So you’re interested in learning hypnosis?

If you use the Stress Relief audio CD by Mike Mandel, you will learn a very simple and powerful method to put yourself into trance. While this certainly qualifies as learning hypnosis, we realize many of you may have a deeper interest in learning much more. Some of you may have a real desire to learn how to hypnotize others in order to help them accomplish change. Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy can be extremely effective for a lot of people, and it isn’t actually that difficult to learn. Whether you buy the Mike Mandel audio CD programs or not, we’re interested in showing you how you can learn more, including how you can study hypnosis directly with Mike Mandel.

How Exactly does Hypnosis Work? (Video)

The Two Main Styles of Hypnosis

The Direct Method of Hypnosis is the most common. The direct method is very command-centric, whereby a hypnotist acts like some sort of magician. When you watch a movie and see some guy swinging a pendulum, commanding his subject to feel sleepy, you’re seeing what the public typically thinks of as hypnosis. Most hypnotists, unfortunately, are poorly trained. They learn how to do direct-style hypnosis by reading scripts at people, boring them into trance.

This doesn’t mean direct hypnosis is ineffective. It can be wonderfully effective when used properly. But it works best when the hypnotist knows how to effortlessly shift between direct hypnosis and indirect hypnosis (see below).

Most hypnosis schools ONLY teach direct hypnosis, and that’s a shame.

The Indirect Method of Hypnosis is less common and offers a hypnotist (and a subject) far more choice. Combining the best of direct and indirect hypnosis is what will make you an amazing hypnotist. The father of indirect hypnosis is the late Dr. Milton H. Erickson. You’ll often see indirect hypnosis referred to as Ericksonian Hypnosis. Erickson is, in our opinion the best hypnotist to have ever lived.

Ericksonian hypnosis is conversational in nature. It’s about building rapport with the subject and offering a series of options, or choices. The language patterns used in Ericksonian hypnosis are more complicated than reading a script, but still rather simple to learn. Ericksonian hypnosis offers nothing to resist, so it’s a very good option for analytical subjects who won’t respond well to the idea of being told, “Your eyes are getting heavy, you are getting tired … you pay no attention to the other people talking in the room”. Ericksonian hypnotists know that these direct-style suggestions are going to fail in many cases.

The cool part about learning Ericksonian hypnosis is that it extends itself so well to ordinary conversation. Want to be a better communicator? Be more influential? Gain flexibility in how you respond to people? Ericksonian hypnosis (at least the way Mike Mandel teaches it) will give you so many new tools for your everyday communication toolbox. Perhaps this is why so many of our students choose Mike Mandel as their instructor. They don’t all want to become hypnotherapists. But they all want to become better communicators.

Bottom line: Start with Ericksonian Hypnosis

If you are serious about learning hypnosis, you should absolutely begin by learning Ericksonian Hypnosis. Once you learn Ericksonian language patterns and methods, you would then benefit by supplementing your toolbox with some direct method techniques. Fortunately, Mike Mandel teaches the perfect blend of BOTH models.

How to Learn Hypnosis

As with most things in life, you get what you pay for, and you get back what you invest with regards to your own time and training. That said, here are a few options, all of which we have used.

Study Directly with Mike Mandel. Mike Mandel teaches a full course called “The Architecture of Hypnosis”. You get a certificate of completion, and in most places in the world you can then legally call yourself a hypnotist (but not a hypnotherapist). This course is generally taught two times per year and class sizes are kept small to reinforce learning. Mike’s students come from all walks of life, and is suitable for anyone interested in learning hypnosis and communication. It’s not JUST for therapists who want to use hypnosis in their practice.

Click Here to Learn more about the Architecture of Hypnosis

Learn Hypnosis Online

Listen – the feedback from Mike’s students has been nothing short of incredible. There is no doubt in my mind that Mike is the world’s best hypnosis trainer. I say this because he has a unique blend of education, experience, genius, and stage presence. Nobody else (in the world) can make learning hypnosis so much fun, while bringing such an incredible level of mastery.

We understand that most people interested in learning from him are unable to take the time off work to travel to Toronto, pay for a hotel and a plane ticket, etc.

That’s why we created the Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy. You can now learn hypnosis ONLINE and get an amazing experience. This online course is very affordable and delivers WAY more value than any of the competitors we’ve checked out.

Click Here to Learn more about the Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy (online training)

Hypnosis Podcasts

If you’re looking for a totally free way to learn hypnosis, podcasts are a great option. But Mike and I were really disappointed with the quality of hypnosis podcasts out there so we went out and created what we think is the world’s best hypnosis podcast. Our audience LOVES these podcasts. They are far more educational and entertaining than any other hypnosis podcast you’ll find. And we cover a lot of general self improvement topics so you’ll love them!

Hypnosis Books

Yes, it might sound boring but it’s a low-cost method. Many of the best books are still available on Now, learning hypnosis through books is not ideal because you will not get any hands-on feel for the auditory aspects to hypnosis. That said, books can be great for helping you to actually understand the hypnotic process. But once you get past the understanding you’ll want to do some actual skill-set development and you can only get this by DOING hypnosis with other people. So no matter which method you choose to learn, make sure you practice on real people to improve your skill.

The following is a compilation of the books we think you should own as you begin to build your “Hypnosis Library”.