Hypnotized Against Your Will. Can that happen? I used to think not. Then I learned better.
In minor, but significant, ways it can happen.
How can you be put into a hypnotic trance without your consent? When unscrupulous people purposely take advantage of how hypnosis works. (Explanation of that to come in today’s post.)
Later I’ll continue with another with a follow-up article. So that you can protect yourself better as a consumer.
But first of all, let’s be clear…
Professional Hypnotists Are Ethical
Unethical hypnotism isn’t done by professional hypnotists. We’re not the problem.
Personally, I’m proud to be a professional hypnotist. Officially I’m a Consulting Hypnotist who helps clients professionally. And also a Certified Instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). So I get to train new hypnotists as well.
Professional hypnotists like us follow a strict code of ethics. And, really, we’re nothing like those scary dudes you’ve seen. Hypno-villains in old movies or TV shows. You know, the sleazy hypnotist who swings a shiny watch at the unwitting subject. Saying in a creepy voice, “You are getting sleepy, sleeeeeeeeeeepy.”
In reality? Hypnotism is a distinct profession that helps real-life people to solve real-life problems. Totally consensual, that kind of hypnotism. Just like the distinctive kind of past-life regression that I facilitate. As you Blog-Buddies may know I’ve even taught them: Both, hypnotism and Soul Energy Awakening Hypnosis.
Once you move into hypnosis, what then? The hypnotist gives you suggestions. And folks tend to believe them. Because in hypnosis we’re far more suggestible. Compared to functioning in the regular waking state of consciousness.
This is a really important point. And I’ll be coming back to it later in today’s article.
But what about unscrupulous people? Taking advantage of how easily people can move into hypnosis. And become way suggestible.
Hypnotized Against Your Will? Depends
We professional hypnotists wouldn’t dream of coercive hypnosis.
Actually, we tell clients they can’t be hypnotized against their will. Which is, mostly, true.
Hypnosis has levels of depth. Much like an elevator you might take to a subterranean series of parking garages.
You’d never move into depth hypnosis against your will.
However, you can be manipulated into shallow hypnosis. Against your will. Shallowly but effectively
Natural Hypnosis. How It Happens.
Falling into shallow hypnosis really is natural. Easy. Actually it happens often, as in the term “highway hypnosis.”
In highway hypnosis, you’re driving along a familiar route. Maybe going home. When you “space out” and somehow take the wrong exit.
Why do we sometimes fall into hypnosis? Because hypnosis is such an easy variation on the waking state of consciousness.
Just three things are necessary:
- Physically, you’re doing something routine. Or even aiming to relax. Consequently your body is quite relaxed.
- Mentally, you’re aware. Not sleeping. Definitely not passed out. You’ve got natural, ever-changing thoughts and emotions. A flow.
- And you feel like yourself.
So, of course, people fall into light trances often. Including highway hypnosis.
Shallowly Hypnotized Against Your Will. How This Happens.
Suppose that you’re watching TV. Or enjoying streaming anything on your laptop or phone.
Think you might fall into a trance?
- Physically relaxed.
- Mentally aware.
- You feel like yourself.
Advertisers know about that. So do politicians.
I’m not talking conspiracy theory here. Simply how human brains work.
Why’s It a Problem? Being Hypnotized Against Your Will.
Problem is, then you’re suggestible.
Ever see a dopey commercial and think, “What a joke! Why would anyone in their right mind want to buy XYZ.”
Well, of course ads that you see often aren’t just jokes. Advertisers find those dopey commercials profitable. And why?
Because many viewers have moved into TV hypnosis, etc.
And then the advertiser can take advantage of how ridiculously suggestible people become. While in hypnosis.
Thwart Those Who Aim to Hypnotize You Against Your Will
Here are my favorite tips. I use them and you can too. When watching TV, or the equivalent:
- Stand up every 15 min. Take a few steps.
- Better, move the whole time you’re watching. (Me, I wear a weighted vest. And move in different ways. So as not to bore myself. And yes, my husband has learned to handle it.)
- Avoid getting into a food trance. Eating while watching TV can set up a food trance. It’s actually easy to alternate attention to the show. With attention to the yummies parading into your mouth. So if you’re going to eat and watch TV, choose your shows carefully.
- Best to record shows and watch them, so you can skip over the commercials entirely.
- Talk back to any stooooooopid or pushy things that people say. In your own smartie voice, say out loud, “I sure do not believe that. I believe this.” Etc.
In conclusion, don’t act like a couch potato, period. Unless you want to live with dull consciousness. Influenced by others while you’re more vulnerable to their suggestions… than you ever have to be.