Section 1: Skeptics
The short answer is you can still hypnotize skeptics. After all, they’re human just like you and I.
Speaking from listening to them in person and reading their comments on the internet, skeptics seem to view hypnosis as a nonsensical comedy act.
Because of comedy stage hypnosis, they’re under the impression people are using the environment of stage hypnosis as an excuse to act out with few (if any/ repercussions).
As covered in past lessons, these individuals misunderstand what hypnosis actually is and how it works. Thanks to Hollywood as well as the rise in Stage Hypnotista and Hypnotherapists in the past decade, this is a commonality between certain lay people.
Growing up from as a professionally trained teenage Hypnotist, I used to become immediately defensive when people told me they couldn’t be hypnotized. While I wanted to prove them wrong to prove the power of their own minds to them.
Years later I’ve learned the following:
- Some will openly admit they don’t fully understand the topic and ask to be educated on it. This provides you a prime opportunity to use all your HypnoKick and experience-based knowledge to better educate them.
- Others will talk down to those interested in or expressing their positive experiences with hypnosis. These individuals are often ill-informed and likely someone that says they “can’t be hypnotized” because they have a “strong mind” or say they “can’t be controlled”. While this can become tiring (even obnoxious) to hear, remember to execute patience. Through my years of touring, learning and teaching hypnosis, I’ve found if you keep a calm demeanor while explaining whatever it is they’re downplaying, they have a greater sense of respect for you in the end. This is especially true if you’re able to read the situation and dictate what type of performance would best help them experience the very thing they’re downplaying. I’ve “converted” (informed/enlightened) many with this approach.
- Certain people may challenge you. While some may actually wish to experience it to report their personal experiences to their peers, others may just want to make you look bad. I’ve encountered both types of people. I’ve met people before and after shows who said they still weren’t sure what think or how to feel about hypnosis. If I hypnotized them then and their, they’d generally come out of the experience with a better understanding of it. If the person makes it clear they can’t be hypnotized and challenge you to try, you have two options. Option 1 is to either verbally (or literally) walk away from the situation. I may even say, “I’m not going to waste my time/energy on someone who’s actively looking to fight the experience in the hopes of ‘proving’ their point.” Option 2 is to perform any number of either suggestibility tests or pseudo hypnosis tricks. Personally, I enjoy the pseudo tricks. They can be easily framed to look like hypnosis without you having to worry that they’ll fail because they’re more mechanical than psychological (like actual hypnosis). You may, however, get lucky and find someone that starts off as a challenger that you verbally dismiss before becoming someone who genuinely wants you to try something. I personally experienced this scenario this past winter with an older gentleman after a corporate hypnosis show. After stealing his spotlight by telling him he was wasting my time, his mood and approach changed and eventually I gave him an actual demonstration. By the end of the evening he was smiling and thanking me. I understand, however, this won’t always be the case for you and that’s ok. Sometimes the most relieving part of an encounter like this is walking away without giving them the time of day.
While understanding how to navigate the above scenarios is nice, let’s jump into how you can hypnotize skeptics virtually.
Section 2: Hypnotizing
Part 1 (Elaboration): Remember, people fear/ wayes toon what they don’t understand. Remain calm, collected and understanding of their misunderstanding. People subconsciously click with those who can relate to their way of thinking/ doing things. Therefore, simply ask what about hypnosis the person seems to thinks is fake and what they’re personal experience with it (if any) has been. This will provide you with tremendous insight as to how and why they think about hypnosis they way they do. If someone told me they didn’t think hypnosis existed, I’d explain the basic history of hypnosis and include everyday examples of how we all experience it. If they thought people were acting, I’d explain the basic psychology behind the process of hypnosis and the difference between hypnosis and hypnotic phenomena. Maybe they believe I’m paying my volunteers off, I’d inform them how non-lucrative it would be for me financially to throw away whatever money I could make from a show on people willing to make me look good for the sake of entertaining an audience. Let’s say someone tried hypnotizing them in the past and it didn’t work for any number of reasons, that’s actually the case in this week’s video demonstration below. When I heard it I was immediately confident because our setting (a quiet virtual hypnosis show) was a prime environment for them to focus and relax in comparison to their previous experience (at a party). Once they have explained their thoughts on and experiences with hypnosis, you’ll be well equipped to prepare them for a quality experience.
Part 2 (Prepping): Ask your skeptic to find and sit or lay down comfortably in a quiet area that will remain undisturbed for the duration of your hypnosis session. Once they’ve done so, you can take them through the basic process of hypnosis as taught in HypnoKick’s “4 Steps To Hypnotize Anyone” book or the Virtual Hypnosis Training, both found one the training tab. The longer your induction and deepener, the better. The idea is to help them fully immerse themselves mentally and physically into relaxation. While Blake, the iffy skeptic in this week’s video demonstration, had already explained his failed past experience with hypnosis, it became obvious with minutes of inducing home with everyone else that he was very mentally and physically relaxed. To help ensure your skeptic receives a quality experience, you want to provide a long, calming and detailed induction/deepener. If they genuinely want the experience, it forces them to take time to focus on relaxing their mind and body as you instruct them to. In terms of comedy stage (or virtual) hypnosis, this process is important. While you may be able to get a somnambulist (easily hypnotized person) to go under in seconds using a street-style induction, a skeptic may require more effort. You have to be able to get the naturally in-tune minds on the same wave length as the skeptical minds. Playing some calming music (which is scientifically proven to help calm the mind) and guiding your skeptic through breathing techniques will help you bring them into a similar brainwave as a natural somnambulist. This entire process is conditioning their mind to readily accept the natural state of mental/ physical relaxation that is hypnosis. Whether or not it worked can be seen when you instruct them to wake up.
Part 3 (Changes): If they open their eyes and look like they just smoked a blunt, good news. If they’re eyes are only partial open or appear glazed over, good news. If they seem to move slower, good news. If they don’t speak with the same speed, in the same tone or with the same conviction they did before, good news. These are all examples of vocal and body language reading that signal they have been successfully hypnotized. Ask them how they feel mentally and physically in comparison to when you started. If they feel physically relaxed, calm, warm, cold, fuzzy and/or tingly, these are all normal responses to hypnosis. If they feel mentally peaceful, at ease and/or quiet, these are also perfect signs that they’ve been hypnotized. Listen to their responses and walk them through the meaning of these physiological and vocal changes. Enlighten them as to the meaning of what they’re experiencing and how that basic demonstration of relaxation was, in itself, hypnosis. It’s not uncommon for people to misinterpret hypnosis for hypnotic phenomena. Congratulate them on their experience. If they simply wanted to see if they could be hypnotized, inform them they officially have been and ask if they’d like to end it there or try some other things. If they initially paid you for a virtual comedy hypnosis show, the way Blake did in the video demonstration below, proceed accordingly.
Part 4 (Re-induce): Assuming the skeptic wants some basic hypnotherapy or comedy hypnosis performed, simply re-induce them with your preferred induction. Considering you’ve already successfully hypnotized them, the re-induction should help them re-enter hypnosis quickly and efficiently. It is possible some people may be confused when you try to re-induce them. If that’s the case, simply instruct them to close their eyes and re-enter the same state of relaxation they were previously in. The more often you wake and re-induce them, the more conditioned they’ll become and the easier it will be to hypnotize them effortlessly as time goes on. At this point, you can proceed with the therapy or comedy session that was agreed upon.
This week’s video demonstration shows how I hypnotized an iffy skeptic during my first virtual hypnosis show…
Section 3: Conclusion
Skeptics are just people and people are easy to hypnotize. If the skeptic is being a pain, leave (or utilize the suggestibility test/ pseudo trick of your choice).
Fact is, a basic hypnosis demonstration isn’t difficult. You’re simply guiding someone through the power of their mind with your words. Of course, understanding exactly what to say, when and how (let alone the technology used to connect and say it), can be tricky. Luckily, you have access to a full Virtual Hypnosis Training that will teach you that and much more for less than any other Hypnotist is currently offering (simply visit the Members Area in the training tab).
Regardless of your goals with hypnosis & whether you’re a hobbyist or aspiring pro, HypnoKick can help you achieve them here 🙂