#1 Posted by Commando (1878 posts) -

I was just watching the Mythbusters "Mind Control" episode, and for some reason it reminded me of the time I was almost hypnotized.

When I graduated high school a little over a year ago, the parents hosted a graduation party. They hired a hypnotist to come and make us do funny things. I was one of the 20ish people who was chosen to be hypnotized. He made us stare at this glowing electricity ball and we were supposed to listen to his commands. After a while we were supposed to lose consciousness and continue obeying him. 
Well, he somehow noticed me and about 3 other people weren't being hypnotized and made us get off the stage. It's not that I was resisting or anything, I was just still fully aware of what was going on. The other people did some stupid funny things and claim they don't remember any of it. 

So what's it like being hypnotized? Does anyone know why some people can't be hypnotized? I just don't see how anyone could lose consciousness like that. I was a believer before someone tried to hypnotize me, but now I just don't believe it can happen.
#2 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

I don't believe it can happen.

#3 Posted by lemon360 (1102 posts) -

if i could hypnotize i wouldn't be performing shows. i'd pull a yuris revenge

#4 Posted by killdave (1073 posts) -

I was hypnotized once ... and woke up with a sore arse :(

#5 Posted by oldschool (7264 posts) -

We had a hypnotist at a annual company conference this year and some of the things people did were just embarrassingly ludicrous.  ABout 50% of the volunteers were "hypnotised".  I couldn't be hypnotised because I refuse to believe it is real, so I wouldn't take it seriously.  I seriously doubt that those who were hypnotised were really hypnotised anyway.  I think people want it to happen and just simply go along with it in some way.

#6 Posted by _Phara0h_ (889 posts) -
@CL60 said:
" I don't believe it can happen. "
Then you can't be hypnotized. It's like Voodoo...
#7 Posted by papercut (3449 posts) -
Hello, I'm Hugh Bliss!
#8 Posted by Meowayne (6084 posts) -

Stage hypnosis is a myth, everyone. It does not happen, ever. Stage hypnosis relies on the mighty power of peer pressure and self-deception.

#9 Posted by Farmer (328 posts) -
@lemon360:
That, my good man, is a worthy cause
#10 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@Meowayne said:
" Stage hypnosis is a myth, everyone. It does not happen, ever. Stage hypnosis relies on the mighty power of peer pressure and self-deception. "
This.
#11 Posted by oldschool (7264 posts) -
@CL60 said:
" @Meowayne said:
" Stage hypnosis is a myth, everyone. It does not happen, ever. Stage hypnosis relies on the mighty power of peer pressure and self-deception. "
This. "
Which was also my point:
I seriously doubt that those who were hypnotised were really hypnotised anyway.  I think people want it to happen and just simply go along with it in some way.
I will always be a sceptic.
#12 Posted by tekmojo (2299 posts) -

It's bullshit. But it's funny when disfunctional people tell stories about having been hynoptized, I just laugh along, but inside I'm laughing at them.

#13 Posted by _Phara0h_ (889 posts) -

The hole point of Hypnotism is getting peoples their guard down and so relaxed that they switch off the rational part of the brain. Now he is talking to your unconscious or more the creative part of your brain. Then he gives commands so your creative part of the brain can do something with and you will fallow. The problem with hypnotism is that it depends on how creative you are, you lack imagination or your rational mind is just to strong then it wont work.

@oldschool said:

 I think people want it to happen and just simply go along with it in some way. "
Your right in saying that it's your rational part of the brain that is a sleep so that part of the brain is your police man but he is never fully a sleep because you couldn't tell a person in a hypnotic state to kill some one, without making a elaborate illusion of danger. What I'm trying to say it's all about boundaries and not able to see them, but some boundaries are set.

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#15 Posted by Drebin_893 (2902 posts) -

I remember that episode, it was properly phenomenal.

#16 Posted by dbz1995 (4790 posts) -

My mind has been blown.

#17 Posted by JacobBrodersen (316 posts) -

Back in primary school we had a hypnotist come and perform, and I got picked to get hypnotised, and he simply couldn't get it to work with me, I just sat there, whatever he did nothing happened, so after a couple of minutes he gave up and sent me back, after that everyone lost interest in him because everyone stopped believing in him :P

#18 Posted by ArchScabby (5809 posts) -

your all idiots, people can actually be hypnotized.  In my high school AP Psychology class they would bring in a hypnotist to hypnotise people in the class.  To get hypnotized you have to be willing to let it happen.  It's not like the movies, you can't hypnotize anyone who doesn't want to be hypnotized.  But if you're willing to let it happen then it will.

wow, I never thought I would say the word hypnotist so much in 5 sentences.

#19 Edited by NoDeath (798 posts) -
@Red12b said:
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I think if I made my career around cars and realised I suddenly couldn't drive one, I would be WAY more freaked out than he was.
#20 Edited by Hamst3r (4452 posts) -

Hypnotism is definitely real, but it requires a willing mind. If you're not going to give in, it's not going to happen.

Focus plays a key role in hypnosis. Have you ever been so fixated on a task that you don't notice what's happening around you? For instance, playing a video game and not noticing someone walk in the room.

Inhibition is the other key to hypnosis. We analyze, hesitate and rationalize our actions. "Should I really do this? Probably not. I could get hurt." If this thought process was bypassed, you could accept something without thinking it over.

Suggestion is the final key, which only works when the hypnotist has your absolute focus to bypass any inhibition you might have against the suggestion. That's all it is and it does in fact work. It's really simple and actually quite logical.

A simple example of a hypnotic suggestion that could work: A person with a fear of swimming could be hypnotized to no longer have that fear. The fear happens when they think about all the ways they could die in the water. If they were to be hypnotized, being absolutely focused and willing to accept the suggestion that it's impossible for them to die in water, when they are awakened from the trance they would have no fear swimming. The suggestion has bypassed all of their mental barriers and is now deeply ingrained in their mind as the truth.

To the first person that says, "that sounds like brainwashing", well duh. :P

#21 Posted by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -

no, but if i ever do get hypnotized, i hope something like this happens to me. 

  

#22 Posted by OutOfBounds9000 (2300 posts) -

Its real,but i have not.

#23 Posted by slinky6 (567 posts) -

If it requires a "willing mind," then it's not real.   It's people deluding themselves.   Here's a hint: you know for sure something's bullshit when part of the requirements for it working is "believing really hard."   That's fairytale shit and it's appalling how many adults buy into it.

#24 Posted by JonChase (1 posts) -
Hypnosis obviously exists, people experience it. It doesn't exist in the way a brick or a computer does it exists in the way any mental state and process does.
 
Hypnosis does not reqiure willing particiapation. It actually doesn't require voluntary or deliberate participation at all.
 
Not everyone can be hypnotised in exactly the same way that not everyone can hear when they are out of tune or have the balance to wire walk between the sides of the grand canyon. 
 
There really are a load of myths about the subject and I've been working in this field now for three decades and still less is known about this state and process than is known about Yak farming.
 
Guess we hypnotists need to improve our marketing.
 
 Jonathan Chase - hypnotist
#25 Posted by Smarter_Martyr (591 posts) -
@TwoOneFive: That's a wicked video. I'd be scared shitless too.
#26 Posted by Delta_Ass (3255 posts) -

Just once. Megan Fox over the hood in Transformers.

#27 Posted by Jimbo (9773 posts) -
@Delta_Ass said:
" Just once. Megan Fox over the hood in Transformers. "

#28 Posted by crusader8463 (14412 posts) -