Hi, dear covert hypnosis enthusiast!
This is where you start your journey.
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Now that we have that out of the way, let’s examine some of the basics of covert hypnosis.
Covert Hypnosis Isn’t Like “Normal” Hypnosis
Covert hypnosis is just a name. Like Conversational hypnosis, stealth hypnosis, street hypnosis, subliminal hypnosis, and the list goes on.
This is the result of different people trying to make a name for themselves and inventing new, cool sounding names to lure in the audience.
Covert hypnosis has little to do with formal hypnosis, although some phenomena do coincide and some techniques were borrowed directly from hypnotherapy.
But, to me, covert hypnosis is mostly the skill of engaging your audience’s imagination and leading it towards your desired outcomes. It is mostly based on the indirect approach, although sometimes you’ll also be giving direct suggestions.
A covert hypnotist is to persuasion kind of like what Ninja was to fighting. He or she takes what works and puts it in his or her arsenal.
Why try to induce a trance through confusion and do a covert story to help someone, for example, to quit smoking, if you’re a person of authority (perhaps a doctor or a post-graduate student of Biomedicine) that they like and trust and you can simply cite some bad statistics and they will stop? If it works (and it has worked several times for me), why not use it?
All I had to do was say something like this:
“Did you know that if you smoke more than 6 cigarettes a day, you have more than 26% chances of developing lung cancer during your lifetime?
26%! That’s a lot, that’s almost 1/3 of a chance! If this doesn’t make you think, maybe the fact that lung cancer is only one of the problems you face. Your cardio-vascular system is at a HUGE risk. You’re far more likely to get a heart attack and you have about 2/3 of a chance of developing impotence (if you’re a man).
It doesn’t stop there, you’re also at a huge risk of developing gastro-intestinal problems with severe stomach aches, disgusting diets and all-round discomfort.
Then there’s the problem of your skin getting all wrinkled and making you look at least 10 years older.”
Some of my friends put the cigarettes away immediately, some took some time, but a vast majority stopped smoking and they were long-time heavy smokers.
I did none of the fancy stuff. It was an accident actually and it happened on a beautiful spring day at my friends birthday party. We were gathered around the table outside. Most people were smoking and my friend’s father suddenly asked me a question: “You’re in the medical field, tell me, what are the chances of getting lung cancer if you smoke?”
Back then I said:”Well, I don’t know the exact percentages, but it’s something pretty bad, actually. It something to the tone of 7% in your lifetime”.
He replied:”7%?! That’s a lot! I thought it was more like 0.7%”
I said:”No, unfortunately it’s about 7%”
All of the sudden everybody started to look very worried. Two out of 5 friends immediately put out their cigarette (even though they were only about 1/3 finished) and the rest put them out at the end but didn’t light up almost all day.
Later I went on-line and did some actual scientific research and was shocked that the percentages I was talking about apply for medically defined “light smokers”, which means less 6 or less cigarettes a day.
For those that do more than that, the percentage goes up exponentially. In one Canadian study they found out that the percentage was about 26%.
Next time I saw my friends, I told them about this study and this sealed the deal. Two out of five stopped smoking completely (more than 6 months now), one stopped for a month but begun again, one started smoking far less than before and one unfortunately didn’t stop at all.
This was done purely by the power of authority.
No language patterns, no trance inductions, no embedded commands.
Just authority, rapport and some disturbing scientific data.
Probably the fact that I was talking to my friend’s father and not the smokers directly played an important role, too. The message wasn’t presented directly to the intended listeners, but rather to a third party with them listening in on the conversation. This is also an important technique we use in covert hypnosis.
Covert Hypnosis Engages The Imagination
We have a lot of clever techniques to quickly engage the imagination of our subjects.
One such way is using the so called “sneak phrases” (“Imagine”, “Have you ever”, “You know when” and so on).
Imagination is the highway to the unconscious. Once you capture someone’s imagination and begin to lead it, there’s very little that person won’t do as you suggest.
I’m sure you can think of a few instances where this could come in handy…
For example, trying to sell something to your client. Get them to imagine owning your product, add good feelings to the experience, maybe add some bad feelings in case they don’t use your product and – kaboom! – the sale is imminent.
Wouldn’t you like to have a skill like this at your disposal? To easily get people to do what you want?
Would you use this skill all the time or just when you really, really wanted that special someone to do something you’d like?
Covert hypnosis is one of the core skills every person should learn if they want to be really successful.
And you’re on your way now. Take some time to absorb the content of this post you just read because it contains some really mind-opening ideas and useful mind-changing techniques.
We’ll get more in detail about the techniques in later posts. For now just try to think of three things that make your imagination flow.
Is it when you hear a good story? Is it when you read a good book? Maybe when you daydream and vividly imagine yourself effortlessly using covert hypnosis and getting what you want from your friends, boss, clients, special someone or anyone else. Feels good, doesn’t it?
Enjoy your exploration of the world of covert hypnosis!
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