Covert hypnotism has grown in use and popularity exponentially over the last few years thanks to the amount of information available on the internet, as well as great courses like The Power of Conversational Hypnosis. In fact, even most hypnotherapists now use conversational hypnosis within their treatment programs. There are some key differences between covert hypnotism and traditional hypnotism and in this article, we going to look at these differences and what they mean.
Covert or Overt?
The biggest difference between covert hypnotism and traditional hypnotism is the fact that one is done covertly (hidden) and the other is done overtly (out in the open). However, as I mentioned above, more and more hypnotherapists now incorporate conversational hypnosis techniques into their therapeutic sessions as they can be very effective.
Speed of Induction
Covert hypnosis inductions are generally much quicker than those of traditional hypnosis. In traditional hypnosis where a hypnotherapist is treating a client, they often have between thirty minutes to an hour in a single session. This gives them the opportunity to take their time and induce a very deep hypnotic trance in their client. However in covert hypnosis, you may only have a few minutes to talk to the person you wish to hypnotise so the inductions tend to be much quicker, although not as deep as in traditional hypnosis.
Method of Language
You will probably be familiar of at least a “parody” of traditional hypnosis from older movies and television programs where the hypnotist is taking control of someone. Of course, we know that a hypnotist can never control or brainwash a person in that sense now. As they hypnotise the person they are very direct, “You will not smoke anymore” is a good example of a direct command. However, society has changed and this is no longer as effective as people are a lot more cynical and questioning of authority.
Covert hypnotism uses much softer, more indirect language as, by its very nature, it is more covert. For instance, to take the smoking example from above and convert it into an indirect language you may get something more like, “You realise how expensive smoking is, how it badly it tastes and how unhealthy it is. Every cigarette shaves five minutes off your life, so why would you do it? When you smoke you’re taking valuable time off your life”. This is indirect and it gets the person questioning why they would ever want to smoke in the first place.
Eyes Wide Shut or Open?
If you’ve ever taken part or seen, a traditional hypnosis session you will know that the client is asked to close their eyes. This is to help avoid visual distractions. Yet in covert hypnosis, the person being hypnotised obviously has their eyes open. If you asked someone to close their eyes and then talked in a smooth flowing, hypnotic manner it would be crystal clear to them that you were trying to hypnotise them which is undesirable for the purposed of covert hypnotism.
Trance can still be achieved without eye closure. Signs of hypnotic trance include relaxed facial muscles, slow and steady breathing, speaking more slowly than normal in a lower pitch and blinking less often and more slowly. There are many others signs of hypnotic trance which I will soon be writing about.
I trust that this article has helped you to understand some of the key differences between covert hypnotism and traditional hypnotism. Both are valuable skills that are well worth learning. If you’d like to learn covert hypnotism for yourself I recommend The Power of Conversational Hypnosis course.