Conversational hypnosis is a process by which someone is put into a hypnotic trance during the course of a regular conversation. Since it also entails that the subject doesn’t know that he or she is being hypnotized, some also call it covert hypnosis, and some claim its effects resemble some form or other of mind control. Conversational and covert emphasize aspects of the same process and refer to the same type of hypnotism.
While the name conversational hypnosis emphasizes the casual, unrestricted, and indirect aspect of this process, covert makes it seem a bit mysterious and secretive (which it can be!), and it also alerts us of one of the ‘dangers’ of hypnosis: the fact that it is possible to hypnotize someone, to put someone into a trance, without them knowing… and that a consequence of this is (you guessed it), is that the same can happen to us.
Although this is not an idle warning, it is not meant to alarm or dissuade anyone from learning or using hypnosis, self hypnosis or hypnotherapy. On the contrary, the more awareness we have about the phenomena of trance and the power of the mind, the easier it is to protect ourselves from covert hypnotic suggestions or any other attempt of mind control. And the easier it will be for us to reap the amazing benefits that the use of hypnosis can bring us.
Besides, to strictly talk about 'mind control' would mean to accept that through the elicitation of trance, the subject's free will disappears or gives way to the hypnotist's own will. This is just not the case. No hypnotic trance can make us do what goes against our morals, although sometimes it may seem that way.
The closest that hypnosis gets to being a type of 'mind control' is in bigger groups or masses.
But in any case, and because during a process of conversational or covert hypnosis, we are in fact influencing someone’s behavior without warning and without their (conscious) consent, we can’t forget that applying these techniques requires responsibility and self discipline, and a win-win mindset in all of our communications.
The other major type of hypnosis is called direct, and it is what we all know by the general term, hypnosis. It’s clear who the hypnotist is and who the subject. There’s a pre-agreement that there will be an induction into trance, and that suggestions will be planted in the subject, whether it is for therapy, entertainment (usually, the onlookers’), or for other purposes.
If you want to hone your own Conversational Hypnosis skills, there are some great covert hypnosis courses online, where you can learn not only the theory of it all, but how to really DO this stuff. Yes, it requires practice and some skill. But it works. Conversational Hypnosis Pdf, by world renowned master hypnotist Igor Ledochowski, is a favorite of us. He has a free street hypnosis (same as covert) e-course, worth checking out. You’ll learn tons with no obligation and you’ll get a feel for the product he offers.
So, to summarize: Conversational and/or Covert hypnosis refers to the process of hypnotizing someone during the course of a casual interaction and without the other person’s knowledge, while direct hypnosis refers to what is commonly known by everyone as hypnotism or hypnosis. Both types have in common some necessary elements: a strong rapport between the subject and the hypnotist, a state of awareness called a trance, and a command or suggestion planted during that trance.