What is Hypnosis?
(Exercising Your Mind)
What is Hypnosis?
Dr. John Kappas Professional Hypnotism Manual, 2001 edition
Dr. Haha Lung Mind Control: The Ancient Art of Psychological Warfare, 2006
Hypnosis may be defined as
“anything that attempts to control or modify human behavior through the influence or creation of belief systems”
–Clinical Hypnosis/202: “Hypnotic Modalities” Hypnosis Motivation Institute 2003
It is simply a matter of accessing their individual “suggestibility”, which can be tested and measured. Hypnosis is a Natural and Neutral, Neural and MetaPhysical Phenomenon. It may be the altering of attitudes, beliefs and behaviors; it may be an altered state of consciousness or access to a generally difficult to reach faculty; it may be another name for aptitude or learning capacity.
How effectively might someone learn or be taught a new program or set of cause – effect – respond – adjust processes?
What does a Hypnotherapist do?
“Hypnotherapist induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior pattern through hypnosis. Consults with client to determine the nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Tests subjects to determine degrees of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic state in client using individualized methods and techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client’s problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning.“
–Dictionary of Occupational Titles United States Department of Labor
What is BrainWashing?
“Intensive propaganda techniques that are applied under conditions of stress and/or coercive persuasion, during which an individual is confronted by conditions deliberately designed to undermine his morale and make him question his accepted attitudes. This paves the way for indoctrination with a ‘replacement set of beliefs’ that will produce a change in behavior”
–Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, Robert M. Goldenson 1970
What is the difference?
Hypnosis is helpful; BrainWashing is involuntary and harmful. In my opinion the criteria that separates the two is the intent of the person using the techniques and the effect it produces.
If the intent is to help and produces just effects, voluntary or involuntary, it is Hypnotherapy or Hypnosis.
If the intent is malicious and produces a bad effect unintended by the hypnotized person, it is brainwashing.
Hypnosis can be harmful and not be Brain Washing when the hypnotized person requests Hypnosis as an aid to committing harmful acts. Yes, humanity is certainly an interesting community.
Grades of Hypnotic Modalities may also be “Ranked” according to Ecology, or, Holistic Effect as in the following experimental categories:
Willing and Beneficial
Willing and Harmful to Self; Beneficial to any Others
Willing and Beneficial to Self; Harmful to any Others
Willing and Harmful
Unwilling and Beneficial
Unwilling and Harmful to Self; Beneficial to any Others
Unwilling and Beneficial to Self; Harmful to any Others
Unwilling and Harmful
Different individuals certainly respond variously to different Hypnotists. Variations also occur based on their “Life Script” ‘Experience Conditioning” or core beliefs and values in conjunction with the suggestions offered. Direct verses inferred and paternal versed maternal deliveries lend another optional response.