Conversational hypnosis breaks through mental barriers by overcoming a persons “BS detector” or by grabbing their attention so completely that their focus remains on the source of their attention. Kevin Hogan, expert hypnotist demonstrates this effective technique in the article below with his story about the cover of Cosmo in the airport.
“Seduction can be defined in one of three ways. Seduction can be used to lead someone astray from their principles, much like Darth Vader attempted to do to young Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. I’m not too big on revealing secrets on how to win converts to the dark side….”
“Seduction can also refer to inducing or tempting someone to have sex, much like Delilah did to Samson in The Bible. This area of seduction is certainly more interesting and playful than leading someone astray from their core values…but still not really where my core interest lies.”
“No, the seduction I refer to in The Art of Hypnotic Seduction is the inducement and enticement to win over someone to your side…or to your point of view. But what about the “hypnotic” part?”
“Hypnosis can be defined as a “narrowing focus of attention” or “resonating with the anti-suggestive barrier of the mind.” In the first case, a narrowing focus of attention, I think of walking through the airport today and seeing Carmen (Electra) on the cover of Stuff magazine.”
“I walked into Simply Books to find the August issue of Cosmo (they interviewed me for this months issue) but my mind totally spaced the world out as my mind was captured by Carmen on the cover of Stuff. (Carmen stars on a TV show called Living Large…something I’ve never seen or heard of but I will check it out…) I was literally hypnotized by the cover of Stuff magazine. Who was on Time? Newsweek? Good Housekeeping? Sports Illustrated? Business Week? Yahoo? Money? …I have no clue.”
“No one who walked into Simply Books did. It was just you and Carmen right there at the check out counter. I walked over to Carmen and picked her up. There was a little “tag” above her shoulder on the right side of the magazine that said, “Unfold for More”. So, I did, opening the magazine to see a Carmen with even fewer square inches of garment on than the cover boasted. In the upper right hand corner it said, “Stop staring and buy the magazine.”
“It was absolutely brilliant. I almost took it to the checkout counter when I remembered that I subscribed and I thought it would be nice to have it in the mailbox today. That’s the hypnotic power of magazine cover…not a real, living, breathing…person… That’s hypnosis.”
“Hypnosis is all about narrowing another person or group of people’s attention to where what you are saying is the only thing they are paying attention to and then when you give the suggestion to “stop staring and buy the magazine,” they do so.”
Breaking Through the Barrier
“Hypnosis is also about resonating with the antisuggestive barrier of the mind. Each person has a metaphorical “mechanism in the mind” that “protects” the mind from all that might be bad for them. My antisuggestive barrier instantly filters out telemarketers, stock brokers, television preachers, anyone who knocks on my front door, and hundreds of other stimuli.”
“In other words, there is a “wall” in my mind that is very tall…a “BS detector” that goes off like a fog horn when I see, feel or hear anything that my BS detector has coded as EVIL. (The BS detector of course is often wrong…it’s just a detector like the ones at the airport. It’s a warning device that there MIGHT be something wrong here…but certainly not always.”
“If you can make it past my BS detector without setting it off, you will have my full attention and it will not likely be diverted anywhere else.) That’s hypnosis, too. When the BS detector says, “I like this guy,” I might just filter out the rest of the world and you will have my complete and undivided attention.”
There is no doubt that conversational hypnosis works by breaking through mental barriers. We all use our brain to automatically filter out what we don’t care about or are not interested in. When conversational hypnosis is used correctly it bypasses that filter and gets the person to focus on whatever you want them to.
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