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Can Hypnosis Make Someone Do Something They Don't Want to?

Answering: Can hypnosis be used to make someone tell the truth?

There is a classic hypnosis “test,” where people are given beakers full of acid, and (still in trance) ordered by the hypnotist to throw the acid in a person’s face.
The people refuse, it is said, because the hypnosis cannot make them breach their ethical/moral standards.

Derren Brown, the well-known magician/hypnotist/mentalist/performer even did a show featuring this test.
In his version, ALL the people DID throw the acid.

https://youtu.be/Dudg3QtVrR8?t=7m55s

Fortunately, the acid had secretly been replaced with water.

  • Did the subjects KNOW it wasn’t acid? 
  • Did they not have high enough morals to refuse? 
  • OR is the test not true? 

Your guess is as good as mine…

But in your example given, it’s not even an issue.
Matthew Small's answer to Hypnosis: Is it true that a hypnotist can't make his client do something against his moral?

Merely kissing someone, even of the same sex, is probably not going to be enough to trigger a moral dilemma for a modern person. Even in the staid old 20th Century, there were dozens of Hollywood movie comedies where two straight men kissed each other just for laughs.


But, are you still wondering…

Could I hypnotize someone to do something “against their will” by changing their perceptions?

The answer is: Maybe. (Gotta love these decisive answers, don’t cha? People are variable; don’t blame me.)

IF the person saw the hypnosis as a way to GET OUT OF BEING BLAMED for doing something they actually, secretly WANTED to do, it would be possible.

“I didn’t do it! The hypnotist made me!” But it’s actually a bunch of BS. The person knew what they were doing at all times.


While in hypnosis SUBJECTS ARE HIGHLY AWARE of what is going on, even when it does not look like it.

And when they don’t want to do something, they simply don’t.

Happens to me in hypnosis shows all the time. I make a suggestion, and if they don’t like it, they begin to wake up immediately. You can see an actual example in my show here:

https://youtu.be/PKRoRDqvzTE?t=6m59s

And unless I can reassure them that what I’m doing is fun, and/or for their benefit, they will fully awaken and know exactly what I tried to get them to do.

Be warned: DON’T try to use hypnosis to take advantage of women.
You’ll get screwed, not them!

Professor Jay Tee
superunconscious.com

Hyper suggestible people

Answering: Is having hyper hypnotizability a good thing?

First off, there’s really no such thing as a hyper hypnotizable person, although thousands of supposed experts will tell you there is.

Either you are:
  • ready for hypnosis at a given time and in a given situation, or
  • you aren’t.

However, being in hypnosis feels great, so when a person has experienced it before, they are often much more easily inclined to follow along and “go there” again in a new situation. This also applies if a person does self-hypnosis, whether they know they are doing it, or not.

Second, to actually answer your correctly rephrased question:
Is being easily hypnotized in every situation a good thing?

Probably not. There are people out there who will attempt to use it for their own nefarious purposes, and NOT to help you out, or just have fun with it for proper entertainment purposes.

[Older example of total BS professional hypnotists still insist is true. This was based on a VERY limited self-study conducted by a hypnotist who WANTED to prove it true, of course! ]

Even now, most professional hypnotists will quickly tell you that part of your mind will ALWAYS kick in and REJECT suggestions that are not good for you, or that you find ethically offensive, but THIS IS NOT ALWAYS TRUE.

It’s a personal thing, to be honest.

It all comes down to this:
Which is stronger for the hypnotized person?
  1. Ethical/moral beliefs (sometimes not that strongly held!)
  2. Desire to feel great in hypnosis (stronger than you think!)
  3. Belief that this is “just like a game” and nothing bad will happen
  4. Trust in the person who does the hypnosis
  5. Comfort in the situation (might not seem so bad at the time)
  6. Drunkenness/other drug effects
    (yes, you can be hypnotized when using drugs or alcohol)
  7. Power of focus/level of inattention to what is outside focus
    (aka “depth” of trance)
These facets combine in a unique way for each person.

The results of your unique combination determines whether your unconscious mind would decide to remain in hypnosis EVEN WHEN THE HYPNOSIS IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU.

So much for “You won’t do anything in Hypnosis that you won’t do outside Hypnosis.” It’s wishful thinking.

In the proper circumstances, hypnosis IS real mind control.


Cheers,
Professor Jay Tee
superunconscious.com

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