The Keys To Hypnosis

What is that one key to hypnosis.   I am afraid that there is no ONE KEY to hypnosis. There are however a few keys to hypnosis.

By the word “key” I mean the condition in which hypnosis takes place.

Why are there a few keys?  The reason is because there are a few types of hypnosis in reality.  They are:

  1. Hypnotherapy
  2. Stage Hypnosis
  3. Street Hypnosis
  4. Conversational Hypnosis
  5. Mesmerize
  6. Self-Hypnosis
  7. Absorption
  8. Daydream

Let us take a look at each one.


Hypnotherapy is a therapy using hypnosis.  It is used for a wide range of issues from achieving goals, performance improvement, resolving conflicts, break habitual patterns, cure illnesses. It is conducted by a qualified hypnotherapist that uses a long induction method to get his client into a state of hypnosis.  This induction method is a gradual mind and body relaxation technique. Once the person reaches the level of relaxation, would suggestions then be made by the hypnotherapist to the client.

>> Here, the key to hypnosis is Relaxation.

Stage Hypnosis

Most people are already familiar with stage hypnosis. There is this hypnotist standing on stage and calling up volunteers from the audience to come on stage for hypnosis demonstration. But not all who volunteer will undergo the demonstration. Only after a round of suggestibility exercise would those who met the criteria will be qualified. Induction will be used but it is unlike that of hypnotherapy. A quick or short induction is used to hypnotize the volunteers.

>> Here, the key to hypnosis is high suggestibility.

Street Hypnosis

There are hypnotists who like to go on street and stop a passer-bys or someone who is standing there waiting for someone. They will strike a conversation and invite the person to participate in a little hypnosis exercise.

>> Here, the key to hypnosis is rapport and social pressure (you see your friends do and so you must do or because you are in the middle of a busy walkway, people are looking at you).

Conversational Hypnosis

Street hypnosis may overlap with conversational hypnosis.  Conversational hypnosis is also known as Covert in short. It is using a subconscious form of language to communicate with the other party. For example the word “awesome” is a word that people feel good about and thus can easily accept.  Such word can influence the person’s mind.

>> Here, the key to hypnosis is words that appeal to the subconscious.


Have you seen a crowd either watching with intense or screaming, cheering and shouting at their idol on stage?  This is mesmerized. When we idolise someone, we are “locked in” to the person and giving our intense emotional feeling to him or her.

>> Here, the key to hypnosis is intense emotional feeling.


When we conduct hypnosis on ourselves, it is called self-hypnosis.  You can do so by progressively relaxing yourself and then give your own desired suggestions to yourself, such as “I am in control of my life.”, “I feel great”, “I am happy” etc. You may also do it using a hypnosis tape/CD.

>> Here, the key to hypnosis is relaxation or relaxation compounded by music.


Have you ever been so absorbed in a particular activity that time flies? Everyone does! Such absorption into one particular task (be it reading a novel or watching a movie or taking a slow walk in nature) allows the mind to exclude everything else.

>> Here, the key to hypnosis is focus.


Daydream occurs when we are bored or our mind is simply too tired.  It needs a relief.  The mind would then wander away to think of something else (as if on a fantasy trip).

>> Here, the key to hypnosis is the conscious mind is too tired.