Don E. Gibbons, Ph.D., NJ Licensed Psychologist #03513
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Is a hypnotic Induction Really Necessary?

You don't need a hypnotic induction if you can find a way to compound the convictions that lead to the acceptance of your suggestions without first having to suggest or imply that a person's conscious processes are beginning to function differently, which is the one thing that all inductions have in common.

In Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, after Caesar's previous supporters had murdered him in the fear that his power would become absolute, the populace was initially inclined to support the murderers. The funeral oration was delivered by Marc Antony, one of Caesar's few remaining supporters. In the space of a few minutes, he had converted those in attendance into a howling mob bent on vengeance: "About! Slay! Burn! Let not a traitor live!"

Of course, Shakespeare did not have a certificate in hypnosis. He understood very well, however, how to compound conviction, and so he did not need it!