Secrets of Hypnosis Part 2 Show Notes
On this episode of the Motor City hypnosis podcast, we’re going to finish up the secrets of hypnosis, how it works, why it doesn’t and I’m going to focus on dispelling myths and fears because that’s one of the big ones that come up. I’m going to be giving away a free hypnosis guide. Stay tuned.
What is up people? I am David Wright, the Motor City Hypnotist. I’m coming to you from the Podcast Detroit Northville Studios. With me is my producer Matt Fox. He’s the man behind the board and handling everything that I need during this podcast.
In this episode we are finishing up the secrets of hypnosis, how it works, why it works. I want to make sure everybody gets what they need and understands. And really, I want to cover all of the things that you need to know as far as hypnosis is concerned. Last time, just to review a little bit, we talked about having the front part and the back part of your mind, which is the conscious and the subconscious. All of your habits are stored in the subconscious, such as smoking, overeating, drug abuse, whatever it is.
Even things such as your own self esteem, your own thoughts, self-doubts, negativity, self-deprecation, things like that, also become habits. They happen automatically. You don’t have to think about it. What we’re going to do is address some fears and misconceptions about hypnosis. And the reason this is important is this prevents a lot of people from actually seriously thinking about doing hypnosis because they have fears and it scares people. People may think “you’re gonna make me do something crazy.” And it’s a misconception. One of the big misconceptions about hypnosis is that if I’m your hypnotherapist and I hypnotize you, that I can control you, I can make you do whatever I want you to do. That’s a big one because a lot of people have, well, let’s be honest, they have control issues, and not not in a bad way but but you want to be in control. You want to make sure that you’re not doing something that of out of character or that that you wouldn’t do normally. It’s a safety issue too. I guess I should bring this up because there are unscrupulous people everywhere. And I’m sure there are probably some hypnotists out there, that that might try to take advantage of people. It just happens in every profession. So people want to, of course, protect themselves. They don’t want to get into something where they’re going to be in any way hurt. This is one of the big hurdles people have is just realizing that I can’t make you do something. If I were to hypnotize Matt, sitting here, and say to him, “okay, Matt, I want you to leave this room and the first person you see you’re going to punch them in the face.” Now, he’s not going to do that because his brain will reject that suggestion unless this is something he would normally do. His brain is going to say, “Well, no, I’m not going to do that. That’s stupid.” So even if I say something outlandish like that, which I wouldn’t do with somebody who’s sitting in my office or on stage, they will realize that they’re not going to act on it. If it’s at odds with their brain, when it’s at odds with their character, or their moral compass, they will not act on that suggestion. There have been stories out there in the past about people who have been sexually assaulted while under hypnosis. I’m not contradicting that. I’m just saying, that would be something to look into as there are different ways this could have happened. The important thing is that you are in control ultimately, of your own decisions. It doesn’t matter what I say when you’re under hypnosis. If you don’t want to do it, you’re not going to do it. It’s just a fact. Now, you might be more apt to do some things. I kind of compare it, as I take a sip of Guinness, like having a buzz.
When you’re relaxed, you’re more open, you’re more free. And in a stage setting, that’s why people are more apt to dance around, have fun and sing in front of people. When I do stage shows, I always promote the power of hypnosis. If you have a phobia of talking in front of people, let me spend a couple of sessions with you. You will be so confident it, will not affect you at all. Let’s get back to misconceptions. I’m going off on a tangent and that happens. Another misconception is that you can get stuck in hypnosis. You can’t get stuck. It’s like saying you can get stuck in a daydream or stuck in a nap or stuck reading a book. Whenever you want, you can just focus on something else. Briefly, there was an incident at James Madison University within the last six months. They had a hypnotist and he is doing the show. Numerous people in the audience had a bad reaction. And when I say bad reaction, they felt that they were stuck. What happens is in any crowd, wherever it is, there’s a crowd mentality where something starts to happen and then the other person thinks, well, maybe it’s happening to me too. And it’s fear spreading. A lot of these a lot of these students felt like they were stuck and they were overwhelmed and they ended up having to cancel the show on the spot. You can’t get stuck in hypnosis.
Another misconception is that you’re going to give away secrets under hypnosis. That’s another misconception. More fear. Honestly, if I could hypnotize you and get your PIN number for your ATM, you know, I wouldn’t be working. You’re not going to give up information that you wouldn’t give up normally. It’s something that’s protected. You have this moral block, you have this moral compass that that will prevent you from telling secrets or doing things out of character Yeah. One other big ones is that again, people just think it’s fake. When they see a stage show, they think, well, the people on stage have to be “in on it”. They have to be going along or they are being paid. I’m going to tell you over almost 29 years of doing this clinically, and also doing stage shows, there’s no way I could fake it. It’s like conspiracy theories. There are way too many people that would have to be involved to make that happen, to make it fake. It’s easy to “Oh, well, that’s got to be fake.” And most of the time people think things are fake or they don’t work because they don’t understand it.
Is self-hypnosis that something that you can teach somebody? Absolutely. In fact, anytime somebody meditates, they’re really doing a form of Self Hypnosis. You are quieting your mind. You’re quieting your body. You’re just going into that Zen state which is where hypnosis occurs. You find your own mind’s eye. And there are a lot of books out there about self-hypnosis and effective ways to do it. If you’ve done any type of yoga, or meditation or anything mind/body connected, you’re already way ahead. And when I see people that have already mastered meditation, or they do a lot of yoga, it’s very easy to get them into hypnosis. They are used to being at that state of relaxation.
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I don’t think I’ve ever seen hypnosis portrayed correctly in movies or TV. Maybe bits and pieces but not the whole thing. I think specifically of the movie “Get Out”. Just the spoon going around. And it just doesn’t happen that way. Because at some point, he could have just chosen I just don’t want to be here anymore. We are going to be addressing a lot of hypnosis at the beginning just because that’s the name of the podcast it really relatez to mental health, self help, anything that people want to make positive changes to their lives. So we are going to get into other topics but everything can relate back to changing your thinking. If you change your thinking, it’s just going to change how you feel and you’re just going to be better.
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We are going to finish misconceptions and I know I covered a lot, but if you have something specific to ask, I want to hear about it. Let me know because I’d like to address things like that specifically and try and give you some direction. If you have a reputable therapist, and they know what they’re doing, there’s no reason to be fearful or to have that that anxiety about it.
Matt quit eating sushi due to a bad experience.
It’s that mental connection. You hear all of the stories of people who, in their younger days, drink something and have the worst drunken hangover of their lives and they just swear it off.
It’s because you have a mental connection to something that affects the way you feel about it. And that’s the whole theme as far as changing the thinking. Once you change your thinking, the feeling will come with it. If you’re feeling anxious or you’re feeling depressed, you can do something. We can do something to change the thought process which eliminates the habit. We all have negative self-talk. I like to call it the movie that you replay over and over in your head. Because you play the same movie over and over again, you’re going to get the same feelings and results from it. I know we’ve covered a lot about hypnosis, how it works, misconceptions. I’d like to hear from listeners. I want to hear your experiences under hypnosis. I get a lot of feedback, especially after shows or especially from clients in the office. People say “oh my god that that was the most relaxed I’ve ever felt in my life.” It’s amazing to them. like, even though they want it to work and they kind of believe it once they experience it. It’s almost like riding a bike once you get there. It’s like, wow, I never knew that this could be that good.
WINNER OF THE WEEK
This is from Wilmington, North Carolina, a famous “toastery” reported a couple came in apparently visiting the restaurant for the first time. The owner said that the couple was very complimentary of the staff and food. And when they left, they left the waitress $1,000 tip. Wow. It says on the receipt, which of course you guys can’t see on audio, but it said “bless you all.” The amount of the bill was $43 and 31 cents (that was the amount of their meal) and they left the thousand dollar tip. It’s great to hear things when people are appreciated. And you know the great thing? A lot of times people do things to get recognized. This couple didn’t say who they were, they never claimed it. That’s what makes this couple The Winner of the Week!
CHANGE YOUR THINKING
So we’re back into hypnosis. This is our second part and finishing off about what hypnosis is, how it works, misconceptions. I want people to really get into this and think about if there is something that that you want to change as far as your thinking goes? And we probably all know those people. The negative people are always complaining. They’re just always “Oh, I’m so miserable”, “I can’t do this and that” and everybody’s against them or every circumstance is against them. If you just stop and just change the way you think you’re going to get a change in the way you feel that’s going to change your behavior. And I guarantee you, if you’re able to do that, other people are going to see that. Consistency is the key, because you can feel good for one day and then something triggers you and then you’re right back where you started two days ago. This comes down to the whole theory of why hypnosis is effective. And I’m going to try to break this down into a nutshell. Derren Brown, who has specials on Netflix is known as a hypnotist, mentalist, motivational speaker magician. He covers all of these gametes. On his show Miracle (and I’m going to paraphrase) he says, if you take everything out there that you don’t have control over and just put it aside, not think about it and just focus on the things that you can control, automatically you become happier. It sounds simplistic, but the whole point he’s making is to work on the stuff that you can control. That’s where you can make changes. I know with things that are going on right now, politically, the protests and COVID. There are a lot of things you cannot control. You can only control so much. Regarding Covid, as long as you’re taking precautions and doing what you can, you can’t worry about it. Because it’s out there. And you may get it and you may not but as long as you’re taking the precautions, that’s what you have control over. If you just focus on the things you can control, and forget about the things that you can’t control automatically, you’re going to feel better And I think we’re going to focus a specific show on that later on. Just changing thinking processes and just being more, again, thinking more positively, and taking control of your own thoughts, you will see changes. And this comes back full circle to hypnosis, and what hypnosis does. If you take away that underlying habit of thinking, whatever it is, whether it’s a physical habit, like smoking, overeating, or a mental habit like self-doubt, self-criticism. If you take those subconscious thoughts, and you reset them to make them positive, you’re automatically going to feel better. I’m making it sound easy, but in some instances it is. If you just make that change and just change the thinking, you’re just going to feel better. That’s what hypnosis can do for you. And it doesn’t have to be hypnosis. I know because I’m a hypnotist/hypnotherapist and also a regular therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor. There are a lot of ways to get there. But the thing I like about hypnosis is that sometimes it doesn’t matter why you think the way you do, sometimes it does. For instance, as far as smoking goes, it doesn’t matter what you feel or think about it, or why you started. I sometimes refer to hypnosis as a shortcut. Let’s just take the shortcut, and get it done. Let’s just bypass the whys and make a change as far as changing the way you think about it.
There was a time, and I don’t want to brag, but back in my mid 20s or early 30s there was a period of time (it was probably six or seven years) I worked out every day, Monday through Friday, and rarely missed. It was just habit. Once I got into it, I didn’t even think about it. My alarm went off at five each morning and I was up and worked out before I went to work. It just became locked in. I didn’t think about it. And I felt great. Because when you’re working out you feel great.
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David R. Wright MA, LPC, CHT
The Motor City Hypnotist