The Art Of Covert Hypnosis Released

January 23rd, 2009 by Steven

Well, things are getting a little busy for me at the moment with the release of my course - The Art Of Covert Hypnosis.

A lot of you have requested that I release a course that will teach you, step by step, how you can start hypnotizing people without them being aware of it, right from the level of a novice. This was partly what inspired me to create this course, however I got a little carried away with it and included a load of other information within it, including advanced aspects of Mentalism and NLP that I wasn’t initially planning to cover.

I doubt I will be able to update this blog as much now, as my time is being consumed by a lot of things. Whilst this blog does contain some basic concepts surrounding covert hypnosis, it is nothing in comparison to the information I’ve poured into my online course.

So if you want to really learn every thing there is to know about covert hypnosis, and find out a little about my story, then I recommend you head over to http://theartofcoverthypnosis.com for more information.

Regards,

Steven Peliari

The Many Facets Of Rapport

November 10th, 2008 by Steven

Have you ever connected with someone in such a way that you felt they understood you so well, that you had so much in common with them, that it almost felt as if you’d met them before? Perhaps they shared experiences that you could relate to, or had similar views on life as you. This feeling of connection, of knowing a person well and identifying with them, is known as rapport. Rapport is an essential element of communication within any interpersonal setting, and is used extensively within the business world. Giant mergers of companies usually result when the two company heads get on well together and feel comfortable about openly discussing their ideas.

Establishing rapport with someone is the absolute fundamental aspect of all forms of hypnosis. You must learn how to establish rapport with people. Knowing how to establish rapport with just about anyone you meet is perhaps the most important thing you could possibly learn during your study of hypnosis. Without rapport, you have nothing, and you won’t be able to perform any type of covert hypnosis. If there’s one field of study that I can say is more important than any other, it’s learning the art of establishing rapport with people. Not only will it help you in business, it will also you in your day to day personal relationships with people; including lovers, friends, strangers - absolutely anybody you may converse with. Mass hypnosis, stage hypnosis, covert hypnosis, all forms of interpersonal hypnosis rely upon your ability to establish rapport with your target audience. You must learn this field, more than any other, it is absolutely essential, I cannot stress this enough.

The thing is though, is that I can’t simply teach you rapport through text alone. What you must do is apply the principles I teach you during your day to day life and test them for yourself. Each person has a unique personality and a unique way of identifying with others, you must find what it is that makes you unique and interesting to other people and develop this part of yourself as much as you can. I will help you do this, however it ultimately comes down to you to practice what I teach. This is one part of covert hypnosis that you can’t learn through a text book alone, and anyone claiming you can really doesn’t know this field.

There is a certain mindset that you must adopt when speaking with people. You must understand the way that people think deep down, despite what they say on the surface. Deep down, everyone cares about one person more than anyone, as shocking as it may seem. And this one person, above all others, is themselves. That’s right, people are so self-obsessed with every essence of their being that almost every action they take is done purely to drive their own ego, or to acquire what they need or want. Now this may not seem initially obvious, and in fact most people don’t even know it themselves, but underneath everything, we ultimately conduct every action to benefit ourselves in some way.

People love talking about themselves more than anything else. If you ask a person a question about their lives, they’ll usually be eager to answer it, and at length, filling you in on all the intricate details. If a person asks you a question then they may display an interest in you, however this interest cannot compare to the interest that the person has in themselves, despite what you may think. Those that can nurture other peoples egos and show genuine interests in other people will generally have a lot of friends. The best listener is far better company than the best talker.

So the mindset that you must adopt when speaking with people is this: “I really care about what this person thinks, what their feelings are, and what their views are about things, I’m going to do my best to really get to know and understand this person”. This is the mindset that you must adopt if you ever hope to master rapport. You must have a genuine interest in other people, and be keen to hear what they have to say. By playing upon peoples ego, and nurturing their self esteem, they will subconsciously feel a connection with you and you will most likely befriend them. The actual techniques that you will learn in rapport build upon this mindset, however the techniques themselves are meaningless if you don’t have this mindset.

If you think you can just walk up to someone that you don’t really like, click your fingers with a cranky face, and command that person to do your bidding, then you have entirely misunderstood what covert hypnosis is about. Covert hypnosis is about making people connect with you, and then using that connection for your own benefit without the person realising it. If you cannot establish that connection through rapport, then you won’t be hypnotizing anybody. Rapport is an essential part of establishing authority. If you’ve read my post on the Fundamentals Of Suggestion, then you will know the importance of establishing yourself as an authority within a person’s life. In order to be an authority, you must have rapport. You must be someone that your target can look up to, someone that the they can relate to. Without this form of rapport, you cannot be an authority within the person’s life.

Something that I’d like to explain to you is the difference between having a genuine interest in another person, as opposed to having a false, pretend interest. An example of a false interest would be you talking to a member of the opposite sex at a nightclub. If deep down your only intention was to procreate with this person, and not really care about what the other person wanted, then no matter what you say or do, your intent will come through with your body language, tone of voice, and the words that you choose to use during the course or your conversation. If the person you were talking to wasn’t interested in going home with you that night, then they’d pick your intent from a mile off, even though you never made any mention of it.

If on the other hand you approached a member of the opposite sex with a genuine interest of wanting to know that person, and doing what they wanted to do, then you’d have far more success in the long run. Your mind would be focused on them as opposed to yourself, you would be better able to understand their words and sentences, analyze their questions and give constructive answers that added to the conversation. Despite what you think, you cannot fake interest. It may sound an intriguing thing to do, but ultimately it does not work.

You can of course have an end goal that you want to achieve with a person. Let’s say you’re a salesman and a person enters inside your shop and you want to sell a product to that person. Your ultimate goal may be to get the person to buy the product, but if you immediately start spilling out some long winded sales pitch then odds are the customer will be scared away. If however you displayed a genuine interest in the customer, you will be able to first establish rapport with them (which is the most essential part of communication). After you have established rapport, then you may attempt to sell them the product. Most people make the common mistake of immediately rushing in with their desires and wants during a conversation, without first realising what the desires or wants of the other person are. Once you can identify what the other person wants, fulfill this want in the person, and thus establish rapport with that person, then the person will be more open to listening to your needs and wants.

There’s only one thing that I want you to understand from this lesson, and that’s that having a genuine interest in people is essential to establishing rapport. Without rapport, there is no connection, so it’s necessary that you adopt this fundamental mindset. It may take a bit of practice, but eventually if you can put your self interest aside and focus only on what the other person wants, you will reap many benefits. You may find this depletes a lot of your energy, but it’s a necessary step to take in order to ultimately achieve your goals with the person.

So practice this for me. The next time someone approaches you and says “ohh I had I bad day” and continues to ramble on about something that you couldn’t care less about, listen to them, really understand what they’re talking about, and ask them further questions about what they’re saying. You’ll give them a chance to offload their stress, and you may well be the first person that listened to them so well. You may even establish an instant form of rapport with the person that you never experienced before with them.

Now I’m not saying that you should become an emotional garbage bag for anyone, as this is something you most definitely don’t want, however what I’m asking you to do is just practice a little bit. Learn to care about what people say, and have a genuine interest in them, and see what sort of results you get. Remember, don’t focus on your desires, focus on the other person’s desires. This is the first lesson in rapport that you must learn.

Mental Magic

November 10th, 2008 by Steven

Mental magic is the use of magic within the field of mentalism, sometimes referred to as mental illusion. Mental magic differs from other forms of mentalism such as cold reading or sleight of mind since it relies primarily upon magic tricks that give the illusion of mind reading, as opposed to any form of actual psychological manipulation.

You may wonder how mental magic could apply to covert hypnosis. With covert hypnosis, a big part of what we do is create false illusions that we hope to make people believe. If someone believes in something, then in their world that thing is real. By making someone believe in such false realities we can use hypnosis and NLP on a subject to work many other wonders. It’s important you understand that illusion plays a big role within covert hypnosis, and mental magic is the field that you will be learning all these illusory techniques from.

Now we won’t be covering sleight of hand or other forms of magical tricks that are typically suited for magical shows, instead we will be covering specific techniques that will cause a person to question their beliefs of the world. It’s by creating this form of deception that we give the illusion that something is real even though it isn’t, and a person becomes much easier to persuade as they begin to question themselves, and buy into the false belief we’re offering them.

Whilst I won’t be going into the details of any specific mental tricks within this post, I shall use an example of the precise form of mental magic I am referring to.

Let’s say that someone approaches you, and asks you to think of any number you want. You think of a number, let’s say the number 7, and the person responds with the number you’re thinking of. To you, that seems like an impossible feat, as if the person has clearly read your mind, yet there is an entirely logical explanation for how such a trick is possible.

The thing is, is that many people will grasp some paranormal or supernatural belief in an attempt to explain what they can’t normally explain. Worse, they’ll be willing to believe anything that the person conducting the trick tells them. If the mentalist said that they were abducted by aliens and they got mind reading abilities from them, the person will believe in aliens. Likewise, if the mentalist said their power is based upon psychokinesis, then the person will believe in psychokinesis. It’s a sad state of affairs, but most people have very little faith in science and will immediately believe that something they witnessed is scientifically impossible without conducting any form of further analyses. With mental magic, we use this ignorance to our advantage, and play upon peoples beliefs.

As for how the trick of “think of any number” is done, I’m not going to reveal it to you here. The solution is in fact very simple and does not involve any form of magic, trick or psychology at all. I want you to work it out for yourself, thinking of every possible way that such a trick is possible. When you’ve come up with the answer, you’ll know that you’re correct. This is the first exercise to get your mind thinking like a covert hypnotist, as opposed to someone who doesn’t look outside the square.

Cold, Warm and Hot

November 9th, 2008 by Steven

Reading is a technique used in mentalism to give the illusion of psychic or clairvoyant ability. The techniques used within this field of mentalism are used by scam artists, psychics, mediums, spiritualists and other types of charlatans every day of the week to fuel a multi billion dollar industry based around deception. The techniques themselves are relatively simple once learned, however mastering them and applying them to every situation can become an artform.

Reading is divided into one of three categories: cold reading, warm reading and hot reading. Each one of these three types of reading attempt to prove to the subject that the reader has such an innate knowledge about the subject, that the reader must have some paranormal ability. In reality, no such thing is possible, and by following the posts within this category you will learn the exact techniques used to give the illusion of psychic or clairvoyant abilities.

When we refer to ‘reading’, we refer to the ability of being able to pick up on a person’s past, and what they’re currently thinking.  Many people mistake this as purely a way of analyzing body language, when in fact this comprises only a very small part of cold reading.

To begin with, let’s differentiate between the various types of reading -

Cold Reading:

Cold reading is the ability to ‘read’ a person whilst having very little, if any knowledge about the person. This form of reading is the most difficult as it requires great skill and experience to be able to make statements based upon observations and reactions alone. This is the form of reading that we will be covering the most, and its mastery will ensure that just about any stranger will be convinced that you can read their mind.

Warm Reading:

Warm reading consists of making generalised statements that apply to most people, and hoping that the statements will also apply to the person being read. By making general statements, and wording them in such a way that a person thinks the statement applies only to them, warm reading can give the illusion that the reader has great insight into the emotions and personality of the person being read.

Hot Reading:

Hot reading involves having a background knowledge about a person, without the person being aware of it. The reader gives the impression that they’ve somehow acquired knowledge about the person through some pseudopsychological or paranormal means, without the person realising that the reader already had access to such information before the reading took place. This form of reading is the most powerful when executed correctly, however is limited to people that you have already done background research on.

Sleight Of Mind

November 9th, 2008 by Steven

Sleight Of Mind is the art of using another person’s emotions, feelings, learned behaviours, conscious and subconscious thoughts in order to trick, confuse or surprise the person in some manner. Used commonly by magicians and mentalists as a form of misdiretion, sleight of mind has been around for as long as hypnosis itself, and takes advantage of the way the mind analyses and interprets information.

For the purposes of covert hypnosis, having a good understanding of Sleight of Mind is essential for learning ways to overload a person’s mind with message units, a critical concept to invoking a Trance within a person. Within the Sleight of Mind section we’ll be covering specific techniques to cause confusion, misdirection and puzzlement within our subjects. You will find the techniques you learn here to go hand in hand with the mental techniques taught in the Mental Magic category.

So, just how does Sleight of Mind work exactly? As humans, we’re conditioned to certain thought processes and ways of thinking that are not easily altered. We’re so used to behaving and thinking in a certain manner, that we end up having a natural trust in our communication with people. If something during the course of our communication does not go according to plan, it will cause us confusion. Sleight of Mind is about playing upon this confusion, quickly and decisively, to create the illusion that there was no confusion, to continue the conversation exactly as it was, misdirecting the subject from any act that may have occurred. This act may have been the planting of a subconscious suggestion, or it may have just been a way to cause confusion in itself so as to create an overload of message units within the subject (you will learn more about message units within the Trance and Suggestion categories).

One of the techniques that we can use to cause confusion in a subject is to ask a question that has two opposites contained within it. An example of this may be “do you feel your arm becoming as heavy as a feather?”. The keyword ‘heavy’ is normally associated with objects of a heavy weight, while a feather is normally associated with lightness. Whilst the sentence itself is not grammatically incorrect, it is rarely used in such a manner, and thus confusion is caused within the subject, even though they may not give any obvious reaction to it.

Sleight of Mind is all about bringing out a person’s usual expectation within a sentence, and then altering the sentence in such a manner so that the sentence is still correct, yet not what the person expected. This can be interpreted as a form of misdirection, as you’re momentarily causing the person to analyze a  specific word in the sentence, whilst diverting their attention from the actual meaning of the sentence. In the example given before, the keywords ‘heavy’ and ‘feather’ would be anchored within the subject’s mind, and as we delve into more advanced studies, we could work with these two keywords without the subject even being aware of it.

Submodalities And Representational Systems

November 9th, 2008 by Steven

A submodality is basically the way a person interprets or analyses a certain thing in its smaller parts or forms. An example of this can include the definition of “bright”. What may be quite dim to one person will be bright to another, and vice verca. It is by understanding that people interpret the same thing differently that we can begin to understand the way a certain person thinks or behaves based upon the conversation they use, or their body language. Submodalities are heavily based upon the representational system of an individual. Simply put, a representational system is the way a person thinks and processes information.

Thinking is generally divided into one of the following three categories: Visual, Auditory or Kinesthetic. An example of a visual thought is someone visualising the waves crashing upon a beach when they are sitting inside their office. An example of an auditory thought would be imagining someone speaking, saying a certain word or phrase. A kinesthetic thought would involve imagining how something felt.

When we think of thoughts, be they visual, auditory or kinesthetic, we access different parts of our brain. Furthermore, the thoughts we think about may be either real (as in past experiences) or created (imagined). This subdivides the Visual, Auditory or Kinesthetic thoughts we may have into a total of six categories. In NLP, these categories of thought are referred to as Vc (Visual Constructed) for new images that we’re creating in our mind at the time, Vr (Visual remembered) for images that are in our memory that we’re recalling, Ac (auditory constructed) for new sounds that we’re creating, Ar (auditory remembered) for sounds that we’re recalling, Kinesthetic (as previously explained, thoughts where we imagine touching something), and Ai (auditory internal), which is the ‘voice’ inside our head that we think with.

People subconsciously move their eyes in accordance with the type of thought that they’re making, be it auditory, visual or kinesthetic, created or remembered. This is known as ‘eye accessing cues’. There is unfortunately no universal consistency with the way that people will move their eyes in accordance with the thought that they’re thinking, however the further we delve into NLP, the more educated guesses we can make based upon a person’s speech patterns and other body language as to how they access information.

As a general rule, the majority of people will move their eyes up and to the right when visually constructing thoughts (Vc), up and to the left when visually recalling thoughts (Vr), to the right when constructing auditory thoughts (Ac), to the left when recalling auditory thoughts (Ar), down and to the right when imagining how something feels (K), and down and to the left when using one’s internal voice (Ai).

Submodalities can become an incredibly complex and detailed field, however mastering submodalities is essential to mastering the art of establishing and maintaining rapport with a person. Without attempting to overwhelm you, all that is important that you understand at this stage are the following three things -

1. People interpet things differently to one another. Understanding the way someone interprets something is important to understanding the way that person thinks.

2. Submodalities refer to the way a person interprets things through their representational systems. People think of things in either a Visually Constructed (Vc), Visually Rememered (Vr), Auditory Constructed (Ac), Auditory Remembered (Ar), Kinesthetic (K) or Auditory Internal (Ai) manner, all of which are representational systems.

3. Eye accessing cues is one way that you can interpet the representational systems that a person is using. Remember that for Visual Thoughts many people look to the upper left or right, for Auditory thoughts people look to the left or right, for Kinesthetic thoughts people look to the lower right, and for Auditory internal thoughts people look to the lower left. These directions aren’t conclusive for all people, however do apply to the majority.

How Anchoring Works

November 6th, 2008 by Steven

When we repeat a task many times over, our subconscious eventually causes our body to automate that task for us. If you drive a car, you may remember how difficult it was when you first started to drive. Trying to learn how to handle the vehicle, remembering how hard you needed to brake, and attempting to memorize all the road rules seemed like an impossible task to master at the time. Over time however, you gained confidence, and driving eventually became second nature. This is an example of conditioning, where if a behaviour is repeated long enough, you will eventually adopt that behaviour as second nature, without the need for any conscious thought.

In NLP, anchoring takes the concept of conditioning a step further. With anchoring, what we’re essentially trying to do is associate certain behaviours and emotional states with certain actions. These actions can include internal actions or thoughts within ourselves, or external actions that other people perform. By associating these actions with various psychological states, we can essentially ‘trigger’ the psychological state by simply performing the action. This is similar to conditioning, but can be applied to interpersonal settings, meaning we can effect the behaviour of others as opposed to just ourselves.

We can use anchoring to make a person happy when they are sad, or sad when they are happy. We can use it to make a person feel a strong lust or desire for someone or something, or even trigger sexual energies or feelings of euphoria. Essentially any emotional state that a person can experience, we can bring back to the person at any time, provided that we anchor that state correctly through an action. Now the action itself can be just about anything imaginable, so long as the person cognitively registers the action. The keyword here is cognitively. A person doesn’t have to consciously register the action, in fact it’s better if they don’t. A person cansubconsciously register an action instead, not even being consciously aware that the action is taking place. So long as the person registers the action, we can associate that action with the mental state that the person is experiencing at the time. The process of associating actions with emotional states is exactly what anchoring is.

An example of anchoring an emotional state to an action would be tapping a pen on a table when someone is laughing and feeling really energetic and happy. If the person laughing cognitively recognises the pen tapping, either consciously or subconsciously, they will then, in theory, associate the tapping of the pen on the table with a feeling of happiness and laughter. The next time you tapped the pen on the table, that person would then feel an emotional state of happiness.

Now don’t think that you can simply go outside and start anchoring actions to emotional states and expect to see immediate results, because anchoring doesn’t work instantaneously. You need to condition the anchor over time, reinforcing it to the person as time passes by. You need to look for verbal and nonverbal cues as to whether or not the anchor has been successfully planted, and unless you have had prior experience in NLP, such a thing is very difficult without lots of practice and training.

Anchoring itself is an extensive field of study, and the example I gave you was the simplest I could possibly give without delving too deeply into the field in this post. All that you need to understand at this stage is that anchoring is about associating an emotional state with an action, and then bringing back that emotional state through the action. How you can practically achieve this, I will be covering in future posts.

Milton Model Of NLP

November 6th, 2008 by Steven

NLP can be divided into two separate models, the Meta Model and the Milton Model. For the purpose of covertly hypnotizing other people, the model you will be learning the most about is the Milton Model. The Milton Model is based upon the hypnotic techniques used by Dr. Milton Erickson during his application of clinical hypnosis.

With the Milton Model, we look at applying the techniques taught in NLP in a subtle way that won’t arouse rejection within the critical mind of the person we’re attempting to hypnotize. For example, an ordinary suggestion to someone may be “You will really like him, he’s a great guy”. Such a suggestion is immediately analyzed in a critical context by the person receiving it because they haven’t yet met the person that is being referred to as a “great guy”.

An example of a more indirect suggestion would be “He shares a lot of common interests with you”. With this indirect suggestion, we’re inferring that the person will get on well with this guy when they meet him, however we’re not making a direct statement saying so. This means that the critical mind of the person analyzing the suggestion will be less likely to reject it, since there is no obvious suggestion in place. If you want to learn more about suggestion then have a look at the suggestion category.

The Milton Model of NLP is all about being discreet, indirect, and leaving open multiple interpretations to words. The method of NLP I will be teaching you is all about letting the other person determine the meaning from what you say as opposed to you giving it to them. You want people to come to their own conclusions from the meaning of your words. This will make sense as we progress.

So, what is NLP exactly?

If you’re wondering what NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) is, then don’t. The field of NLP is riddled with various techniques that are ineffective and that have been significantly altered from the way the original creators (John Grinder and Richard Bandler) designed them. There are many online courses out there teaching ineffective methods of NLP, so I recommend you proceed cautiously if you wish to delve into this field. What I will be teaching you on this site are some of the techniques used in NLP that I know to work from experience. It is essential you learn these techniques, particularly Anchoring, Reframing and Submodalities, as they are the techniques that play a crucial role in covertly hypnotizing people.

All that you need to know at this stage is that the model of NLP that you will need to learn to apply covert hypnosis is known as the Milton Model. Know that the Milton Model applies NLP in a discreet, indirect manner. As your studies progress, you will learn the importance of being able to plant suggestions whilst bypassing the critical mind of your subject. Mastering the art of subtlety and vagueness is crucial to achieving this.

Principles Of Mass Hypnosis

November 5th, 2008 by Steven

Have you ever been in a group setting, or a crowd of any form, where you felt yourself become a part of the crowd? You most likely felt a unique form of bonding with those present, as if you shared a common interest with everyone else. Perhaps you even thought or did things that you normally wouldn’t.

When we’re in a group setting we’re looking for acceptance. We want to be part of the group, not be left out of it. This stems back throughout the course of evolution, where animals need to be in a pack in order to survive for any substantial period of time. Without being accepted into a group, or making sacrifices, we were historically more likely to die trying to fend for ourselves. One man alone was unlikely to be able to take upon a giant mammoth.

This same biological functioning has retained itself in our brains throughout history. We still have that need to be in a group, almost at whatever the cost. Look at the way people behave in a riot, or a protest that goes wrong. People that may normally be quite peaceful can suddenly turn into dangerous, riotous and aggressive individuals. This is due entirely to them being in a group where they share a form of bonding and interest with all those present. They may feel a need to be aggressive because everyone else is, and by not being aggressive they may feel that they will be rejected from the group.

So how does any of this relate to mass hypnosis? Here’s the thing: This is Mass Hypnosis.

If you can become the leader of a crowd of people, and you share a common interest with that crowd, then you’ve effectively established yourself as an authority within their lives. Whilst you maintain that form of leadership over those people, they will do almost anything that you tell them to do. The reason that anyone will be unlikely to disobey you is because they will feel left out of the group if they do, which is something that nobody wants.

If you look throughout history, you will see plenty of examples of leaders who convinced otherwise ordinary people to be turned into raging killing machines with ideals that we would normally consider barbaric. The frightening thing is, is that if you were in the same shoes as any of those people, you too would most likely have tried to gain acceptance into the same group, at whatever the cost.

Politicians themselves are ones that use mass hypnotic principles to hold sway over large amounts of people. They find out what a large group of people want in their lives, and they give the group the promises that they want to hear. Those people will look up to that politician as an authority, and will support them vigorously, even defending the politician from friends or family that may oppose their views.

Think about that for a moment. A complete stranger who you’ve never met is able to hold more influence over you than people you have known for many years. If you’ve read my introduction to the Fundamentals Of Suggestion then you’ll realise the importance of establishing yourself as an authority in people’s lives. The best hypnotists don’t need to know someone to establish themselves as an authority, they can do it without even knowing the person.

So the principles behind Mass Hypnosis work as follows:

1. A person feels a need for acceptance in a group, and is willing to do anything to gain and retain acceptance.

2. Someone that shares a common interest with the group and is viewed as an authority by the group will become the leader of the group. This leader can effectively lead the group to do almost anything they wish.

3. Because no one wishes to be rejected by the group, each person in the group will do as the leader says, even if it’s something they normally wouldn’t do.

This covers the basic principles of mass hypnosis. Later on you will learn how to combine these principles with suggestion and other forms of hypnosis in order to really work some magic, however that will come in future posts.

For now, it’s important that you understand what the principles of mass hypnosis are, and why people are willing to do things they normally wouldn’t when in a crowded setting. Remember: The way someone behaves in a group isn’t determined by that person’s ethics, it’s determined by how much that person views the leader as an authority in their lives.

A State Of Trance

November 5th, 2008 by Steven

Broadly defined, a trance is a state of altered consciousness. The different types of trances that we may go into, their varying durations and the effects that such altered states of consciousness have on us, are vast. The effects of trance are studied scientifically, and a lot is unknown about how such states of consciousness effect the way we behave. In hypnosis, we know that when a person is in a deeply relaxed state, typically of a theta wavelength, they’re more vulnerable to suggestion due to their critical mind being relaxed.

Wavelengths are a legitimate field of scientific study within psychology and neurophysiology and consist of different altered states of consciousness. Wavelengths can be divided into the Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta states. The effects of each state are as follows -

Gamma state - The most active state of mind. Scientifically speaking, a person has an average brain wave frequency of 40 cycles per second (40hz). This is a state of the highest alertness, and has its uses in sensory awareness which shall be explained in future posts. A person cannot be in a trance whilst they are in this state as their brain is by far too active.

Beta state - The beta state is usually the state our mind is in most of the time when we are awake. It is associated with deep concentration, focus and analytical thinking.

Alpha state - The alpha state represents a day dreamy sort of state where we are relaxed and calm. This is a desirable state to be in when awake as it allows us to be relaxed yet still alert enough to be aware of our surroundings.

Theta/Delta State - The theta and delta states are the desired states that we wish to send someone into when hypnotizing them. These states typically have a range of 2-8hz. When a theta state is reached, a person is typically in a state of trance and lacks the usual critical thinking capabilities that they’d normally exhibit. When in a delta state, the person’s subconscious mind effectively takes over and they become highly receptive to suggestion. Whilst these states normally occur only through sleep and deep relaxation, it is possible to trigger them quite suddenly through the use of hypnosis.

So to sum up, a state of trance is typically a state when someone is in the theta/delta wavelength. When in a trance, a persons subconscious mind is more receptive to suggestion and their critical mind is more relaxed. It is important you understand this concept as later we will be seeing how suggestion when in a state of trance can lead people to do things that they’re unaware of.

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