Covert hypnosis is sometimes called “conversational hypnosis”. Unlike the kind of hypnosis that people are more familiar with, the kind often stereotyped by making someone gaze at a swinging object while they speak suggestive words to them to put them into a trance, covert hypnosis mainly involves a way of speaking to a person in such a way that you get them to do something you want them to do.
Now, there is no such thing as any kind of hypnosis that can get a person to do anything that is fundamentally against any of their beliefs, and you cannot hypnotize any people into deliberately harming themselves. However, with covert hypnosis, you can influence people to do things like buy a product that you are selling when they initially are resistant to parting with any of their money, or get someone you find attractive to go out dancing with you even though they were planning to go home for the night. By knowing the right things to say in the right way at the right moment, you can put someone under your spell.
But, as simple as it seems (and it’s supposed to seem that way so that you don’t arouse suspicions of people being under the covert hypnosis), covert hypnosis won’t work for you at all if you don’t follow the techniques–and these require sophisticated knowledge and some practice to master.
*It all begins with Attention. If you don’t have your subject’s attention, you can’t do anything to influence them. There are different ways of capturing someone’s attention, but the bottom line is that you have to do that before you can do anything to hypnotize them.
*Next, you need to choose whatever hypnotic techniques that apply to the Context. Everything you say has to fit into the context of the situation and the rest of the conversation, or else you can arouse suspicion or just come off as a bit weird or creepy–which of course is not good for your hypnotic attempts. When hypnotizing conversationally, don’t make sudden shifts in the subject matter, at least not until you have become very experienced and advanced.
*Part of both capturing attention and putting things in context involves establishing a Rapport with the subject. Rapport is what makes you trusted by the subject, and once you have their trust they will automatically become open to suggestion from you–even if they consciously believe that they are still resisting or disagreeing with you.
*On top of all this, you must Calibrate. Calibration means that you are paying attention to every response your subject gives you so that you can appropriately respond and lead them in the desired mental direction. This includes body language and facial expressions. Of course, you have to remain perfectly casual-looking while you do this. You don’t want the subject to feel as if you are studying them like a bug under a magnifying glass.
*Finally, all covert hypnosis techniques requires you to have highly developed Social Skills. Have you ever heard a great salesman in action, watching him close a sale? He is successful because he has mastered superior social skills. A great salesman never seems like he is selling to someone–he focuses, instead, on building a relationship (rapport) with the subject and then uses that to get them to trust what he asks them to do (buy his product or service).
So, there is much to the development of each one of these components. But now you know the foundation of covert hypnosis.
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