|Train? Yes. Hypnotize? No.|
But isn't hypnosis just an enhanced form of communiication? Communication! Bees do it, ants do it, chimps do it, and horse whisperers do it. But only humankind is the storytelling animal. and therefore we are the only species that can make use of what +michael ellner has referred to as "the transformational magic" of an induction to provide both the opportunity and the occasion for those who have the ability to use teheir information in an "Alice-in-Wonderland" fashion to go ahead and do so..
Social psychologists have amply documented that an attitude, or a tendency to respond in a certain way, is made up not only of an action component, but a belief component and an emotional component as well. As experiential hypnotists, we can intervene at any one of these levels, or a combination of them, to change human behavior. But with other animals, less cognitively endowed than we are, we are largely left with only two componentsof an attitude, emotions and behavior, to work with.
Sufi mystics pose this question: "Imagine the sound of two hands clapping. Now, imagine the sound of one hand clapping. . . ." Language is a model of reality, and we sometimes tend to confuse the model with the reality it represents -- even when the model breaks down. My own preference is to use a more conservative definition of hypnosis as experience mediated by suggestion, and "let sleeping dogs lie!"