Included in our definition of hypnosis is any form of communication in which a person or persons, whether a hypnotist, wife, husband, teacher, or? uses words, tonality, expressions or movement that elicit and/or evoke within another person an internal experience, and that experience becomes a reality of its own. For example, if I write or speak the word "rose," you might think of a particular flower, perhaps red in color. I could mean a person named Rose, and someone else might remember someone getting up. If I change the meaning to a beautiful red rose, one person might remember a special occasion, the feelings, sounds, pictures, smells and, in effect, relive the entire experience. Yet another person might make a terrible face because they are allergic to roses.
I can remember an incident during which I was having a conversation with a lovely woman, and another woman came to join us. I suddenly found myself feeling about four years old "seeing" an aunt who, to me, was gargantuan. I felt the fear of being overpowered by her size and
„ "saw" her in a polka dot dress. After a moment, I shook my head and returned to the present to realize that the second woman's perfume reminded me of my aunt's perfume. The smell alone regressed me to that childhood experience. There's no such thing as hypnosis, and you need a deep trance and powerful suggestion to produce regression. Really???
"One technique of so-called traditional hypnosis is called "negative hallucination." This is produced by putting someone in a "hypnotic state" and suggesting, for example, that they will not see or hear some person or object. A so-called "good subject" would come out of trance and not see or hear as suggested. How many times have you called your children for dinner and they have responded by not responding?
An individual comes to your office stating, "I can't make a decision; it's just impossible." That, too, is a negative hallucination. That individual decided to seek you out, decided what route to take, and decided to enter into a transaction with you. Or, take the individual who states, "Everybody hates me, they always have." Obviously, if s/he has lived to tell their tale, someone, in all probability, cared for and helped him/her but, s/he has excluded that portion of history from his/her reality. Just because someone makes a face at you, it doesn't mean they're not constipated. Again, there's no such thing as hypnosis; or perhaps it is all hypnosis.
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For anyone concerned that this is a report designed to teach readers how to convince crowds of people to act like chickens or dance to an unheard song just with a carefully placed keyword - relax. While hypnosis is often paraded in that form with large crowds visiting celebrity hypnosis experts to see what wonders they can perform, the majority of hypnosis used is to aid people seeking a solution to a problem they cannot resolve easily with any other method.