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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

25 and more techniques to hypnotize someone

25 and more techniques to hypnotize someone

This time in the Talk category session I will discuss about 25 and more techniques to hypnotize someone.

The first step in hypnosis is about hypnotic induction which is the process used by hypnotists to put their patients in a state where they are more open to suggestion (called a trance).

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Here are some types of induction that I have summarized in a simple way so that you can learn them easily:

Relaxation techniques

Why do therapists always say “make yourself comfortable” and provide a comfortable couch or chair to lie on? Know it's more than just a facility.

Relaxation is a common method used by therapists and a basic hypnosis technique for beginners. When patients relax, they will enter a trance state and their minds will be open to various suggestions.

Then they will feel comfortable communicating with you and open to indirect suggestions. There are several common methods used to relax:

"Make yourself comfortable....."
"Lie down...."
"Regular breath...."
"Relax muscles...."

Handshake technique

The handshake is the most common gesture of every greeting in our society. A handshake will shock your subconscious by disturbing general social norms. Instead of the usual handshake, the practitioner will break the pattern your mind has formed by grasping the wrist or pulling the subject forward until they lose their balance. With this broken pattern, the subject's subconscious will suddenly open to get suggestions.

Eye signal

There are two sides of our brain, the right regulates creativity and the conscious mind, then the left regulates the practical and the subconscious.

In every conversation we wait for a response from the listener to see if they react to our statement or not, then look the subject in the eye. Is he looking to the right, accessing his consciousness or left to his unconscious? Or is he glued to something in your room?

If they access their subconscious, you can make suggestions that they are not consciously aware of. Reading the subject's eye movements is a common case. But you know as a speaker, you can also induce listeners with the movement of your eyes.


Room visualization can be used both to induce trance and to provide suggestions. For example, ask your patient to remember a room they are very familiar with. Envision everything about the room, like the floor, the state of the windows, the painting assuming any, the smell, the lighting, and so forth.

Then move to a room they don't know very well. When they try to remember a room they don't clearly know, their minds are open to suggestions.

Hand levitation technique

With this classic Ericksonian technique, the subject will begin to close their eyes. He was told to feel the difference between his hands, then the hypnotherapist gave a suggestion as a sensation in each hand.

Example: They will say their hands are heavy or light, cold or hot. So the subject enters a trance state and raises their hand or suddenly believes in their mind that they have raised their hand, then the induction is successful.

Falling Back

Do this carefully, similar to the handshake technique, a startled person can trigger a trance state. I do not recommend the use of pain on the subject.

Another version uses the “trust fall” where this sensation of falling backwards will shock your system and make your mind immediately open to suggestions. However, this technique needs to pay extra attention to the subject.

Eye fixation

Have you ever failed to focus while talking to someone? For example, are you suddenly glued to something interesting in the room? You must have missed what that guy said, right? In this situation, you can say that you are in a trance.

Any focus object can be used to induce trance. The most popular example is the "swinging bag" although both are related to stage hockey hypnosis. You will most likely fail and face resistance using these items, due to their reputation.

However, there are two secrets behind eye fixation. First, the object that fills the conscious mind, opens the unconscious to suggestions. Second, your eyes get tired when they get glued or move back and forth.

Example: try looking up for a few minutes (without bending your neck). Your eyes will naturally feel tired and begin to close.

Body Scan

The technique for self-hypnosis beginnings with the chest area with your eyes shut, following gradually from head to toe.

Feel every sensation, the incoming breath feels widen the ribs. then lean back in the chair, each finger outstretched, feet on the floor. Repeat the process from the bottom up, keep looking over and down until you enter a deep state.

Countdown Breathing

You may have heard of meditation methods that control breathing. But it can also be a form of self-hypnosis. This technique works more or less like this:

“Close your eyes and sit comfortably. Your hands rest on your thighs, an than by taking a deep breath in through your nose and slowly exhaling through your mouth, and keep doing it like that, then you count down from 100, and last each exhaled breath counts as 1 interval"

When the counting is complete, you will be in a trance state. If not, calculate again from the beginning.

Hypnotic Suggestions

Suggestion is the behavior you want the subject to do. Post-hypnotic suggestions were given after the hypnotized subject entered a trance state. There are two groupings of these suggestions.

Erickson is the champion of indirect advice. It is a top pick of subliminal specialists since this strategy puts more control in the possession of the subject than the tyrant practitioner.

It Respects subject boundaries and clinical ethics. In addition, it has been shown to be more effective for trance-resistant or skeptical subjects. This is more than just a command for the subject to relax. Example: "You can close your eyes immediately when you feel a little comfortable and already at peace"

Direct Suggestion

In conversational hypnosis techniques you should know about direct suggestion techniques which are explicit orders to perform certain actions that can be done carefully. Instead of appearing powerful, it is sometimes considered unethical because as an expert you have complete power over the patient. Your patient cannot control the choice to change his behavior with this method.

The Stanford Prison Experiment is a well-known example of using authority, obedience, and direct advice to manipulate subjects. The following is an example of a direct suggestion image:

“You will fall asleep”
“You will quit smoking”
'You will lose your weight'.

Voice Intonation

The intonation of your voice can be useful when making suggestions and this method can be combined with other techniques.

“You will be willing to relax”

From the example above, the word "feel relaxed" you say softly and slightly lengthwise. On the other hand, you can make direct suggestions harder.

"You will quit smoking!"

Another proper pair of voice intonation is the confusion technique. The therapist may vary the intonation of voice from whispering to shouting or speaking in a different accent to confuse the subject.

Hypnotic Trigger

There are several forms of triggering hypnosis. Triggers remind the unconscious of a desired action or feeling that is suggested under the influence of hypnosis. Here's an example: Telling the patient to open his eyes, using the sound of the bell, using movements and the sound of snapping his fingers at the patient, positioning him in a standing or sitting position, telling the patient to open the door.

Here's how to trigger hypnosis that can be applied to people with agoraphobia: “When you open your door later, you will see how happy your family is and welcome you with great love”.

Nonverbal communication

From reading the subject's body language to delivering your own non-verbal suggestions. When the subject says something consciously, his subconscious can say something different. Here's an example:

Facial expressions, Posture, Intonation of voice, Pacing, Eye movements, Hands crossed, Nodding head Covers face.

Cold reading

You may have seen a mentalist doing "cold reading" on Television for entertainment purposes. Even if you get too direct on the subject, you might be able to use cold reading at parties or events. Here's how it works. For example, if the subject is not smiling, the practitioner may ask:

Q: "Are you sad?"
S: "yes." If he says no, ask a different cryptic thing.
Q: "Did you lose someone?"
S: “Yes! My cat died yesterday. How do you know?"

Warm reading

By reading warmly, you make a statement that matches anyone: “Later you will get a very good feeling like feeling very happy, cheerful and feeling something that you haven't felt when hanging out with your friends later”

Hot reading

The most difficult type, because you need to have in-depth knowledge of a person. Pretend that their family has contacted you and told you that the subject was involved in an event that traumatized him.

When you meet them, you should focus on using the Cause Regression Technique because you know deeply about their past.

The swish pattern

Neurolinguistic programming techniques used to connect or disconnect subjects from certain behaviors. The five human senses are considered modalities. Submodalities are part of these five senses. Here's an example of a Submodality:

Light or dark? Big or small? Color or black and white? Noisy or quiet?

The swish pattern starts with visualization. Once the subject goes into a trance, the practitioner will identify one or two Submodalities. The unwanted action is focused and bright in the foreground.

While the desired action is visualized as dim in the background. When you say "swish" the desired image quickly becomes bright and large in the subject's mind.


We often see misdirection used in real life. sometimes in everyday life. From politics to entertainment. Misdirection means that the audience is intentionally misled from the right direction. There are two kinds of misdirection, literal and thought.

A familiar demonstration of a former magician being able to distract people by waving a wand in his left hand then performing magic with his right. When the audience is distracted, the magician inserts a card into his sleeve. Gives the impression that the card has been lost.

Misdirection also if you don't know can be in the form of visualization: "When you are feeling anxious and restless, imagine you are relaxing in a place that can make you relax, such as the beach, etc."

Here, anxious subjects turn their attention to visualizing themselves on the beach. Practitioners have steered them from a less-than-good picture to a better picture.


Usually done figuratively, reframing can make you change your perception of an experience in the subject's mind. For example, imagine you have a client who wants to lose weight and meanwhile, he just sits at home and plays games all day.

You can ask him to explain how to level up his character in the game. What will he do, how long will it take, how strong is his character at the beginning of the game. Then reframe their weight loss process by comparing the game to it.

“You should imagine that losing weight is like leveling up your favorite hero character in the game you are playing, you start at the bottom slowly and consistently. You will not see any results at the start of the game. But your heroes become stronger over time. ”

Regression causes

Clients first enter a deep trance where they can feel the event as if they were actually experiencing it. The therapist uses visualization to create a bridge of influence where the subject experiences an event for the first time. Once the cause for the problem is identified, the hypnotherapist can make a suggestion and then reframe the situation into something good.

Future pacing

The opposite of regression, when the subject is asked to visualize himself while taking the appropriate action and appropriate behavior in the future. Instead of looking to the past, you are directing him to look to a positive future: “Imagine when you have given a well-prepared speech to a group of people who supported you at that time, then you feel satisfied and relieved at that moment.”

When we record a memory, all the senses and emotions are involved. This "anchor" is in your memory. Think of it as having a patient who is a smoker. Perhaps he has anchored his smoking behavior with feelings that make him comfortable.

Betty Erickson Technique 321

Betty Erickson is Milton Erickson's wife. He created his own method of self-hypnosis known as the 321 Technique.

This procedure begins the moment you open your eyes. Pay attention to three objects in your room. Example: You look at paintings, tables and wall clocks. You may hear other sounds such as birdsong outside, the echoing sound of the refrigerator and the ticking of the wall clock.

You may feel pressure on your back when you lean back in a chair, your feet on the floor, and the cool or warm air around you.

This process is repeated. focus on the other two objects of each sensation. then one more thing. Then you close your eyes and begin to visualize the three objects of each sense in your mind. Then count down. When you reach the last object, you are in a trance state.


Small changes are stepping stones to something bigger. For example, if a client is trying to lose weight, cardio may be too much for him. You can suggest gradually: when he works in the office, for the ground floor to the 1st floor just take the stairs, then take the elevator.

Next week take the stairs 2 floors, the rest take the elevator and so on. In this way, they will continue to make progress towards something greater.

Another example: going to the gym once a week for 5 minutes. Something as small as this could not possibly disappoint him. If you are used to it every day the portion increases.

Part therapy

Every behavior is positive in some aspect. The unconscious can justify one negative behavior with a positive one. People with agoraphobia should not leave their homes because their subconscious is trying to protect their bodies from dangers in the outside world.

A smoker may deliberately sacrifice his health to have a pleasant chat among other smokers. The mind consists of several parts. With this great part of therapy, the hypnotherapist will communicate with the unique behavioral side to find out why an action was taken by him or her.

They will communicate, then they will communicate with the creative side of the mind to come up with the best solution. For example, a smoker, there may be other ways to satisfy his need for social interaction. The therapist will use future pacing to unlock positive habits.


Metaphors are therapeutic and memorable. Erickson loves to use metaphors in his books and teachings. Here's an example:

“Your body is a car. Give him some good fuel and he will do well. If you don't take good care of him and give him cheap gas, then he won't do well."

“Your mind is like a flowing river. You can see it on the shore and just watch it or swim in it."

“You are like a mountain. Strong, hard to knock down and tall”

Hypnotic bond

Bond hypnosis is a parent favorite and represents the illusion of choice with or without question, here is an example of this technique:

"Wanna take a shower or brush your teeth?"

"Would you like 15 more minutes or 30 more?"

Hypnotic logic

In a trance, the client takes statements very literally. If you ask a client to "you may sit down", they will say "yes". This is hypnotic logic. You can use hypnotic logic in conjunction with suggestions such as:

“You can lose weight because you are a successful person”

Although to be a successful person does not need to be thin, but the statement will still be accepted.

Affirmations and positive thinking

An affirmation confirms positive thoughts. For clients with disabilities, you can make them say in a trance “I'm good” several times.


Memories will fade with time. When it becomes a good thing for people who have had bad experiences, those good experiences will also disappear.

Ability equals memory. It can just disappear. An agoraphobic may forget that they used to be able to leave the house.

As a hypnotherapist, you can restore these positive memories by using exercises and client visualization.

That's my discussion this time about 25 and more techniques to hypnotize someone.