What was believed to be dark magic or dark art in the earlier days is actually now known as conversational or covert hypnosis. By means of this type of hypnosis, one can read and control the mind of an individual. While centuries ago this was believed to be black magic, now we know that there are various techniques that are applied by hypnotists to go on with conversational hypnosis. Here are the essential techniques.
(1) Body language :
What a person is thinking can be made out through their body language. Hypnotists analyze the body language of the person to conclude that what the person is thinking about.
(2) Eye cues :
This is a very effective technique of conversational hypnosis. Depending on the direction of the eyes as they move, hypnotists can tell if the person is nervous, anxious or happy.
(3) Submodalities :
How people react to different information is something that tells a lot of about them. The whole purpose of submodalities is to determine those actions that invoke a negative or positive reaction.
(4) Deception :
Yet another strong technique for conversational hypnosis. The purpose is to deceive someone by using certain words to bring out original person from inside.
(5) Misdirection :
Through this technique, the hypnotist tries to draw the attention of the patient to something else while he focuses on implanting a thought in their mind.
(6) Cold reading :
This is possibly the most commonly used technique. The hypnotist would say vague things about the individual right after seeing him from the first time Depending on the responsive reactions he would gradually try to find out the truth about the individual.
(7) Warm reading :
Almost similar to the cold reading technique, this technique also makes the hypnotist make general statement about the individual. However, here he does not have to observe anything about the individual to make a statement.
(8) Hot reading :
With some prior knowledge about the person (without them knowing about it), the hypnotist would make precise statements about the individual and by analyzing the responses he would make further conclusions about the person.
(9) Trans-derivational search (TDS) :
This technique is used by many hypnotists to let the person search for an answer within themselves. When a message is being conveyed, the listener is required to look inside themselves to understand the inner meaning of the same.
(10) Direct suggestion :
By means of hand gestures and a commanding voice and tone, the hypnotist would stop the patient to stop focusing on the distracting things happening all around him, and focus only on one thing, which in most cases, are the eyes of the hypnotist.
(11) Pattern interrupt :
Another important technique of covert hypnosis is Pattern interrupt. By this technique, a particular thought process, behavior or situation is being changed and made more conducive both for the patient and the hypnotist.
(12) Language patterns :
There are specific words that are used by hypnotists to bring out the inner self of an individual. ‘Find’ is one such power word which is used by hypnotists more often.
By using these techniques, hypnotists have been carrying out conversational hypnosis to find remedies to various psychological ailments that has been troubling people.