This week’s free hypnosis training lesson covers a practical way to hypnotize someone for the first time.
Within the past week I received an email from a student asking if an instant induction was the best technique to hypnotize someone for their first time.
My answer: No.
While this can be done, just as I did it when starting out, you can run into various issues, like I did at 19.
ISSUE #1: Physiological liability. This is something covered in HypnoKick’s free informational hypnosis ebook download (can be found via “Training” tab). In short, without first vetting your volunteer of any potential physiological or psychological issues they may have, you immediately run the legal risk of either physically hurting them or psychologically messing with their mind. God forbid something did go wrong, you’d be immediately legally liable for whatever physical/psychological damage/injury you incurred through your demonstration (no beuno)!
ISSUE #2: Awkwardness. Again, I was initially trained in an instant induction called ZAP. This was soon taken off the market after the hype of hypnosis began booming in 2011. One interesting thing about it was it was seemingly basic move but they charged about $175 for the booklet/DVD from what I recall. The reason being is that, without proper instruction/training, it could potentially hurt someone. A number of instant/shock inductions can in fact be used as initial induction, don’t get me wrong. However, I’ve found more subtle/comfortable ways to hypnotize people for their first time that makes them comfortable and simultaneously builds trust & rapport.
SOLUTION: The alternative I highly suggested the student pursue, was to initially hypnotize someone with the handshake interrupt. As taught in HypnoKick’s Street Hypnosis Training in detail, this approach would likely come off as more socially acceptable.
For one, it’s popular within many cultures to shake hands as a formality. Therefore, to start an induction with a handshake would leave your volunteer feeling comfortable.
Also, because of the abrupt movement of their hand from below their eye line to above their eye line would only partially throw them off, they’d be left a bit confused. This is the perfect opportunity to begin inducing them with a specific step-by-step script, giving their mind guidance from that initial weird hand-to-face position.
Additionally, because the process is smooth and natural, they’re less likely to freak out, pull back or become hesitant as I’ve seen numerous people react when the hypnotist tries forcing an instant/shock technique.
This, of course, doesn’t quite apply for a large group of people. Just like stage hypnosis, once you’ve successfully induced the first 2-3 people, any other willing volunteers tend to drop without hesitation.
This is because they’ve already heard what is said/seen how the process goes and are conditioned to understand the basic procedure. Once you’ve gotten to your 3rd or 4th volunteers, an instant or shock induction may work perfectly, especially depending on their body language when you approach them.
Furthermore, after you’ve initially hypnotized your willing volunteer with a class handshake interrupt, re-inducing them with a instant/shock induction should go more smoothly. This will also look much more dramatic and cause a theatrical reaction from your onlookers and audiences. Some people’s verbal (let alone physical) reactions to your hypnotizing their peers are the best comical kodak moments you could ask for!
This week’s video demonstration shows how well received the handshake interrupt is …
While you can start with an instant/shock induction with the proper vetting, pre-talk, instructions, a slower/more natural induction will be more well-received and generate good trust & great rapport.
One of the only stipulations that comes to my mind as I write this is experience. For example, depending on the person/situation, I’d have little issue using an instant induction on someone for their first time hypnotized. This is only because I’ve been doing it for years, have experience reading people/situations and can tell if someone’s likely to respond positively to the initial experience.
What are some more slow, comfortable & quality inductions you might use? Why exactly would you use it as your first induction to hypnotize someone? Do you have a non-traditional method that works well? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below to win a free hypnosis gift 🙂
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