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Hypnosis

A subset of mental play, Hypnosis leverages different techniques to achieve sensations and behaviors within the recipient controlled by the person applying the hypnosis-techniques.

With different types of hypnosis comes also different kinds of play and different kinds of connections. Most kinds of hypnosis play use imprinting techniques to condition a subject into being susceptible to suggestions. These can range from certain trigger words resulting in sensations or emotions for the subject and inducing a trance in the subject. Hypnosis can therefore be used for a wide range of things including fear play, sensation play, Bondage and Submission.

In some ways Hypnosis can be very similar to or connected with Energy Play as it uses common techniques to achieve certain things.

Hypnotic Induction and Consent

Everyone CAN go into trance. We all do it, all the time. A hypnotic trance is a state of focused attention. It is similar to being "off with the fairies/glazed over/zoned out/in the zone". The state of mind you can experience in trance is similar to what you might get during the last 10 minutes of a yoga class when you're relaxing and the instructor is talking and guiding you into a deeply relaxed state that's like sleep but not sleep.

The state of trance is different for different people on different days. It is not a singular experience that every experiences the same way. Think of it as a whole range of possibility. At one end of that range is a 'light trance' where you're calm and relaxed but can hear everything the hypnotist says, there can be an awareness of the wider environment as well as an awareness of the inner environment (like thoughts and feelings).

At the other end of the scale is a 'deep trance' where the subject is off with the fairies. In this state they may have no awareness of what is being said or how they feel or what they think. They may look like they are asleep but while being in a deep trance trance looks like sleep they are two very different and distinct states.

For hypnotic suggestions to have the desired effect it is not always essential to be in any particular depth of trance. Certain depths may make it easier or harder for certain techniques to be used effectively but everyone is different and what might be ideal for one person may not be for another.

For hypnosis to work it needs many variables lining up. It will have to be someone the hypnotic subject is happy and comfortable with, the hypnotist will need to be able to talk in the right way and use the right words which have been calibrated to the hypnotic subject, it will need to be the right time and the right location. These are the main variables but there are others that could have an impact on the success of the session. If all the variables align then there is the potential for a great experience.

An inexperienced hypnotist will often blame their subject if trance doesn't happen. A poor workman always blames his tools!

The enthusiastic participation and consent of the subject is a decisive factor in the process. There is a misconception that you can't be hypnotised against your will. That is true if you know you are being hypnotised but if you don't know you are being hypnotised it is hard to resist if someone is using 'conversational hypnosis'. Many of the language patterns used in conversational hypnosis are also used in the advertising and marketing industries and for good reason. Language can be very persuasive and you don't have to be in a stereotypical hypnotic trance in order to be persuaded into doing something that you might not otherwise do.

Depending on how good the hypnotist is, how suggestible the hypnotic subject is, what suggestions they are given the subject may be able to withdraw consent part way through a session or they may not. A good hypnotist will ensure that the subject has a get out of jail free card when it comes to any part of the session they might be struggling with and so they can withdraw consent if they wish. It is therefore important to have a very extensive consent conversation before beginning any form of induction with hypnosis.

Often the moment a subject stops wanting something, everything in that hypnotic state is broken and no longer ‘works’.

For some people though there is a risk that, once the conditioning is in place, they will be more susceptible to suggestions and may become non-verbal or otherwise unable to easily withdraw consent. It is therefore important to have a very extensive consent conversation before beginning any form of induction with hypnosis.

Many subjects may find it helpful to practice meditation first as the feeling is very similar to hypnosis (except with a person controlling them).

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