Anthony will teach two, the Eye-to-Hand Fixation and the Handshake Induction. Eye-to-Hand Fixation is the better of the two, because it won't freak out the participant. The Handshake Induction involves not telling the participant what you're doing, which isn't always a good idea.
The "handshake" induction is whats known as a shock induction, the purpose being an instant induction, and for stage hypnosis. Its quite spectacular to see someone fall into instant trance. I use and prefer instant inductions for well the obvious reason of saving me the time a formal induction takes. However I don't use the 'handshake method' as it was developed for performance purposes.
When it comes to formal inductions all one needs to learn is the Elman induction. Why? Because it's guaranteed. So long as you follow the six required steps, the outcome will always be a subject in trance. Let me reiterate that it
always works. The hypnotist may have low confidence or the subject may not be participating, but the technique always works 100% of the time.
Whats required for hypnosis to take place?
- The hypnotist must believe in themselves. (The subject doesn't have to believe anything.) Easiest beginner approach would be to emulate insane confidence.
- The hypnotist must have permission from the subject. (You can't hypnotize someone without their knowledge, against their will. If you could, hypnosis would be the most tightly gaurded secret in the universe, and they wouldn't teach it in books and DVDs)
- The subject must be willing to cooperate. (If you ask them to take a deep breathe, and they refuse, you will not be able to hypnotize them, because they're unwilling. They must be responding to suggestion for hypnosis to take place. These people need an explanation that if they would like to experience trance, then they must participate, otherwise too bad.)
As far as the comment about performing on women as opposed to men, I recommend it. Women are infinitely more suggestible than men, and trance has to do with communication with your subconscious, something women have been doing their whole lives by dealing with and expressing emotions, (a more suppressed behavior for men.) For this reason they typically make much better subjects. It's doesn't mean you can't hypnotize men, they're simply more of a challenge and typically more skeptical which hurts their willingness to participate.
A note about using particular language and/or NLP. First off, let me just say that NLP was literally written by master hypnotists like Richard Bandler, and it was their attempt to introduce hypnotic effects without putting your subject into trance. Today it's used mostly in advertising and sales techniques for using specific language to persuade people to take action
. A lot of the hypnotism community tries to put a large emphasis on using the correct language. Ultimately, the words you choose are actually of little relevance, the most important thing is getting your subject to move through the desired state changes. The state changes are whats important. The words you use to get them there are not.
If you're serious about learning hypnosis and actually being adept at it. (Meaning no scripts, no memorized patterns or steps, you're able to just put someone in trance on the fly.) Then you actually have to do it. You actually need to go out there and hypnotize people and find out, can you actually do it, can you get the desired affects? And the best way to find out is by doing it through an internship with a hypnosis practice.
By the way the post about the "flakey hypnotists" with a bogus diploma... Well just to let you know, there is no such thing as a 'hypnosis diploma.' It's not formally offered in schools. There are certifications out there and training programs, but there is no official
certificate or diploma that proves
someone is a hypnotist.