What sort of crazy question is that? Why should anyone be interested in learning hypnosis? Contrary to what you might believe, “teach yourself hypnosis” is a growing trend and more and more people are discovering that learning hypnosis is of benefit to them in their everyday lives.
I’m not talking about stage hypnosis here, or even the type of hypnosis where you hope to give up smoking, lose weight or conquer a particular fear or phobia. The type of hypnosis that is currently growing in popularity is called “conversational” hypnosis, or “covert” hypnosis.
Most people assume that hypnosis is something that just “hypnotists” can do, however it can in fact be learned by anyone. Many hypnotists would like the general public to believe that it’s more complex than is in fact the case.
To understand how conversational hypnosis works, we first need to understand the fundamentals of hypnosis – so how does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis starts off with the patient going through an induction session, where the therapist will talk in quite a repetitive and soothing way and the patient will become more relaxed. As the session continues, the conscious part of the mind will gradually decrease its control over the subconscious. The hypnosis session can now begin. The important point to make here is that the patient will know that he/she is being hypnotized.
Conversational hypnosis on the other hand is where a trance is induced in the course of a normal conversation.
It all started with the psychiatrist Dr Milton Erickson, who specialized in medical hypnosis and family therapy. He discovered, while working as a therapist, that he could hide the therapeutic hypnosis within the context of a normal conversation with the patient, and avoid most of the patient’s conscious natural barriers to hypnotherapy.
The main reasons why Conversational hypnosis is growing in popularity is because it promises to teach you how to turn many social and work related situations to your advantage and to influence the behaviors and opinions of others – and all this without them even realizing that you are hypnotizing them! Think of all the different areas of your life that you could work on improving with this type of knowledge!
So who could possibly benefit the most from learning Conversational Hypnosis?
If your line of work involves leading, managing or coaching, you will definitely find that you can use covert hypnosis skills. Other examples include Therapists, Health Professionals, Counselors, Salespeople/Consultants, Business owners, Agents/Negotiators, CEO’s/Executives/Managers, Coaches, Parents/Teachers – anyone in fact!