This is part one in a four part series designed to show you how to hypnotize someone.
- In part one, I’ll explain what you need, and introduce you to your first hypnotic induction.
- Part two, you’ll learn about the power of suggestion—the driving force behind hypnotizing people. Plus, you’ll see how to use it in the hypnotic induction that you’ve learned in part one.
- Part three you’ll learn how to finish the induction and bring the person out of trance. Then, you’ll get a brief introduction into covert, or conversational, hypnosis.
- Finally, in part four, you’ll learn a basic covert hypnosis technique you can put to use immediately.
Now that you know what to expect, let’s get started…
Learning how to hypnotize someone requires you understand a few things.
In fact, in his book, The New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism, Ormond McGill says you need the following:
- Knowledge of Hypnotism…Simply put, you need to know what in the hell it is you’re doing. Without knowledge, you’re not going to learn how to hypnotize people successfully.
- Perseverance…Once you learn one of the few techniques you’ll find on this blog and ny other resources you find, you’ll need to practice. But here’s where the perseverance part comes in: sometimes the first person you practice on will get hypnotized, sometimes not. Regardless, you have to keep trying. It’s the only way you’re going to get good.
- The First Hypnosis…you’re going to have to set a goal to hypnotize your first person and don’t stop until you get that goal accomplished. Once you’ve hypnotized at least one person successfully, your confidence in your abilities will skyrocket, and more people will be subject to your influence…and you’ll find hypnotizing almost anyone something that’s relatively easy to do.
- Understanding The Power of Suggestion…Again, here Ormond McGill points out that suggestion is “key” to hypnotizing a person. He says, “It is both the means to producing the state of hypnosis as it is also the way to control the state it produces.”
- Know You Cannot Fail. If you study diligently and practice, you will become successful at learning how to hypnotize people. There’s simply no way you can fail if you do this. Just don’t get discouraged if you don’t get it on your very first try.
Now that you know what you need to do on your end, let’s get started learning how to hypnotize people successfully…
The first thing you’re going to have to do to learn how to hypnotize someone is find a willing subject. Because you’re just starting out, you need to find someone you already have rapport or trust with, and is willing to let you practice on them. This can be a close friend or family member.
The reason for this is that your chances of successfully hypnotizing someone who already trusts you and is willing to be hypnotized are increased exponentially. And chances are, you’ll successfully hypnotize this person on your first try.
In traditional (therapeutic) and stage hypnosis, how you hypnotize a person is called an induction.
An induction serves to guide your subject into the state of altered consciousness, or trance.
There are different levels of trance, including light trance, deep trance, and even somnambulism.
These levels are dictated by your subjects state of consciousness—which relates to brain wave frequencies like beta, alpha, and theta.
With your induction, you’ll guide your subject into what is at least a light level of trance.
You’ll have to observe your subject closely, to gage what level of trance they’re in.
At its core, an induction is a script you speak out loud to your subject. Within that script lay the suggestions you want to implant into the subconscious mind.
First, have your subject sit in a comfortable chair, with their feet flat on the floor, and the palms of their hands resting on their lap.
Then tell your subject to take a deep breath and hold it for 3 seconds. Afterwards, tell them to exhale slowly.
An example of this would be:
“What I want you to do now is to take a deep breath and now hold it for 3 seconds…1…2…3…Good. Now slowly exhale for another count of 3…1…2…3…excellent.”
Guide your subject through this deep breathing exercise 3-5 times with their eyes closed or open—whatever is more comfortable for them.
Once they’ve done that, they should start to feel pretty relaxed and much more focused.
At this point, if their eyes are open, suggest that they slowly close their eye lids, and have them keep breathing deeply on their own now, without holding the breath.
Now the fun begins…
By now, you’ve got your subject breathing deeply on his own, and he or she is relaxed and comfortable.
Now you’re going to get them to go into a trance. Have her (we’ll assume your “subject” is a female. For me, saying “subject” sounds too impersonal) count down in her mind starting from the number 100, with each breath she takes.
So for instance, she’ll breathe in, and in her mind count “100”. Then she’ll exhale. Then she’ll breathe in again, count “99” in her mind, and exhale again.
While she’s doing this, tell her to now also visualize a big chalkboard in her mind. And each time she counts, tell her to visualize herself writing the number on the chalkboard as big as she can, and then seeing the number written on the chalkboard.
Guide her through this at first, telling her what to do:
“Okay, breathe in, count “100,” and write it on the chalkboard of your mind, exhale. Good. Now breathe in again, “99,” and write it on the chalkboard, exhale. Now breathe in again, “98,” see it on the chalkboard, exhale, etc.”
At this point tell her to keep doing it on her own. Notice if her muscles are relaxed. Also notice her rate of breathing. The muscles should look very relaxed and the rate of breathing should be relatively slow.
Now that you have her relaxed and in what is at least a light level of trance, you’re able to start implanting your suggestions.
Stay tuned for Part 2 in this How to Hypnotize People series. I’ll cover how to give your suggestions, and then in part three and four we’ll get into covert/conversational hypnosis to influence others.
How to Hypnotize People
There are a lot of misconceptions about hypnosis out there. But if you are serious in learning how to hypnotize people, then having a good foundation of what hypnosis is and—more importantly—what it is not is crucial to learning this beneficial skill.
When they hear the word “hypnosis,” most people think of an evil villain dangling a pocket watch in front of his helpless victim, whispering the words, “you are getting sleepy..”
Despite what Hollywood may want you to think, this isn’t what hypnosis is. Hypnosis practiced in the real world is far more subtle and elegant. Especially when it comes to covert—or conversational—hypnosis. After all, if you want to hypnotize people without them knowing, you can’t be that direct.
Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) is considered to be the ‘father’ of hypnotism. In fact, his last name is where the word ‘mesmerized’ comes from. He was a physician who thought people carried about them an animal magnetism, which was used to heal people.
Mesmer then inspired James Braid (1795-1860). Braid was a very successful surgeon who was intrigued by Mesmer’s accounts of animal magnetism. Through studying this magnetism, he came upon his own conclusions about how people go into trance. What’s more, he was the first to use the terms, ‘hypnosis’, ’hypnotize,’ and ‘hypnotism’ in the English language.
Hypnosis has come a long way since then, especially with the advances made by legendary practitioners like Dr. Milton Erikson, Richard Bandler, and John Grinder (the founders of NLP).
And it’s these advances that now make up the techniques that allow you to hypnotize people with nothing more than simple conversation. Learning how to hypnotize people in this manner requires practice, and as mentioned earlier, a good foundation in traditional hypnosis techniques.
Once you’ve mastered these techniques, you can use them to improve your relationships, get people to agree with you more often, help you negotiate, and even close more sales and get people to buy from you time and time again.
But one word of caution.
When you learn these kinds of conversational hypnosis techniques, you’ve got a responsibility to use them legally and ethically.
As they say in the movie Spiderman, “with great power comes great responsibility.” These techniques are powerful. But if used unethically, they can get you in trouble, as they did a man who hypnotized a bank teller into giving him bundles of money without any resistance. (This story was reported in the BBC and MSNBC).
If you can handle the responsibility having such power offers, then the best place to learn these conversational-hypnosis techniques is from Igor Ledochowski.
Igor Ledochowski is a Master Hypnotist, Coach, Mentor, Martial Artist, and Lawyer.
Igor runs specialized Master Classes, training hypnotherapists in advanced skills, for professional hypnotherapists’ bodies like the London College of Clinical Hypnosis or the Hypnotherapy Association.
Igor is a full member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the Association for Neuro Linguistic Programming, the International Network for Humanistic Neuro Linguistic Programming & The American Board Of Hypnotherapy.
Simply put, he’s probably the most qualified person there is that can teach you how to hypnotize people, quickly and easily.
His course, “The Power of Conversational Hypnosis,” contains over 18 hours of audio instruction, along with a heft and comprehensive 659 page manual, plus a few bonuses which you can read about the website.