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Thursday, May 9, 2013

How to Hypnotize the Un-Hypnotizable

Despite claims to the contrary, most induction procedures work about equally well; and the differences in responsiveness are due to personality or situational variables, which sometimes can be the deciding factor in whether or not a particular induction will succeed (Gibbons & Lynn, 2010).  However, decades of laboratory research involving hundreds of investigators (Hull, 1933; Shor & Orne, 1962; Spiegel, 1974), have conclusively demonstrated that for everyone who responds poorly, you are statistically certain to find someone who responds so well that perseverance in the use of hypnosis will be amply rewarded over time.

For those who have difficulty being hypnotized and who would like some help, there is a free group at entitled, "Hard to Hypnotize?"  which is specifically for those who have difficulty being hypnotized. whose leader,  widely-respected hypnotist, +John Cleesattel,  makes the unconditional promise: "If you have tried many times and still have had no success, contact me and together we can make it happen."   +Michael Ellner also makes the following excellent suggestions: 
Try warming you hand with a hair dryer and then try to mentally recreate the sensation. Next bite into a slice of a lemon and then try to mentally recreate the taste of the lemon. Keep at it until you can easily warm your hands and taste the lemon by just thinking about it.  Next work on sensing a tingling in your finger tips when you can do this move the sensation into your hands. These simple exercises should be a gateway to learning how to create sensations by just thinking about it. 

This makes a good beginning, but it still does not enable us to realize the full potential of hypnosis. To go farther requires patient leading, under the guidance of a trained professional. Many professional hypnotists have large and highly successful practices; and I am able to employ hypnosis in my general psychology practice on a daily basis, for a wide variety of purposes.  

See also:   

What is "The Power of Suggestion?

How to Cure the "I Don't Think I Can be Hypnotized" Syndrome

Trance is NOT Necessary for Hypnosis

Sources and Citations

Gibbons, D. E. (2001). Experience as an art form. .New York, NY: Authors Choice Press.

Gibbons, D. E. (2000). Applied hypnosis and hyperempiria. Lincoln, NE: Authors Choice Press (originally published 1979 by Plenum Press).

Gibbons, D. E., & Cavallaro, L (2013).. Exploring alternate universes: And learning what they can teach us. Amazon Kindle E-Books. (Note: It is not necessary to own a Kindle reader to download this e-book, as the Kindle app may be downloaded free of charge to a standard desktop or laptop computer and to most cell phones.)

Gibbons, D. E., & Lynn, S. J. (2010). Hypnotic inductions: A primer. in S. J. Lynn, J. W. Rhue, & I. Kirsch (Eds.) Handbook of clinical hypnosis, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 267-291.

Hull, C. L.. (1933). Hypnosis and suggestibility: An experimental approach. New York: Appleton-Century.

 Shor, R. E., & Orne, E. C. (1962). Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Form A. Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press.

Spiegel, H. (1974). The grade 5 syndrome: The highly hypnotizable person. International Journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis, 22(4), pp. 303-319. 


In no particular order, here are just a few the other practical applications of hyperempiria, or suggestion-enhanced experience, contained on this Blog,  You can learn how to:

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