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Can Hypnosis Force Someone to Act against Their Will?

Learn if hypnosis can hypnotize people into doing something they don't want to do from clinical hypnotherapist Debbie Catz in this Howcast video.


"Hi, I'm Debbie Catz. I'm a certified clinical hypnotherapist here in the San Francisco Bay area. I have a masters degree in social work. To learn more about this you can visit my website at And now I'm going to help you understand the simplicity of hypnosis.
So can hypnosis hypnotize someone into doing something they don't want to do?

No. Hypnosis is basically a deep state of relaxation, and it's natural way that we are, ah many times during the day in our, in our average lives, and so I'm going to show you a little brain wave chart here, that will help you understand that. So when we are in a waking state and we are talking or working we are in the beta state, and, that's, we can see inside the brain now with medical technology, and that's the quick, um, brain wave you can see it's going very quickly. And then when we go home and sit down and maybe start to read a book, or listen to some quiet music, we move into the alpha state where the brain wave begins to slow down.

And then when you crawl into bed at night and start to drift off to sleep you're in the theta state, that's hypnosis right here, the theta state. So if you've ever almost been asleep, and you feel yourself falling, and you jerk you wake yourself up, you're in the theta state, you've been in hypnosis, so you weren't asleep yet. And then you drift off to sleep.

So here you're in hypnosis on the way to sleep, and then when you're waking up in the morning, if you're lucky and don't have to wake up to an alarm clock. You start to come back, and ya know you're kinda aware that you're coming back but you're not completely back yet. Again you're going back through hypnosis, and coming back up, to the waking state.

So lets talk a for moment about, um, stage hypnosis, what kinda looks like the hypnotist is doing that to people, and what the hypnotist is doing is actually, ah, assessing people and he is doing suggestibility tests, they're really seeing who is the most suggestible. And so those people who are on stage who are deemed to be the most suggestible, are people who want to have fun and, sometimes they don't mind making a fool of themselves and being silly and so those are the ones that selected to do a stage hypnosis show. So again it's a willingness, it's all self hypnosis, so nobody can make you do anything you don't want to do. Because the subconscious mind won't allow it to happen unless you want it to. "

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