypnotist can do it. It isn’t about trust or rapport of the making friends type at all. It’s easy to see why this misnomer has come about as it puts the onus on the subject who can then be blamed for failure and also excuses the practitioner from taking responsibility for the outcome. It also makes the victim feel more in control, even though that just isn’t the case in hypnosis.
However, back to the induction.
To induce is to create. In hypnosis it means to create focus and that is focus on one idea.
The idea or thought or perceived inner reality is that the belief and behavioural pattern imposed by the operator is accepted by the mental processing of the subject as reality.
In short the subject is told what they should react to and they react accordingly. So the hypnotist suggests something and the subject responds.
Now it could be argued that the moment I say “Sleep” and the subject reacts as if they are asleep or in a trance, then most people would argue that is the moment of induction of hypnosis or single thought. However in most cases the respondent, subject or hypnotee, has been in the induction process of belief and behaviour for some time previous to this point.
I have never seen anyone just walk up to someone and instantly induce. I know there is a guy on youtube claiming he does this but when you watch it is always 30 or 40 seconds from him making first contact to the target person appearing to enter some style of trance. Watch your watch now, as anyone in showbiz will tell you, 30 seconds is a hell of a long time and it’s amazing how much you can say in that time.
The thing is induction is a process. It has stages.
Stage one could be the hypnotist just believing they are a hypnotist and this could happen years before any particular induction.
The next stage is your subject discovering you believe you are a hypnotist. What we call building expectation.
Now we humans can build expectation at the speed of thought which makes light look like pouring treacle. So even at the drop of the word hypnosis, trance or even without words but with the right approach a good portion of people are already processing the whole induction.
However on the whole what you see on the Internet is the end of an induction process that has been happening in the subjects mind for a much longer time.
Even the street hypnosis has been set up over a way longer period than even the hypnotists will admit to.
The usual scenario is that there will be some sort of camera around, this sets up a belief and behaviour process in all people who watch films or TV.
Point a camera at anyone and they immediately become a showoff.
For the person with the camera, and it could just be a phone, this immediately sets them up as the director. As a TV producer friend of mine says, tell someone you are filming, especially for the ‘Tele’ and you can get them to do almost anything anyway.
And from the hypnotists point of view this opens the emotional mental process we need for the ‘trance’ state we usually aim for.
Next there is the introduction.
Always the hypnotist confidently introduces themselves and either asks if it is okay for them to film or even better asks if the subject has ever been hypnotised.
Then runs another stage of the process, the word hypnosis, or anything to do with mind or even just the confidence of the hypnotist is easily enough to gain the required process and FOCUS of the victim, sorry, intended hypnotee.
We have all met the manipulative and charismatic person who could charm the birds from the trees, and if that person says ‘hypnosis’ or any of it’s derivatives then the state of expectation is instantly triggered even though as yet there appears to be no ‘hypnosis’.
The next stage comes with the hypnotist requiring the mark, sorry person to be hypnotised, to do something. To take some action.
It may be that they just put their hand out to illicit the handshake response, or to ask the person to stand or to sit or to turn or to scratch their backside.
Whether spoken or not the command and response section of the induction process is established.
From there we go to a very subtle change, we go from the hypnotist inviting a response, to the hypnotist imposing a response. In some circles this would be called a pattern interrupt and in others it wouldn’t.
They are right in some ways because taking someones hand and doing something other than what is expected by the observer does look as if the patterned response has been interrupted.
It hasn’t, it has been ambushed and overtaken.
Now in most so called instant inductions this is done verbally. The hypnotist will quite clearly explain to the hapless victim, errr sorry, to the intelligent educated person, that whatever is about to happen will induce hypnosis.
They may say that in a moment your head will drop forward, or that you will become relaxed etc.
And this process usually goes on for some time before the instant induction occurs. The process has been going on for a long time before the person agreed to do whatever it was that has been taken over – especially thinking for themselves.
Then the magic, the command to become ‘hypnotised’ is used. This is what makes the whole process look instant and the more dramatic it is the more instant people see it as. Even though it quite obviously is not.
The whole thing is then solidified and intensified by another part of the induction process called deepening and which is actually the vital management of a state which will not last very long without it, but that is for another post.
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