- Jan 2014
My uncle went to a hypnotist to quit smoking cigs (he was a bad chain smoker) and it actually worked... for a while.
Hypnotism is not even remotely what folks tend to think it is. It is literally nothing moe than acting under suggestion. The submission to another's expressed will.Has anyone on Historum ever been hypnotised or hypnotised anyone else? Does anyone know if it's definitely real and how easy is it to do?
If it was real then surely it could be used against terrorists or criminals?
I'm quite interested in learning hypnotism, there's so many things I could do!
Hypnotism is not even remotely what folks tend to think it is. It is literally nothing moe than acting under suggestion. The submission to another's expressed will.
People can be grouped into three broad categories. The suggestible. The Anti-suggestible, and the non-suggestible.
Of these categories, the Non-suggestible are the people who can not be hypnotized... They simply do not pay any attention to suggestion. They are the only true free agents in human society.
The anti-suggestible are odd ducks, because they recognize when others are trying to press their will upon them, but rather than just ignoring the suggestion... they react to perceived suggestion by doing the diametrical opposite.
In this sense, they are not true free agents, because they are still being steered by suggestion... reacting as if the attempt to manipulate them was the most important thing to oppose... rather than considering the suggestion freely and choosing based upon the suggestions actual merits to them.
And the suggestible are the vast majority of people. They range from readily suggestible to resistant- and any individual can also swing from readily to resistant in the course of a day- or weeks.
Hypnotism can not recover memories. It can not give you super strength. It can not make you break a bad habit.
And the sad truth is, that the vast majority of people, the vast majority of the time BEHAVE precisely as if they are acting under suggestion.
Drive on any highway in the rush hour and the fact that no-one is using the shoulder to move ahead? THAT is acting under suggestion...
Frederick Pohl wrote a sci fi novel called the cool war- about advertising and hypnosis in which he recounts as part of the narrative something that he actually experienced.
He was at the after party from a Vegas show in which a 'hypnotist' had hypnotized a bunch of audience members- tapping out those that did not get hypnotized, and putting the remainder thru a bunch of silly stunts.
AT the party- someone asked the hypnotist where he got his qualifications... where he learned to hypnotize.
And he said- Nowhere- I have no qualifications, and never 'learned' to hypnotize.
And the people standing there were shocked and said 'then its all just a trick!?"
to which he replied... "Here's the thing... All I know is that if I start the act with enough people on stage...that I will Always end up with half a dozen who will do everything and anything i tell them to do...
so you tell me, Are they hypnotized?"
And the answer is that- yes they are- because the only definition of being hypnotized is that you follow suggestion.
Hypnotism is nothing but surrendering your will to someone else- be that a therapist- or a fast food commercial that gets you to buy a burger.
Oh- and that whole thing about "not remembering" anything when you 'wake up" yeah- that's horse puckey.
The subject is simply agreeing to pretend they don't remember.
Earl ... "there's so many things I could do!" The Self, the "I", craves power, and power magnifies the "I" and a seemingly endless chain of effects all leading to suffering. I know your intentions are "pure" and you would like to transform the world into a better place. Good intentions aren't enough. The world is a complex fabric, and we see/know so little of it that error is almost a given. Let the world tend to its own bruises and warts for a little longer whilst you weed your own garden. Put your attention on living in such a way as to mitigate the suffering that you do. We complain of the lack of civility in modern intercourse, but we can't control the way others think, or speak, or behave. We do, however have the potential of controlling ourselves. It seems easy, but it is not.
BTW, we may not be able to visit this May, but this visit is among our highest priorities. Even if we get there, we won't be able to stop in Rochester to see you. We will be in Canterbury from the evening of the 18th until sometime in the morning?? of the 20th when we go up to London for two days. From London the plan is to ride Britrail up to Berwick-on-Tweed and Stirling before taking the train down to Liverpool for a flight back to Shannon, Ireland. Given Natalie's problems, we may have to cut entirely the Scottish leg of the trip. Can we get refunds on BritRail Passes? Oh well...
The trick is, of course, not actually hypnotism but it's a device used by a stage hypnotist to weed out people whop are not susceptible.Naomasa, yes, your trick worked on me. Could you explain?
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