Imagine being able to hypnotize anyone, anytime, anywhere, without fear of failure.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool for personal development, health, and wellness. It can help you change your habits, overcome your fears, enhance your performance, and achieve your goals. But how can you learn hypnosis and practice it without looking like a failure?
In this post, we'll teach you:
- Some essential tips and tricks that will make you a confident hypnotist.
- Basic hypnosis techniques that you can start using right away.
- How to learn hypnosis from the experts.
How to Present Yourself as a Confident Hypnotist
The first impression is crucial when you approach someone who you want to hypnotize. You need to sound authoritative and trustworthy, not insecure and doubtful. Here are some ways to present yourself as a confident hypnotist:
- Use positive and assertive language. Instead of saying “I’m a new hypnosis student. I was wondering if you might permit me to try to hypnotize you?”, say “I’ve been studying hypnosis for some time now. Would you like to experience it?”
- Use open-ended questions. Instead of saying “Can I hypnotize you?”, say “How would you like to be hypnotized?” or “What would you like to achieve with hypnosis?” This way, you give your subject more choice and control, and also elicit their motivation and expectation.
- Use presuppositions. Presuppositions are statements that imply something is true or will happen, without directly stating it. For example, instead of saying “You may feel relaxed when I hypnotize you”, say “As you listen to my voice, you will feel more and more relaxed”. This way, you create a positive expectation and a self-fulfilling prophecy in your subject’s mind.
How to Choose the Right Environment and Audience for Hypnosis
Our students are taught that they can hypnotize anyone anywhere. Of course that's true, but there are ideal and less than ideal places to do hypnosis. And you'll definetely be able to do a lot more a lot better in a proper environment.
When you're starting out, you shoul to find a place that is quiet and comfortable, where you and your subject can focus without distractions. You also need to select subjects who are willing and interested in hypnosis, not skeptical or resistant. Here are some tips on how to choose the right environment and audience for hypnosis:
- Find a place that is suitable for hypnosis. Ideally, you want a place that is free from noise and interruptions.
- Find subjects who are curious and cooperative. Avoid people who are hostile, cynical, or indifferent to hypnosis. They will only waste your time and energy, and make you feel frustrated. Look for people who show interest in hypnosis, ask questions, or share their experiences. They are more likely to be receptive and responsive to your suggestions.
- Avoid practicing with family and friends who might not take you seriously. You’re just “Bob” or “Mary” to them, not a hypnotist. They might not respect your authority or follow your instructions. They might also tease you or challenge you to prove yourself. You’re better off practicing with people who are more acquaintances than loved ones and best friends unless that best friend genuinely has a positive, interested attitude.
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How to Master the Basic Techniques of Hypnosis
Once you have established rapport and trust with your subject, you need to have mastered the basic hypnosis techniques that will allow you to induce and deepen trance, give suggestions, and awaken them. These techniques are simple and effective, and can be learned by anyone with some practice. Here are some of the basic techniques of hypnosis that you should know:
- Suggestibility tests. These tests are useful for building heteroaction and calibrating the subject. Heteroaction means that when a subject accepts a suggestion in hypnosis, they’re more likely to accept the next one, and so on. Click here to read our ultimate guide to hypnotic suggestibility tests.
- Hypnotic inductions. This is where the formal trance process starts. You may find dozens of different hypnotic inductions, but they all follow the same principles, more or less. However, one induction in particular stands out above the rest. It is pretty much flawless, and every hypnotist should master it. We’re talking about the Dave Elman induction.
The Dave Elman induction, named after the man who created it, consists of a series of steps that are easy to learn and guaranteed to create a deep and robust trance state. Click here to learn the Dave Elman induction taught by Mike Mandel himself, or click here to read our Ultimate Guide to Hypnotic Inductions.
- Hypnotic deepeners. Deepeners are used not only to deepen, but also stabilize the trance state. It can be as simple as counting down from 10 to 1, and telling the subject they’ll go deeper into trance with each number. However, we’ve developed an even simpler deepening method which we believe is the best one you can use. Click here to learn how it works.
- Hypnotic suggestions. In the field of hypnotherapy, there are a multitude of methods for dealing with almost every conceivable problem, and more are being created every day. Still, every beginner should start by learning basic direct suggestions.
Direct suggestions are simple, but nonetheless powerful. By mastering Direct Suggestion, you’ll be able to give positive suggestions that will improve your subject’s well being even if you’re not doing therapy. Click here to learn how to craft direct suggestions in hypnosis.
- Awakening. Awakening a subject is as simple as it’s important.
ECOLOGY FIRST: YOUR SUBJECTS’ SAFETY IS YOUR NUMBER 1 PRIORITY AS A HYPNOTIST.
That means you should never leave someone in trance unsupervised. Hypnosis isn’t dangerous when you follow all the steps, but if you don’t make sure to sever the trance you created, your subject may be susceptible in multiple ways to both physical and psychological harm. To awaken your subject, you can tell them to let their unconscious mind decide when it’s time to awaken, and let them come out at their own pace. Another alternative is to count up from 1 to 10, suggesting that with each number, they’ll slowly come out of hypnosis, becoming wide alert and fully awake.
Be careful: After awakening, they’ll still be in a state of heightened suggestibility for a few minutes. This phenomenon is called the hypnotic hangover. During this time, simply talk to them. Ask how their experience was and give them more positive suggestions to reinforce the good work you’ve done.
How to Practice Hypnosis Safely and Ethically
Hypnosis is a safe and natural phenomenon that can be used for positive purposes. However, it also comes with some responsibilities and ethical principles that you should follow as a hypnotist. You need to respect your subject’s rights, boundaries, and well-being, and avoid any harm or abuse. Here are some guidelines on how to practice hypnosis safely and ethically:
- Get consent. Before you hypnotize anyone, you need to get their permission and agreement. You need to explain what hypnosis is, what you will do, and what they can expect. You also need to answer any questions or concerns they might have, and make sure they are comfortable and willing to proceed.
- Give positive suggestions. When you hypnotize someone, you have the power to influence their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. You should use this power for good, not evil. You should give suggestions that are beneficial, empowering, and respectful to your subject. You should avoid suggestions that are harmful, humiliating, or coercive.
- Debrief after the session. After you end the trance, you need to debrief your subject and make sure they are okay. You need to thank them for their participation, praise them for their performance, and reinforce the positive outcomes of the session. You also need to remove any unwanted suggestions, such as amnesia or post-hypnotic triggers. You need to ensure that your subject is fully awake, alert, and happy before you let them go.
In conclusion, hypnosis is a skill that can be learned by anyone who wants to improve themselves or help others. However, it also requires some practice and preparation. By following the tips and tricks we shared in this post, you can become a confident and competent hypnotist in no time.
How to Learn More About Hypnosis from the Experts
If you want to learn more about hypnosis and how to use it for various purposes, such as self-improvement or therapy, we have a special offer for you.
You can join the Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy, the world’s best online hypnosis training program. You will get access to over 500 videos, audios, and PDFs that will teach you everything you need to know about hypnosis, from the basics to the advanced techniques. You will also get support from Mike Mandel himself and a community of thousands of other hypnotists.
Click here to join the Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy today and start your hypnosis journey.