What is hypnotism?

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What is hypnotism?

Hypnotism has been a mysterious topic for a long time. But its principles are very straightforward and easy. Everybody uses the fundamentals of this, however unknowingly. It is being used by experts all over the world. It is being used in counseling, surgery, removal of bad habits, meditation, relaxation, training, motivation, marketing, promotions, leadership and much more.

Our mind

So what is hypnotism? Let us analyze what mind is, first of all. This is the start-point to understand hypnotism. Our mind has three dimensions: Conscious, Subconscious and Unconscious.


What we normally think of our mind is just a small part of it, i.e., the conscious mind. It is the dimension of the mind which relates to the outer world, which senses and perceives the word and the ideas while we are awake. 

It is highly logical and filled with ego. We all are aware of its capabilities. But, this is very tough to be controlled and persuaded. When we say that mind is uncontrollable, actually we are talking about this conscious mind. And it is just the tip of the iceberg.


The biggest dimension of our mind is unconscious, and we sense its presence especially when we analyze the sleep or a sleep-like state. This unconscious mind has no reasoning and no ego and hence it could be easily persuaded and controlled. It keeps even contradictory ideas and feelings at the same time. 

And this unconscious mind is very powerful. All the involuntary activities in our body are being controlled by this unconscious mind. It controls our behavior and approach to life. All our memories and past experiences are accessed through this dimension of the mind. And it is highly suggestible.


In between these two dimensions of the mind, there is an intermediary dimension of mind which is called the subconscious mind.It is neither conscious nor unconscious. It is in-between. It is the transition from the conscious to the unconscious. 

Whatever our conscious mind gets is passed through this subconscious mind to the unconscious mind. It is the corridor between the conscious and the unconscious.

So what is hypnotism?

Hypnotism is to reach the unconscious mind. And for it, the interface is the conscious mind. When hypnotism is induced, the hypnotist can get all the practical things done by the medium, which are not dead against his/her ethics and way of life.

In hypnosis, the attention of the medium becomes very focused. The peripheral awareness is reduced as well. Naturally, in this state of mind, the medium gains the capacity and attitude to respond to the suggestions passed to him/her.

The basic method of the hypnotic induction is to get the attention of the medium confined to a small set of things and fine tune the attention in due course while exercising some technique to induce monotony. For e.g. the hypnotist can ask the medium to stay relaxed on a couch and count down numbers from 100 to 1 slowly. 

While the medium does so, the hypnotist continues to give suggestions that the medium is getting more and more relaxed and is going to the state of trance with the passage of time. Giving proper suggestions needs knowledge of the subject, skill of speech and experience. Even the environment of the chamber where this hypnotic induction is tried is kept such that it supports the work. 

It should be filled with dim light and may be some specific piece of sound or music is being played there. And all this works. The medium starts to go to trance. And once the medium is in trance, the hypnotist can give the target suggestions, like now the medium will quit smoking or now the medium will start to recall the past experiences of life or whatever. It depends on for what the hypnotic induction is being done.

Uses of hypnotism

Hypnosis is being used for hypnotherapy for a long time. It is being used in pain management, surgery and other medical and psychotherapeutic practices.Expert hypnotists may use specific drugs to induce the hypnotic state. But it should not be tried by the novice people. 

Stage hypnosis is another side of the coin that mainly entertains the audience and raises interest in this discipline. Self-hypnosis is hypnotizing oneself by a person. People in many parts of the world have become very interested in it and are using it for self-motivation and self-control. 

Hypnotism also supports the practice of meditation. One can start with suggestions to induce trance. In due course, when meditation starts to deepen, hypnotism drops, awareness appears.

This conditionality of our mind is related to the repetition of what we hear and see. If we repeat the same thing before someone for a good time span, there is strong possibility that that fellow would be influenced by that repeated idea. This is what our politicians, businessmen, advertisers and leaders of all sort are doing. It works, and it is because our mind is so.

Limitations of hypnotism

As a matter of fact, all persons cannot be hypnotized. They are hard nuts to crack. But at the same time, some are very gullible. It requires experience and knowledge to understand which type of medium one is and how to handle him/her.


Hypnotism is a great power, as straightforward as life and has numerous benefits. If learned properly and practiced with ethics, it could be a boon.

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