Doctor S to subject

Now here, Doctor, pay attention. Here comes that ice pick in that left hand and you just don't like it. But the right hand, the harder I push, the more numb it can get. You feel pressure but no discomfort. The harder I push, the number it can get; go deeper and deeper relaxed. Obviously there is a difference in the response, because that left one is sensitive, but with the right hand, the harder I push, the more numb it gets. You made a very, very good patient, Doctor. You can keep that numbness there, even after you are wide awake. Allow nothing to let it go, except a certain cue word. Is that O.K.? Would it be O.K. with you if that cue word were Shreveport? Allow nothing to let the anesthesia go out of that right hand except my enunciation of the word Shreveport.

(To subject 2)

Now I'm coming to you, the next subject, and I'm going to test that left hand with the ice pick and you will withdraw it. You don't like it at all, do you? But the right hand, the harder I push, the more numb it can get. Are you willing s keep those feelings posthypnotically, Doctor T, Until I say, the key word Shreveport? Fine. (To subject 3)

And next, the doctor here—Let's see how you react. First I'm going to jab that ice pick into your left hand. You didn't like that either, did you? But the right hand is different, The harder I push, the more numb it can get. You heard the suggestion I gave the other two doctors. Would yon like to have that, too, Doctor? O.K. Keep that posthypnotic feeling until the release with the same cue word. (To subject 4)

I'm coming to you next, Doctor. Pay attention to that ice pick in your left hand. So far, everybody's responded perfectly. Here's that ice pick coming into your left hand, but in the right hand you don't care. The harder I push, the more numb it can get. Is there anybody doubting that I am pushing very hard? Very, very good. Would you be willing to keep that in your hand posthypnotically and allow the same suggestion to apply to you? Fine. The word Shreve port, when I utter it, can allow the anesthesia to leave. (To subject 5)

And You, Doctor, I want to test your left hand with this ice pick. Pay attention. You don't like it, do you? You just don't care for it at all, but in your right hand, the harder I push, the more numb it gets. You, too, can retain a posthypnotic anesthesia, with the same key word releasing it. (To subject 6)

Doctor, pay attention in the left hand to the jab with the ice pick. But see, in the right hand, you get more numb as I push harder. Is it O.K. with you to retain the same anesthesia until I utter the same key word?

(To audience)

All these people have previously failed to go into hypnosis I excuse people wanted to hypnotize them. It is much easier to go into hypnosis if you know what to do and you do it yourself.

Now gentlemen, in a few minutes I am going to count to three. When I count to three, you will be wide awake, sharp and alert, normal in every respect, able to maintain that anesthesia in your right band, allowing nothing to let it go except the word Shreveport, When I enunciate it or when another member of the panel does so. Is that agreeable with you, gentlemen? Fine. One—two—three.

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