I have been spending quite some time studying the science of Conversational Hypnosis. As it turns out, it is not that difficult to hypnotise someone by using words in a conversation. To hypnotise someone, it is a matter of getting them into a trance.
For someone who is new to hypnosis, there are actually many levels of trance a person can get into. Here’s a list of 6 levels of trance a person can get into as the results of using conversational hypnosis.
In Stage 1 trance, a person will experience a sense of relaxation. He may even feel tired or lethargy.
For a hypnotist, he would recognise this stage when the person he is talking to starts to drop his eyelids. The reason for this is because the muscles controlling the eyelids form one of the smallest muscle group in our body and can be easily relaxed.
A person entering Stage 1 hypnosis will feel as if his eyelids are getting heavier and seem to be closing on its own.
In Stage 2, certain bigger and isolated muscle group starts to relax. For example, the muscle for our shoulder and our finger will start to relax.
You will notice the person entering this stage when he starts to drop his shoulder and arms. This is the beginning of a medium trance.
Sometimes, going from Stage 1 to Stage 2 trance will only take a couple of minutes.
Stage 3 is also known as the hypnotic rapport. The person hypnotised is in a stage which he only hears and sees the hypnotist.
At this stage, he is very susceptible to verbal suggestion. If the hypnotist was to say, “It is getting very hot in here”, most probably the other person will start to sweat.
The subconscious mind believes the message and the body will follow the subconscious mind.
As the person hypnotised moves deeper into the trance, he will reach Stage 4. At this level, a hypnotist can produce amnesia by suggesting he forgets a certain portion of what happened from his mind.
At this stage, a hypnotist can induce “glove anaesthesia” in which a hand becomes numb as if he put on an anaesthetic glove on it.
In essence, it reduces the sensation in some part of the body. If you were to jab his hand with a needle, he will feel your touch, but no pain.
At this stage, the person under hypnosis can experience the positive hallucination. He is able to see or hear something that is not there.
If the hypnotist were to hold an empty hand in front of him and tell him there’s an apple, the person hypnotised will be able to describe the colour, texture shape etc of the apple in detail even though it is not there.
The opposite side of this is the negative hallucination. This is when the person hypnotised will not be able to see or hear things right in front of him.
This is the deepest level of trance. At this stage, the hypnotist can induce anesthesia throughout the body. A person at this stage can go through a whole surgery without the aid of anesthetic. A dentist will be able to drill or even pull out a tooth without the need of Novocaine.
To reach Stage 6, it will require an extended period of time going in and out of trance. This can only be achieved by an experienced hypnotist with high level is conversational hypnosis skill.
It is interesting to know that there are so many levels of trance a person can get into. Most probably, we would not need to get a person all the way to Stage 5 or 6. To improve our communication skill, if we can get a person to Stage 2 trance is good enough.