Well, the answer to that is “yes and no”. And that is dependent upon the definition being used to define hypnosis. There are those that say that what a hypnotist does is move a person (figuratively speaking) into a state of ‘heightened suggestibility’. And if that is your definition… then the answer is no, hypnosis (by that definition) does not exist.
Others define hypnosis as creating a state of mind in which there is an extremely narrow focus of attention, and then using that to bypass critical evaluation of instructions / commands / suggestions. By this definition hypnosis definitely DOES exist.
You see, the level of ‘suggestibility’ never really changes. What does change is all the other ‘stuff’ that is going on that hinders the existing ‘suggestibility’ from being taken advantage of. All the ‘internal voices’ or judgments constantly being made about whatever external input is coming at an individual.
By bringing the subject’s (conscious) attention down to a singular (or near singular) focus, the hypnotist is able to ‘slide in’ the instructions. This is due to the fact that the subconscious mind is ALWAYS paying attention to what is going on around.
But this does not mean that the subconscious mind will simply follow the instructions either. The secondary aspect is to then narrow the focus of the subconscious mind to pay attention to the hypnotist. Once that is achieved… hypnosis!
The really cool part is that this all happens in literally seconds.
Now… once the subject is in, what do you do? Well, I’ll save that for another time.
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