Psychology of Hypnotic Inductions

This week’s free hypnosis training lesson explains why hypnotic inductions aren’t a big deal.





In response to a recent question I received, it’s all about the psychology of conditioning.

Just as taught in “How To Hypnotize People Easily” (Click Here to read), the ability to successfully hypnotize someone easily (with practically any induction), is about familiarity with the general state of hypnosis.

Consider the fact that many are unaware of what hypnosis (aka relaxation) really is. After my initial inducing them into it, my volunteers come out with a better understanding that hypnosis isn’t:

  1. Mind control where they’ll lose their ability to think/say/do what they wish
  2. A time period in which they black out and forget anything that happens
  3. A scary thing in general (it’s actually naturally relaxing)

Before I have them open their eyes and come back into a normal state of consciousness, I inform them that the moment I (or another hypnotist they trust) says “Sleep”, they’ll allow themselves to go back into said state of relaxation they are currently experiencing.

Once they open their eyes and realize the process/state is nothing to be scared of, their fear of the unknown is now gone and their trust in me as the hypnotist is now stronger.

At this point, I’ve just conditioned them to understand that the word “Sleep” is their signal to allow themselves to re-enter hypnosis by completely mentally and physically relaxing themselves.

Due to having a trigger word, it doesn’t really matter what induction you use moving forward.




You will want to have made sure by this point (as described in HypnoKick’s Training Manual), that the induction you use won’t harm them in any way.

As mentioned in our manual, there are safety precautions that should be taken to ensure you stay out of legal trouble.

If, however, you’re a trained professional (preferably via a mentor), there are exceptions. Lets say your volunteer has no psychological issues but has arthritis, you’ll want to avoid any rapid/snap/jolting inductions. Instead, consider a simplistic word-of-mouth induction.

One thing to keep in mind is that while the induction may be theatrical and provoke awesome reactions from an audience, the process of hypnotizing ultimately comes down to guiding your volunteers through their own minds via your words.

If they have no issues, you’ve already induced them once & the time/situation/venue is appropriate, you have a plethora of induction options.

Whether you choose the Jedi Wave, Sleep Powder, Finger Snap, Zap, Handshake Interrupt, Forehead Tap, No Touch, etc, they’ll already be psychologically conditioned to re-enter hypnosis the moment you say sleep or finish the physical induction (if you have verbally linked it to the same result as the word “sleep).


This week’s video demonstrates the psychology behind hypnotic inductions…



After your first (conditioning) hypnotic induction, it comes down to your personal creativity and preferences that ultimately determine what inductions you can use next.

One thing I found when starting my career was that many hypnotists simply induced volunteers as a way to segue to the next part of their show. That’s why I do my best to mix up my inductions (and even given them time in the spotlight) as my show progresses.

Some of the inductions in HypnoKick’s Stage Hypnosis Trainings where based off experiences of when I was practicing hypnosis, noticed something I could turn into an induction, tested it & it worked. Don’t be afraid to get creative and become your own “hypnotic scientist” (while keep volunteers’ safety in mind of course).

As always, if you’re ready to jump into learning basic hypnosis/ street hypnosis/ hypnotherapy or stage hypnosis from the comfort of your home at your own pace, HypnoKick has you covered:  CLICK HERE!

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