Special hypnosis can be subdivided into eight categories depending on the number of subjects (including animals) hypnotized, mental intention, time, place, and state of consciousness.
(1) Rapid instant hypnosis : This method is more suitable for people with hypnosis experience. When the psychotherapist discovered that the patient had become mentally paralyzed or inattentive, he suddenly screamed and ordered him to quickly enter hypnosis. Since the patient has had a hypnotized experience before, if he can know the current psychotherapist is also very good at hypnotism, or when he is operated by the same hypnotist, he usually can enter hypnosis quickly.
(2) Storytelling hypnosis : This method was created by the American medical hypnosis master Milton Erickson. The psychotherapist usually uses the special hypnotic grammar and tone to describe the story suitable for the case listening, and then guides him into hypnosis.
(3) Forced hypnosis : If the case does not understand or oppose hypnosis, and does not like the methods used during hypnosis, such as rebellious teenagers, stubborn adults, etc., psychotherapists will spend more time to break through their defense mentality, or use “indirect hypnosis” ways to treat, absolutely avoid too direct or use forced way, so as not to arouse stronger resistance.
(4) Group hypnosis : As the name suggests, it is a simultaneous hypnotization of two or more people, the number of people has no upper limit, usually depending on the strength and skill of the psychotherapist. This method is more suitable for the business community (collective relaxation, decompression), the education sector (collectively stimulating potential), or the spiritual growth group or “emotional support group” in the spiritual health sector.
(5) Self hypnosis : That is, when the operator and the hypnotized person are the same person, they can hypnotize themselves through special “self-meditation training” or facing the mirror. However, if there is no professional training, or no psychotherapist on the scene guidance, it is best not to rush to implement, especially the patients having the history of mental illness, so as to avoid sequelae.
(6) Remote hypnosis : When the patient is inconvenient to receive hypnotherapy in person, or in an emergency, the case can be hypnotized by means of credit, internet, telephone, telegram, etc.
(7) Sleep shift hypnosis : Usually used for young children under the age of seven, or difficult to hypnosis in common ways, or against hypnotists. First, with the consent of the patient or his/her family, the psychotherapist visits the patient’s home, and when the patient is asleep at night or sleepy at noon, the therapist uses special suggestion techniques to transfer the patient from sleep state to hypnosis state for treatment.
(8) Animal hypnosis : The hypnotic subjects are animals, but the beneficiaries are humans. Amphibians (such as frogs) and reptiles (such as crocodiles and lizards) are more likely to be hypnotized because biologists have found that “fake death” is an animal instinct with protective effects. In addition, chickens can also be hypnotic. However, the practical use of animal hypnosis is not widespread, usually only creates effects when performing hypnosis on stage. In practical application, animals can be trained to work for humans by hypnosis, such as training police dogs to detect drugs or improving the amount of eggs laid by chickens.