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Hypnosis & Will: Have You Changed Your Mind?

Hypnosis & Will: Have You Changed Your Mind?

Recently, a couple of videos I posted created a tremendous amount of controversy. The videos showed people apparently being hypnotized without their consent–perhaps even against their will. If you haven’t seen the videos yet, take a look…

Hypnosis & Will

Those Videos Changed Minds

When surveyed before watching the videos, the majority of folks said you can’t hypnotize people against their will and in hypnosis, they won’t do anything against their will. After watching the videos, 60% said the opposite–you can hypnotize someone against their will! And 56.7% said you can make someone do something against their will while in hypnosis. 24.1% said that what the videos contained was not hypnosis.

Why Is It Important?

To me, this is a vital question. Most of us were told that you can’t hypnotize someone against their will. If that’s not true, what other things were we misled about with regards to hypnosis?

For me, the study of hypnosis and NLP has always been about getting better. Getting better at helping people, getting better at the techniques, getting better at making my life, and the lives of people around me better. Well, how can we fully use some thing we don’t fully understand? If you want to push the limits of what hypnosis can do, understanding where the limits are is vital.

Some of the comments about the videos were fascinating. There were a lot of thoughtful responses and a couple of strange ones. Here are some of the responses…

Second Survey Responses

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Can a person be hypnotized against their will?
No
Comment: No, but we can hypnotize someone secretly without getting caught using covert hypnotic techniques.

2. Can a person be made to do something against their will in hypnosis?
No
Comment: No, but we can make them do something they would not normally do by utilizing covert hypnosis.

3. What is shown in the videos is not hypnosis!
Disagree
Comment: I’ve study mentalism for many years and I enjoy watching Derren Brown’s performance. Although some of Derren’s routine are performed by magic techniques, I notice that the Russian Scam one was performed by some covert hypnotic techniques like the mirroring technique, the handshake induction, the hypnotic gaze induction…etc. Therefore, I believe that the Russian Scam routine IS hypnosis.

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1. Can a person be hypnotized against their will?
No
Comment: The techniques used are confusion techniques and it really has less to do with “will” and more to do with knowledge. To say the subjects were hypnotized or did something against their will infers that that knew what was going to happen, the didn’t want to have it happen, and they were made to do it anyway. That is not the case in either of the videos.

2. Can a person be made to do something against their will in hypnosis?
No
Comment: Yes and No. Again, we must define “will.” Both videos showed people being made to do things that we believe they didn’t “want” to do, but it is not that simple. I do believe you can get someone to do something without their knowledge (the whole point of conversational or covert), but to say it has to do with “will” is not fully accurate. The guy who gave away is belongings was totally confused, and in that instant we believe that he would not have wanted to give them away as he did, but Derren is one of the best at using confusion techniques and NLP (after all, he got the guy to do it twice!). I would still argue that it wasn’t about will, it was about knowledge.
3. What is shown in the videos is not hypnosis!

Disagree
Comment: If Hypnosis is a highly suggestible state (more suggestible than in a normal, conscious state), then what we saw was hypnosis.

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1. Can a person be hypnotized against their will?
Yes
Comment: I’ve been taught that you can’t hypnotize anyone against their will, but after watching the videos, it appears that I was wrong. However, in the second video, the hypnotist asks a question and gets an affirmative reply, which could be taken as permission. I personally think that’s going way out there to get that interpretation. Interesting and food for thought.

2. Can a person be made to do something against their will in hypnosis?
No
Comment: There was nothing that threatened the man and woman, nor did it go against any moral codes. Perhaps not in their best interests.

3. What is shown in the videos is not hypnosis!
Agree (I believe this person misread the question)

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1. Can a person be hypnotized against their will?
Yes

2. Can a person be made to do something against their will in hypnosis?
Yes
Comment: both questions one and two are subject to the law of the imagination, witch states”when the WILL and the IMAGINATION come into conflict, it is the IMAGINATION that always wins. Will is not in the way if you enter from the imagination the mind is an open door to a dimly lit room with lots of files and push button controls, be careful what you do.

3. What is shown in the videos is not hypnosis!
Disagree
Comment: The marks mind focused on what the leader wants it to be and every thing else fades away….looks like hypnosis by the definitions I’ve seen.

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1. Can a person be hypnotized against their will?
No

2. Can a person be made to do something against their will in hypnosis?
No

3. What is shown in the videos is not hypnosis!
Agree
Comment: these videos are complete BS, I mean look at them. Bandler visited this years ago… money and weapons work much better… These videos are so bad to the point that I’m going to unsubscribe from your list because I see that this is a poor marketing attempt by you. Cheers

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Read my responses to these comments in Hypnosis & Will–My Responses
Keith

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