Hypnosis has fascinated me since I was a child and it definitely deserves to be one of the areas of persuasion included on this website. Hypnosis can be used to influence yourself and others to perform better in all sorts of different areas, from sports to business to medical and therapy applications.

Hypnotism, Covert Hypnosis

In cartoons, movies and on TV, hypnosis is often portrayed as an evil force used by someone to trick or manipulate another person into doing something against their will. This type of portrayal misrepresents reality. Hypnotism can be a powerful tool for influencing someone but it cannot force someone into doing something against their will or something that violates their sense of morals and ethics.

So what is Hypnosis?

Webster’s dictionary defines hypnosis as, "a trance like state resembling sleep induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject." This definition does not represent the entire scope to hypnotic techniques. The person being hypnotized is not always in a “sleep-like” state. The definition also implies that hypnotic suggestions can somehow be forced on someone against their will. This is also not true.

Hypnosis can be broken down into the following two broad categories:

  1. Overt Hypnosis. This is where the subject is aware they are going to be placed into a hypnotic state. When you think about hypnosis this is probably how you picture it. You're lying on a couch or sitting in a chair and you are being hypnotized. You are probably also picturing the hypnotist holding a watch and swinging it in front of your eyes while he says something like, "You are getting sleepy." That is overt hypnosis
  2. Hypnosis is an amazingly effective tool that can be used to improve your life. In study after study hypnosis has proven to be an effective tool for weight loss and smoking cessation. It is often used in psychotherapy and has even proven effective in controlling pain during surgery and childbirth. All these uses are examples of overt hypnosis.

    Self-Hypnosis is another popular use of hypnosis that falls within the overt category. Self-Hypnosis can be used to over come fears and phobias you might have. I find self-hypnosis is an excellent way to use the power of hypnosis in your everyday life.

  3. Covert Hypnosis - Covert Hypnosis is where the subject, or person being hypnotized, is unaware of what is happening to them. The hypnotic trance is induced through a combination of targeted words, body language and persuasion techniques designed to establish and build rapport. This is the type of stuff marketers and spin-doctors try to incorporate into their messages. Marketers and salespeople, to influence your buying decisions, also effectively use covert hypnosis in the business world. Most likely it is covert hypnosis that you are interested in learning more about.

From the perspective of persuasion, hypnosis can be an effective tool to use, especially covert hypnosis. For this reason the covert model will be the model of hypnosis I explore the most in these pages.

Hypnosis is a very effective tool each of us can use to create massive change in our lives. Two of the most common problems addressed with hypnosis are smoking and weight loss. You can find more information below:

Hypnosis for Weight Loss

Using Hypnosis to quit smoking


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