According to scientific research and experimentation, nearly everyone can be hypnotised otherwise we couldn’t learn or advertising wouldn’t work. Even animals can be hypnotised. See here to watch a chicken being hypnotised.
A ground-breaking experiment that emerged in the New York Times which has further validated the success and effectiveness of hypnosis through the application of the “Stroop Effect”. In this test the subject reads aloud the colour of the words but not the text. Try it here:
The task is easy when the words are in a foreign language, but almost impossible in the subjects native language. However, with a post-hypnotic suggestion, subjects were able to do this test effortlessly. This experiment has proved that hypnosis can truly alter the perception and cognitive abilities of an individual, and the results have provided sound biological evidence using technical procedures such as fMRI brain scans and visual tests. The fMRI revealed that the subject perceived the words to be in a foreign language and the brain actually processed them as if they were.
So, what is hypnosis really?
According to psychologists and scientific evidence, hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. Consciousness can also be altered using meditation, hallucinogenic drugs and psychosis. However, because there is no concrete interpretation of consciousness, it is not very well understood.
However, most psychologists have agreed to term hypnosis as “suggestibility”. This suggestible state is demonstrated in advertisements, religious cults, and the placebo effect.
So, we can say that while hypnosis is not a magical force, it is just the strategic manipulation of attention and linguistics which leads to the alteration of cognitive perceptions, beliefs, behaviours and actions.
Hypnosis can be understood by dividing it into three essential steps:
- The course of concentration
- Unconventional language of communication
- Assessment and testing
The course of concentration serves to determine what the individual is to perceive. While unconventional language serves to distract consciousness and understanding. Assessments include task that demonstrate that the subject has been hypnotised and now lacks control and direction. For instance, the hypnotist can make you believe that you won millions of dollars in the lotto and you can see them react accordingly.
Even though the general belief is that it is hard to make humans act against their will, hypnosis has the ability to make subjects not see objects, perceive different colours, become unaware of pain and forget words.
Even with all the above evidence people will still be sceptical about hypnosis. I hear it all the time before my shows. Then after they have seen my show their opinion is changed because either they got hypnotised or they saw their friend on stage. But as my mentor Justin Tranz says “For those of you that believe no explanation is really necessary. But for those of you who do not believe there is no explanation that I could give you, that would ever be good enough.”
Many operations have been successfully carried out recently where hypnosis has replaced general anaesthetic. In 2013, a hypnotist by the name of Alex Lenkei put himself into a trance while a surgeon sawed through his ankle. He mentions his pain control techniques are better than any anaesthetic, and he recovers quicker from operations because his body doesn’t have to deal with the drugs.
In fact, back in the 1830s an English surgeon by the name of John Elliotson performed nearly 2000 surgeries using hypnosis to manage pain.
More and more people in the Europe and the UK are opting to using hypnosis instead of general anaesthetic. Which also benefits the hospital, as it costs less money to treat the patient as no sedatives are required.
Derren Brown has done a number of demonstrations on his TV specials showing the power of hypnosis for pain control.
In the first video he hypnotises a guy to make his hand go numb. Then proceeds to stick a needle through the skin on the back of his hand to show that he can’t feel anything.
In the second video he hypnotises a guy into feeling no pain while he submerges his body into an ice bath that drops to a temperature of 1.4C.
Back in August 2015 the Ashley Madison website was hacked and the details of it's users were released online.
So I did a bit of statistical analysis on each city and worked out the percentage of users per population.
And I've uncovered a disturbing trend for some major Australian cities. (see table below)
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Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne take out 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. Significantly higher than some of the major cities around the world (except Calgary) and even more than Sin City (Las Vegas) itself.
So now the question begs why are there so many Australian men prepared to have affairs with married women? (Gizmodo.com has reported almost none of the "women" on the site were real)
It could be:
He doesn't feel appreciated in his current relationship?
He is immature and thinks he can get away with it?
He is insecure and the affair makes him feel good?
He has past trauma issues such as physical abuse, neglect or sexual abuse?
I guess there could be many, many reasons for men cheating, but the point of this blog is not to point fingers or place blame.
It's merely to present my findings, all relationships are complex changing environments which both parties are responsible for maintaining to a healthy level.
And in my humble opinion the best way to maintain a healthy relationship is to work on yourself first so you are not bringing fears or past traumas into the relationship.
Hypnotherapy can be a great way to clear these fears and past traumas.
Contact Dion now to help your relationship problems.
Hello Lovers. Valentine's Day is almost upon us. So traditionally this the day we express our love to our partners. Some people say the day has become too commercial. While others mention you should be expressing love to your partner every day.
Regardless of your opinion I think we can all agree love is important in everyone's life.
Well last year I expressed my love to the people of Brisbane by doing a bit of busking and hypnotising some people.
My team shown below were there to capture some video and interview me about hypnosis. (I will release some new video soon)
And as part of the day I helped break a Guinness World Record by participating in the world's largest simultaneous busk.
Let me tell you it was very noisy and challenging for a hypnotist, but it was a lot of fun.
Check out the video of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFfNwXxqfG8&list=WL&index=12
I also hypnotised Aphrodite from Love TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqZApTqFWKw&list=WL&index=13 See me at 2:56