With a little practice and some simple techniques, you can amuse your friends or help them break a habit through hypnosis.
Step 1: Research Do research and read up on hypnosis. Responsible conduct is essential when your subject is placing their trust in you.
Step 2: Communicate your intentions Begin by communicating your intentions to your subject, and learn their anxieties about the process. Answer questions and reassure them that they will emerge from the trance.
Step 3: Make them comfortable Encourage your subject to sit or lie down and be comfortable. Guide them in relaxing parts of their body. Use a soothing voice and be sure they are unconscious and ready to submit to suggestion.
TIP: This may not work if someone is not inclined to respond to suggestion or so tense they are unable to concentrate.
Step 4: Reinforce their safety Reinforce your subject’s safety and comfort repeatedly with positive phrases like, "You’re doing just fine," and "That’s great. Just relax."
Step 5: Note changes in breathing Note changes in breathing or fluttering eyelids as signs that the person has gone under. Sometimes the limbs or fingers twitch.
Step 6: Ask questions Ask questions, adhering to the goal of the session.
TIP: Hypnosis can be used to manage pain, relieve anxiety, conquer phobias, prepare for childbirth, and cure insomnia, among other things.
Step 7: Bring them back Return your subject to consciousness by counting to five, becoming more animated with every number, until you direct them to wake, "feeling refreshed."
FACT: The term "hypnosis" was coined by James Braid in 1843 to describe the state his patients entered when staring at a shiny watch.