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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Seriously Curious? Here's an Opportunity to Try Hypnosis Yourself

Here is a link to a hypnosis induction tape which you can download as a booster for conditioning and relaxation betwen regularly-scheduled hypnosis sessions, and to help you learn to enter hypnosis easily and quickly. It will download in .wav format, which you should be able to play on your Windows media player by double-clicking on it. For those who may prefer to have the suggestions read aloud by another person who is skilled in the use of hypnosis -- and so you can also see exactly what is on the tape --  the contents are also presented after that in script format. 

Briefly, it begins with a progressive relaxation induction, which is followed by deepening suggestions, preparation to receive hypnotic suggestions,and ego strengthening adapted fom Hartland's Medical and Dental hypnosis, and suggestions for terminating the session.

Of course, rhis tape is not intended to serve as a substitute for therapy. But, with your therapist's prior knowledge and approval, it can become a helpful means of "tiding yourself over" between sessions, increasing resistance to stress, and preparing you to respond better during face-to-face hypnotherapy.

Because of the suggestions for sleep at the conclusion, the recording may also be especially helpful if you should have initial insomnia or middle insomnia, having trouble getting to sleep or waking up during the night and having a greatd deal of trouble going back to sleep. It may be particularly helpful for shift workers with varying schedules, who need to ajust quickly to new sleep patterns.

There is no best time, or best number of times, to use the tape. It varies with the needs and preferences of each indivifual. And most professionals would agree, if you should happen to find that the tape does not work for you, it doesn't mean that you can't be hypnotized/ It simply means that this is probably not the best method for you to use. 

Here's the script:


Hypnotic Induction  

Just imagine that it’s a nice, spring day, and that you’re lying on a soft woolen blanket, on a sandy beach, by the side of the ocean. If you accept each detail of the situation as I describe it, without trying to think critically, your imagination will be free to allow you to experience the situation just as if you were really there.  

I’m going to count from one to ten, and by the time I get to the count of ten, you’ll be resting comfortably in a deep, sound state of hypnosis. So just relax, and listen to my voice as I begin the count from one to ten.

One . You can feel the warm sand beneath the blanket on which you're lying, and you can feel the gentle breeze blowing across your body, cooling you to just the right temperature, so that all you want to do is just keep drifting, and dreaming . . . and floating . . . on . . . and on . . . and on.

Two . You can hear the sound of the waves gently crashing upon the ocean shore. You can hear the sound of the gulls in the distance, and you can savor the freshness of the pure salt air, as you feel a heavy, relaxed feeling coming over you. You can feel your: arms relaxing, you can feel your legs relaxing, and you can feel your entire body relaxing completely. As I continue to count, and continue to talk, every word that I utter will carry you faster and deeper, faster and deeper, down and down, into a deep, sound, peaceful state of hypnosis.

Three . . . You can feel your entire body relaxing now . . . relaxing deeper and faster, and deeper and faster, all of the time.

Four . Sinking down, and shutting down . . . sinking down, and shutting down . . . sinking down, and shutting down . . . shutting down completely. And the deeper you go, the deeper you are able to go. And the deeper you go, the deeper you want to go, and the more peaceful, and the more enjoyable, the experience becomes.

Five . Sinking and relaxing, and sinking and relaxing, deeper and faster, deeper and faster all of the time. Relaxing so very deeply now that you can just let yourself go completely, as you continue drifting down and down, into a deep, sound, blissful state of hypnosis.

Every word that I utter is carrying you faster and deeper, faster and deeper, down, and down. And the deeper you go, the deeper you want to go, and the deeper you go, the deeper you're able to go, and the more peaceful, and the more beautiful, and the more enjoyable the experience becomes.

Six . Relaxing so very deeply now,as you continue drifting on and on, into a deep, sound sleep, a deep, sound sleep.

Seven .Sinking down and shutting down. Sinking down and shutting down. Sinking down and shutting down, shutting down completely.

Eight . And the deeper you go, the deeper you want to go. And the deeper you go, the deeper you're able to go. And the deeper you go, the more peaceful and the more enjoyable the experience becomes.

Nine. Sinking down, and shutting down. Sinking down, and shutting down. Sinking down, and shutting down. Shutting down completely.

Ten. Very deeply drifting, in a deep, sound state of hypnosis. And the deeper you go, the deeper you want to go. And the deeper you go, the deeper you are able to go. And the deeper you go, the stronger the effects of my words become.


Hypnotic Deepening

Now, as you continue sinking deeper with every word that I speak, and with every second that passes, you can imagine, or picture in your mind, a clock dial, with no second hand and no minute hand on the clock, just an hour hand. And the hour hand is set at twelve.

I’m going to move that hour hand back, one hour at a time, until it’s all the way back to one. And with each hour that I move the hand back, you’ll go twice as deep as you are right now, and you’ll feel twice as good as you do right now.

There is no end to the depth of experience you can have in deep hypnosis. There is no limit to how good you can feel, and to the benefits you can obtain from it. And the deeper you go, the deeper you're able to go . And the deeper you go, the deeper you want to go, and the more beautiful, and the more wonderful, and the more enjoyable the experience becomes. So just let yourself go completely, now, as I move the hour hand back, one hour at a time.

And now I’ve moved the hour hand back from 12 to 11, and you’re sinking down twice as deep as you were before. And the deeper you go, the more easily you are able to become aware of your Best Me -- of the person you are becoming.

And now I’ve moved it down to 10, and you feel twice as deep and you feel twice as good. But there’s never any sense of strain or overload, for the deeper you go, the deeper you want to go, and the deeper you go, the deeper you’re able to go. And the deeper you go, the more enjoyable the experience becomes.

And now I’ve moved it down to 9. Twice as deep, and feeling twice as good. As I lead you deeper and deeper into hypnosis, your Best Me -- the person that you arel becoming -- will provide you with all the guidance and support that you need, in order to free yourself from the problems and limitations that have been holding you back. This guidance will enable these problems to be solved in just the right way, and at just the right time, for you to keep whatever is of value to the person that you will become, and to release and eliminate whatever needs to be released.

8. Twice as deep, sinking down and down, and feeling twice as good, as you allow your Best Me to handle all your problems in the outside world in the healing light of your future.

7. Twice as deep yet again, and feeling twice as good yet again.

6. Deeper yet. Notice what that does, and notice how good you feel. And imagine how good you’re going to feel, when we get all the way down to one.

5. Twice as deep, yet again, and feeling twice as good yet again . . . . deeper . . . and deeper . . .And the deeper you go, the deeper you want to go . . . and the deeper you go, the deeper you are able to go . . . and the more beautiful, and more wonderful, and the more enjoyable the experience becomes.

4. Deeper . . . deeper . . . deeper . . .

3. Twice as deep, and feeling twice as good . . .

2. Deeper . . . deeper . . . deeper . . .

1. Infinitely, and unbelievably deep, and continuing to go deeper with every word that I speak.


Preparing to receive post-hypnotic suggestions

You are now so deep in hypnosis that your mind has become so sensitive… so receptive to what I say… that everything that I release from the depths of your unconscious mind… will emerge so clearly into your awareness… and will cause so strong and lasting an impression there… that nothing will eradicate it.

Consequently… these abilities that I release from your unconscious mind… will begin to exercise a greater and greater influence over the way you think… over the way you feel… over the way you behave.

And… because these abilities will remain… fully accessible to the conscious part of your mind… after you have left here… when you are no longer with me… without interfering in the slightest with your ability to concentrate and to work and to think clearly . . .they will continue to exercise the same great influence… over your thoughts… your feelings… and your actions… just as strongly… just as surely… just as powerfully… when you are back home… or at work… as when you are with me in this room.

You are now so deep in hypnosis… that everything that I tell you that is going to happen to you… for your own good… will happen… exactly as I have told you. And every feeling… that I tell you that you will experience… you will experience… exactly as I have told you. And these same things will continue to happen to you… every day… just as strongly… just as surely… just as powerfully… when you are back home… or at work… as when you are with me in this room.

You have now become so deeply relaxed that before we return to the time and place from which we left, you will fall into a deep, deep sleep. You have now become so deeply relaxed… so deeply asleep… that your mind has become so sensitive… so receptive to what I say… that everything that I put into your mind… will sink so deeply into the unconscious part of your mind… and will cause so deep and lasting an impression there… that nothing will eradicate it.

Consequently… these things that I put into your unconscious mind… will begin to exercise a greater and greater influence over the way you think… over the way you feel… over the way you behave.

And… because these things will remain… firmly embedded in the unconscious part of your mind… after you have left here… when you are no longer with me… they will continue to exercise the same great influence… over your thoughts… your feelings… and your actions… just as strongly… just as surely… just as powerfully… when you are back home… or at work… as when you are with me in this room.

You are now so very deeply asleep… that everything that I tell you that is going to happen to you… for your own good… will happen… exactly as I tell you. And every feeling… that I tell you that you will experience… you will experience… exactly as I tell you. And these same things will continue to happen to you… every day… just as strongly just as surely… just as powerfully… when you are back home… or at work… as when you are with me in this room.


Ego Strengthening

After this deep sleep… you are going to feel physically stronger and fitter in every way. You will feel more alert… more wide awake… more energetic. You will become much less easily tired… much less easily fatigued… much less easily discouraged… much less easily depressed. Every day… you will become so deeply interested in whatever you are doing… in whatever is going on around you… that your mind will become completely distracted away from yourself. You will no longer think nearly so much about yourself… you will no longer dwell nearly so much upon yourself and your difficulties… and you will become much less conscious of yourself… much less preoccupied with yourself… and with your own feelings. Every day… your nerves will become stronger and steadier… your mind calmer and clearer… more composed… more placid… more tranquil. You will become much less easily worried… much less easily agitated… much less easily fearful and apprehensive… much less easily upset.

You will be able to think more clearly… you will be able to concentrate more easily. You will be able to give up your whole undivided attention to whatever you are doing… to the complete exclusion of everything else. Consequently… your memory will rapidly improve… and you will be able to see things in their true perspective… without magnifying your difficulties… without ever allowing them to get out of proportion. Every day… you will become emotionally much calmer… much more settled… much less easily disturbed. Every day… you will become… and you will remain… more and more completely relaxed… and less tense each day… both mentally and physically… even when you are no longer attending here. And as you become… and as you remain… more relaxed… and less tense each day… so… you will develop much more confidence in yourself… more confidence in your ability to do… not only what you have… to do each day… but more confidence in your ability to do whatever you ought to be able to do… without fear of failure… without fear of consequences…. Without anxiety… without uneasiness. Because of this… every day… you will feel more and more independent… more able to ‘stick up for yourself’… to stand upon your own feet… to hold your own… no matter how difficult or trying things may be.

Every day… you will feel a greater feeling of personal well-being… A greater feeling of personal safety… and security… than you have felt for a long, long time. And because all these things will begin to happen… exactly as I tell you they will happen… more and more rapidly… powerfully… and completely… with every treatment I give you… you will feel much happier… much more contented… much more optimistic in every way. You will consequently become much more able to rely upon… to depend upon… yourself… your own efforts… your own judgment… your own opinions. You will feel much less need… to have to rely upon… or to depend upon… other people.


Concluding the Hypnotic Session

Now we will return to the everyday state of consciousness and the time and place from which we left. Because time seems to pass so much more slowly in hypnosis., even though you may only have been hypnotized for only a few minutes, it will seem as if you had been gone for a much longer time,, and the benefits you derive from the experience will be correspondingly increased.

You love being hypnotized! Each time you enter hypnosis,, you enter it more rapidly and more deeply. Each time that you enter hypnosis,, your Best Me -- the person you are becoming -- gives you more strength to work out your issues, in many different ways and on many different levels, some of which you may already be aware of, and some of which you may not yet realize until they actually happen.

Regardless of how much or how little you actually remember of them, you will always recall these hypnotic sessions with fondness, even as you look forward to the next opportunity to return to the next one with ever increasing anticipation. And in between times, the sound of my voice will have much the same enjoyable effect as if you were in hypnosis. For this reason, whenever you can safely do so, you will be able to listen to the hypnosis recording on the computer and it will have just the same effect as if I were actually there hypnotizing you right then.

Tonight, you will be able to fall asleep easily, and you will have a pleasant, refreshing sleep from which you will awaken rested and refreshed, and feeling wonderful; for your Best Me is always with you, guiding your path in the way it should go.

By the time I get to the count of five you will be able to open your eyes, feeling wonderful. Your mind will be clear and alert. You will easily be able to concentrate on anything you have to do, and you are going to feel better than you have for a long, long time!

One. Getting ready to open your eyes now.

Two.

Three. Almost ready.

Four. . . .

Five. You can open your eyes now, feeling  wonderful!










Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hypnotic Mistrsses, Goddesses, and Those who Worrship Them


I recently ran across a thread on YouTube by "Mistress Lisa," which has been viewed over one and one half million times:



Although "Mistress Lisa" does not appear to have followed up on it, the posting has subsequently been incorporated into compendiums of female hypnotists, hypnotic mistresses, goddesses, and seductresses, some of whom merely provide constructive suggestions of well-being, and some of whom seem to be seeking the worshipful adoration of male (and occasionally, female) acolytes, who appear to be all too willing to turn their lives and worldly goods over to them. (If you watch the tape of Mistress Lisa carefully, within a fraction of a second after she completes her induction, you will catch her throwing her head back and with a momentary grin of triumph on her eyes. There is trouble brewing in paradise. . . .)

These blandishments are obviiously not illegal, and not very many people have complained about them, or YouTube would have closed them down years ago. In addition to YouTube, you can enter the words "mistress" ot goddess" on Facebook, or at a Google prompt, and simply follow the links for an in-depth introduction to dozens, and possibly hundreds, of other mistresses and goddesses of varying methods and temperaments.

What are the psychological motives behind these practices? Are they ethical, are they dangereous, or are they merely harmless role playing? Do they benefit or damage their willing devotees, and if so, how? 

According to family systems theorists, some parents view their children not as individuals to be loved and encouraged to develop their own lives, but as extensions of themselves, whose purpose in life is to flatter the parents' ego. They selectively withdraw love until the child, desperate for affection and totallly dependent on the rejecting parent, will do almost anything to get it. The parent ot parents may also act seductively, and even sexually molest the child in order to gratify their own needs because "babies don't tell."

As adults, we often tend to re-create an approximation of the family environment in which we were raised. Is it any wonder, then, that some men long for a relationship with a woman whom they can worship as a goddess if this is the kind of self-centred mother they had, who is alternately seductive, punitive, and distant and rejecting?


What part does hypnosis have to play in this? Fable Goodman has pointed out that  great deal of fetishistic behavior involves fantasy role playing not unlike that to be found in childrens' games.  Indeed, hypnosis itself may be used as a fetish, as evidenced by the large group of hypnosis fetishists on certain fetish Web sites. However, the psychologist T. R. Sarbin considers all human society to consist of an interlockig pattern of social roles, many of which can involve a high degree of organismic involvement, as in the role of a person being cited for breaking a traffic ordinance or the role of bride and groom in a wedding ceremony.

Why are there so many more men than women looking for this type of satisfadtion? In this society, if a woman wants to dedicate herself completely to a self-centered man who only occasionally shows any concern for her and who sends her out to work and takes all or most of her money, she probably will have little trouble finding one. Pimps and prostitutes come to mind as extreme examples of this kind of symbiotic relationship; but there are plenty of others whose patterns of dominance and exploitation are also selfish and controlling, but not quite as dramatic.

For more information, I recommend the book, Toxic Parents, by Susan Forward, which was on the New York Times best seller list. It makes fascinating but sometimes horrifying reading. Believe it or not, there are some people who have children just so they can torture them!



Print References

Forward, S. (1989). Toxic parents: overcoming their lethal legacy and reclaiming your life. New York: Bantam.

de Rivera, J. & Sarbin, T. R. (eds.) (1998). Believed-in imaginings: The narrative constructrion of reality (memory, trauma, dissociation, and hypnosis). Washington, DC: American Psychological association.
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Case History of Hypnosis Used for Seduction

I haven't read any research on the topic of hypnosis and seduction because, as you can imagine, it is not possible to obtain permission for this kind of investigation. But I do have a "case study" which, for reasons which will become obvious, I have not been able to corroborate.


Several years ago, I offered the students in my graduate course in hypnosis the option of conducting an original research project for extra credit. One of the students, who was also a teaching assistant in an Introductory Psychology class, turned in the following report, which I have heavily edited in order to eliminate the more explicit portions while retaining its essence. Needless to say, I could not give him credit for his "research project." But, with no one who was willing to come forth and claim the role of victim, neither could I report him to the Dean -- and he knew it!
Here, in a slightly edited and condensed form, is an autobiographical report from self-confessed serial seducer, announcing that he had chosen as his life work to use hypnosis as his instrument of choice.
My Life Work
“You can’t be made to do anything in hypnosis that is against your will,” the experts say. No matter how deeply you are hypnotized, there is always an un-hypnotized part of your personality which acts as a “hidden observer,” able to intervene if the need arises. But what if the “hidden observer” is dying to get laid?
"Lois," one of the students in my discussion section, had developed the habit of stopping regularly by my desk at the end of the hour, just to chat. As the bond between us grew stronger, we adopted the habit of meeting regularly for a cup of coffee. Gradually, and with much hesitation, she began to tell me the story of her life. Her uncle had molested her on several occasions when she was a child. Like many others of his type, he was clever enough to try to make sure that she enjoyed the experience, in an attempt to get her to share their “secret.” When she had timidly attempted to tell her parents on one or two occasions, they simply did not believe her, which only caused her shame and guilt to become even greater.
Lois relished telling me every detail of her existence, including her social life, and the fact that she used to get seizures as a result of injuries in a car accident. Because of her early experiences with her uncle, she was extremely shy around boys until she entered college. Now, as a Sophomore, she would only allow herself to get involved with male students for occasional one-night stands. These involved some heavy drinking to make things easier, followed by heavy petting and occasional oral sex (which she did not enjoy very much), but nothing more.
We soon became strongly attracted to each other. However, dating a student in one’s class was strictly forbidden. Besides, with that kind of a personal history, she wasn’t going to let any man get as far as I wanted to go with her.
Neither one of us was ready for a committed relationship. But there was still one small chance that I might be able to succeed in getting what we both did want. I had always been interested in hypnosis -- but not for purely professional reasons. If hypnosis can be used as the sole anesthetic to deaden sensation in the female genitalia during birth, I wondered, what would be the result of you used suggestion to make the genitalia, and even whole body, hypersensitive?
A few weeks into the semester, I asked the students in the introductory psychology section where I was a teaching assistant if anyone wanted to be hypnotized in order to receive suggestions to improve their study habits (and, of course, to give me some practice in seeing whether or not I could use hypnosis to turn on some of my female students -- especially Lois!). Lois’s hand shot up instantly. I signed her up, along with three other volunteers, to meet with me individually in my teaching assistant’s office the following Saturday morning, when I knew that the psychology building would be deserted. Naturally, I made sure that Lois was my last appointment.
Lois was precisely on time. After a few moments of conversation, I gave her a pre-hypnotic talk, which included assurances that people who are hypnotized cannot be made to do anything against their will. Then I asked if she had any questions. When she did not, I went ahead with the hypnotic induction.
Judging by the responses of my first three volunteers, two of whom were female, I did not expect very much to happen. However, by her body language, and the degree to which she seemed to sink down in the chair, it seemed that she was going to be an excellent hypnotic subject. When the induction was completed, I told her, as I had told the others, “In psychology, we know that people never learn to do anything new, unless they find that new behavior rewarding. Would you like to feel the emotion of happiness, and use this as a reward to change your study habits? You can just nod your head yes or no.”
Lois seemed to be so deeply hypnotized that she was not sure that she could move unless I specifically suggested it. But perhaps she was shyly considering the possible consequences. “It’s all right, you can move if you want to,” I prompted. After a few seconds, she nodded slowly. “All right,” I continued. “We’re going to have to make it very strong, but that’s okay, because the stronger we make it, the greater the effect will be,” I casually remarked. Lois did not move, but I had the feeling that she was waiting expectantly for what I was about to say next.
“Now, as I continue to speak, you can feel wave after wave happiness, filling and flooding your entire being with joy and delight. And in just a few seconds, you’ll be feeling all the happiness you can possibly hold. Then you can signal me by raising your hand. . . . It’s growing, and growing, and getting stronger by the second. And soon, your hand will begin to rise.”
Lois still remained motionless for a moment or two. “Almost there, now. . . . Almost there,” I prompted. “Now, you are ready, and your hand is going to rise. Now, it’s rising . . .” She had gradually begun to raise her hand. “All right,” I continued,. “Now, when I touch your hand, it will sink down comfortably by your side. But the happiness will continue as long as you are hypnotized, and it will last a few minutes after your hypnotic trance is over. Then, whenever you have completed your study assignment, these feelings of happiness will return, and act as a reward for your studying.”
Lois certainly appeared to be in a deep trance, but I had to be sure. “There’s a beautiful view from the window,” I said. “Would you like to be able to open your eyes and see what it looks like?” She nodded, without having to be prompted this time. “All right,” I continued. “Just keep your eyes closed, and I’ll lead you.” Quickly adjusting my trousers to hide the bulge beneath them, I got up from my desk, took her gently by the hand, and slowly led her to where she could look outside. “Now,” I said, “you can open your eyes and tell me what you see.”
The only things that could be seen from the window were a couple of dilapidated buildings which were used by the grounds keeper. She was silent for a moment, and I repeated my question. “It’s beautiful,” she said, with tenderness and passion in her voice.
“All right,” I responded. “Just close your eyes again, and I will show you another view.”
Lois smiled slightly, as her hidden observer comprehended my mteaning. As I led her back to the chair, she took small, halting steps, allowing herself to stumble against me as she ground her breast into my arm. We had both clearly passed the point of no return. . . .
         [The following two paragraphs have been deleted due to their                    sexually explicit content.]
Later, when I counted her out of hypnosis and opened her eyes, I greeted her cheerfully. “That was fun, wasn’t it ?”
She smiled and stretched slowly. “Oh, yes,” she responded with a broad smile.
“Do you remember looking out the window?” I asked. She frowned and shook her head. “I feel so tired that I can hardly move.”
“But you don’t remember anything, because you’ve been so deep,” I remarked as calmly as I could. Lois seemed to frown for a second. Then she shook her head to indicate that she did not.
“I’m going to go back to my room and take a nap,” she said cheerfully as she went out, leaving the office door slightly open.
In class the following Monday, Lois glanced at me several times with her usual flirtatiousness, but I pretended not to notice. For the rest of the semester, she was absent more often than she was there. She only did the minimum amount of work that was necessary in order to pass. I spent many sleepless nights worrying whether or not she had gone to the Dean or to the Campus Police. I had let myself be carried away by the passions of the moment. Since I was guiding the experience, I knew that both the legal and the moral responsibility for what had happened were entirely mine, regardless of how strongly Lois had inwardly desired to comply. If she ever recalled and disowned our experiences together and wanted to cry rape, the publicity would ruin my career before it even started, regardless of whether or not I was convicted.
I need not have worried. Several times during the next few weeks, as I was on the way to class, I would see Lois coming from the coffee shop with a different male student in tow, cutting across the parking lot and headed for her dormitory. If she happened to notice me, she would wave and call out a greeting.
Students would often use their rooms as a setting for private lovemaking during the day, while their roommates were out to class, or otherwise occupied. Regardless of whether or not she ever fully remembered what had happened, Lois was f****** her brains out -- and I had found my life work.

If actual rape, involving coercion and the use of force, occurs during the course of a hypnotic session, legal procedures are available to deal with it. However, it is frequently said that most rapes go unreported because of the shame and humiliation which it would cause the victims, the psychological stress of testifying in court, and the damage which the resulting publicity would cause to their relationships and professional position. This is even more the case if the victim of a hypnotic seduction should change his or her mind and suffer "buyer's remorse," regardless of whether or not hypnosis is involved, because the legal penalties for such behavior are sometimes nonexistent. The major incentive to come forth for those who have been the victims of a hypnotic seduction and have come to regret the fact is to save other potential victims from undergoing similar distress; and a few brave individuals are occasionally will do so.

It would be naive to assume that fantasies of seduction under hypnosis occur only to male hypnotists and never to their female subjects; and in the present instance, Lois apparently did not perceive herself as a victim. Nevertheless, if Lois had later changed her mind and had been willing to come forth to identify her seducer, existing penalties such as academic expulsion and other professional and civil sanctions could have been pursued. If she had been in need of counseling or psychotherapy as a result of their encounter her seducer might have been compelled to pay for it, plus additional damages for personal distress. If she were reluctant to risk the adverse publicity which might result, perhaps she could have been persuaded to take action in order to spare other victims from having to undergo similar kinds of distress in the future.

It should be noted that seduction by means of hypnosis are not limited only to male hypnotists. A Google Advanced Search for entries which contained both mistress and hypnosis yielded over 1,7000,000 results.