Motor City Hypnotist Podcast, Episode 7: WHEN HYPNOSIS GOES WRONG!
In this episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast I am going discuss what happens when hypnosis “goes wrong” and explain the reasons why!
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Today I am going to be talking what happens when hypnosis goes wrong?
That could mean many things and typically it is the result of an emotional reaction.
ABREACTION; What is it?
The expression and consequent release of a previously repressed emotion, achieved through reliving the experience that caused it (typically through hypnosis or suggestion).
WHEN AND WHY?
*People may react emotionally when they reach a state of relaxation in their body and mind that they have not felt in a very long time or maybe never at all
*Clients who typically “feel” more emotional are more apt to experience it
*In a clinical setting, I would generally work the client through the thoughts and feelings in a supportive manner.
- Speak calmly and firmly (let them know they are okay)
- Tell the client to open their eyes and focus on me (brings them back to their present environment)
- I don’t touch a client during an abreaction
- Help the client become comfortable and relaxed and debrief on what happened and that it is not harmful.
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
August of 2019.
James Madison University hired a stage hypnotist for a comedy stage show during their freshman orientation week. According to news reports, the show was quickly derailed after numerous students began having “emotional reactions” and stating they were “stuck in trance”. The hypnotist ended the show quickly and tried to attend to the individual students who were having negative reactions. Police and EMS services were called due to the large number of students having difficulties.
Disclaimer: These are my professional opinions as I did not witness the show live and my thoughts are based on news reports, reddit posts from students and a YouTube video by one specific student who attended the show.
*The hypnotist did not give a very clear and detailed pretalk (with the assurance that you CANNOT get stuck in hypnosis)
*The hypnotist according to all accounts was trying to deal with 100 people rather than focusing on a few students on stage
*Once the audience members started reacting emotionally, he should have stopped the show immediately rather than try to push forward.
*The “spread” was likely caused by “crowd mentality” and fear. (possible attention seeking).
As we discussed in a prior podcast about things you must know before hiring a hypnotherapist or hypnotist, it is important that the hypnotist is experienced and has control of the situation either with an individual client or in a show setting.
FREE HYPNOSIS GUIDE
I am giving everyone a free gift. My PDF Guide to Hypnosis. I’ll provide the link in the show notes and on my facebook page!
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David R. Wright MA, LPC, CHT
The Motor City Hypnotist