10 important things Hypnotists know

  1. Critical Faculty – Not “Critical Factor”. acts as the firewall of the mind, permitting or preventing you from acting in response to a suggestion.
  2. Somnambulism and Somnambulistic – Somnambulism (Marquis de Puységur), is the working state of hypnosis. Somnambulistic is an adjective, relates to a particular depth of trance, i.e. the subject at times resemble a sleepwalker. It is the state in which you are able to cause the maximum change in therapy.
  3. Fractionation – Connected to heteroaction and homoaction. Hypnosis is a state of learning or being in a learning state. One is able to go deeper into trance, the best way to do this is practice and through experience. Fractionate someone is repeatedly hypnotising them within a short period of time. an example of this is getting the individual to rise up by opening their eyes and closing them so they go into hypnosis again, one can achieve very deep levels utilising this technique.
  4. Heteroaction – Andre Weitzenhoffer extensively discussed this topic. What this means is when you pass a hypnotic task it affects you by increasing your predisposition to pass another entirely different one, resulting in your hypnotic response increasing. Suggestibility tests can prove to be fruitful at the best of times. Heteroaction paves the way to trance. The famous entertaining aspects of hypnosis known as stage hypnosis allow the stage hypnotists to initiate stronger and unusually strange responses as the show progresses and develops.
  5. Homoaction – Termed by Weitzenhoffer. Homoaction states each time hypnotic activity or trance is repeated, the response becomes stronger until it reaches a higher state barrier / point, the reason why fractionation works.
  6. Convincers – least understood hypnotic phenomena, sometimes confused with suggestibility tests. A convincer is a suggestion (catalepsy, time distortion, space distortion etc.) referencing back to prove the person was hypnotised. Convincers ratify trance, they make it very real for the individual when referring back to a point of reference.
  7. External Trance Indicators  – ETIs known as the analog phenomena you calibrate, allows you to gauge the subject’s response. Examples : eyelid fluttering, facial flaccidity, shifts in breathing, hypnotic rash, head tilt, muscle twitches, blood to extremities, etc. This reveals what is going on the outside is the result of something going on on the inside.
  8. Catalepsy – A waxy flexibility of the limbs often with trance. Creating catalepsy is a great inroad to hypnosis, resulting in hyper-analytical subjects confused when they awaken as to why they went under. Catalepsy often occurs spontaneously, it’s very easy to create.
  9. Calibration – observe your subject, notice how they look, sound, breathe, etc.
  10. Grounding – You return to the present time. The clients safety and comfort is always the Prime Directive.