What Is The Hidden Observer?

The subconscious mind is sometimes referred to as “the hidden observer.” Karl Pribram once stated that you could only attend to 7 plus-minus two things consciously at the time. Your subconscious mind listens to everything else. When you are in a crowd talking to someone and suddenly hear someone say your name, you will immediately … Read more

What Is The Difference Between Hypnosis And Hypnotherapy?

Classical hypnosis was based heavily on hypnotic suggestions, where the hypnotist “convinces” the unconscious mind by direction and repetition to change the behavior to the one desired by the client. These suggestions could be something like this “You are a non-smoker,” “You do not crave cigarettes,” “You are happy about your decision to quit smoking.” … Read more

Does Hypnosis Actually Work?

This is a hilarious question, and my guess about its origin is that it’s based on a perception of hypnosis like it’s presented in cartoons. When hypnosis is used in comics, it enables the “hypnotist” to control the subject. If you think that when hypnosis is “working,” you have total control over an individual, you … Read more

Is A Deep Monotone Voice A Sign Of A Good Hypnotist?

If the path to the hypnotic was through boredom, I guess a deep monotone voice would be preferred. I think that Ernest Hilgard is responsible for this myth because he was a prominent researcher applying scientific principles to the field of hypnotism. Unfortunately for Ernest Hilgard, he chose to hypnotize people with an induction tape, … Read more

What Is The Subconscious Mind?

You will see the words several times when you read about hypnosis: the subconscious mind is also called the unconscious mind. There have also been several different interpretations of what this “unconscious mind” is. In recent times Richard Bandler of NLP has coined the term with the meaning of “Whatever we aren’t conscious of at … Read more

Am I Sleeping When I’m Hypnotized?

Even though you may have heard a hypnotist say the word “Sleep” to induce the hypnotic trance, the state of hypnosis is not quite the same as sleeping. Hypnosis is most similar to the state you are in right before you wake up and right before you fall asleep. This is also a good description … Read more

What Is Mesmerism?

Mesmerism is essentially the same as hypnosis; the word mesmerism is just a lot older than hypnosis and was packed with substantial misconceptions when it was used, which was the reason to change it. Mesmerism comes from the last name of Franz Anton Mesmer; he was the first to practice what we would call hypnosis … Read more