Q: from Kasper Fredholm:
When Hypnotised do we get a Dopamine rush? Is it because we get rewarded by our brain for being creative, that we get a dopamine rush when hypnotized?
Jonathan Chase’s A:
In hypnotic terms you only get the dopamine if the experience is pleasant, exciting and hopeful.
I remember reading somewhere you get more dopamine on route to a goal than when you get there. Makes sense since dopamine is a neuro-transmitter which acts a bit like oil in an engine, helps you to access and recall the stuff you need on the way. And of course this is where the idea of growth comes from because getting there is never enough and so you begin to crave the dopamine and are forever looking for new ways of getting it.
The feel good enzymes at the conclusion of a task are, among others with too long latin names, are Endorphins (“endogenous morphine”) which are endogenous opioid inhibitory neuropeptides., Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline, adrenalin, or β,3,4-trihydroxy-N-methylphenethylamine) which is also a neurotransmitter hormone but designed specifically to act on muscle stimulation. And Serotonin /ˌsɛrəˈtoʊnɨn/ or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) is a monoamine neurotransmitter and usually hangs around the gut.
For a hypnotist however here’s how to fire the production of these enzymes.
- Dopamine, convince them it’s going to work, build hope.
- Adrenaline, get them excited – or scared.
- Endorphins production is hypnotically best fired by smiling, or better laughing, which helps the adrenaline also. Make it fun.
- Serotonin is associated with satisfaction so tell them what a great job they did and remind them how fantastic it’s going to be from now on.
Or give them some Cocaine, that works as well… this of course is joke, you should only ever Sell the C.
Jon talks more about using emotion and the emotional tools of influence in Class 3 & 5 of his Svengali System