You’ve might have heard of  the ongoing scams and exploits in Eastern Europe. There is an increasing number of scammers and con artists using hypnosis.

The Telegraph reported a fairly well known case in London:

“Hypnotist thief puts shopkeeper in trance before robbing him”

This can happen to anyone. While hypnosis and persuasion can serve good, beneficial ends…  they are like a knife,  in that bad people can use them to your disadvantage.

Another controversial case happened in Ohio, reported by the New York Post. A degenerate divorce attorney used hypnosis to manipulate his clients for sexual gratification.

“Divorce lawyer hypnotized female clients for his sexual gratification”

(You can click in the title for the video. I’m not embedding it, because it has forced autoplay on.)

These things keep on happening,  over and over and over again.

In 2005,  a woman and Moscow had reported that a taxi driver had talked her into given him all her money. She reported that “he was talking gibberish”.

To quote from Kim Murphy’s article found here:

“He was talking gibberish,” she recalled. That he had left his wallet in a taxi. That he was supposed to meet someone at Sheremetyevo Airport. That he couldn’t remember where he lived.

Olga offered him the 7,000 — about $250 — in her purse for a taxi, but he said it wouldn’t be enough. She found herself leading the man up to her apartment. There, she opened her safe and gave him $500. “Can I have more?” he asked. “Can I have the 7,000 rubles in your purse?” Without replying, Olga emptied her wallet into his hands.

As they rode back down the elevator, Olga knew the man was a thief. She knew she should demand her money back before it was too late. But she couldn’t open her mouth. “I was in a trance,” she said later.”

So what even is hypnosis?

You can find the common definition of hypnosis on my website here. So what should you focus on when you’re concerned about someone hypnotizing you?

One is confusion. When your conscious mind (your neocortex), is unable to keep up with the amount of information it’s fed. This is often enough to overload it and cause it to “short circuit”.

When that happens, suggestibility increases. As long as it feels “right”.

Yet feeling right doesn’t mean being right. The Milgram experiment is an excellent example. It proved that perceived authority and power can make people act against their own best judgment.

On the flip side, persuasion can rely on feelings of comfort,  validation, or self-worth. Any strong emotion can work in this way, as long as it’s not completely integrated in the personality.

And once a person has accepted even a small suggestion, their compliance increases.

This is because suggestibility is connected with superstition. The ones the victim notices that they do not have the regular amount of control over their own body,  they assume the worst.

And to this limited degree hypnosis can be considered to be a form of Mind Control. And that is very, very dangerous to your business.

Consider what would happen if someone used these techniques during negotiations. A simple signature can do quite a bit of harm.

So what can you do to protect yourself?

There are several different angles on this. All of them are preventative measures. All of them work to some degree. However for best results, you should definitely get all three up to speed.

First, work on your self-esteem, as that is anyone’s biggest weakness. The lower your self-esteem, the easier it is to give in to influence attempts.

Secondly… get therapy. People have all sorts of complexes and traumas, behaviors and character traits. Bad people can use these against you. Abusive relationships, con artists, sadists, you name it.

The victim complex is the easiest one to use for these purposes. Because people, to confirm their identity as a victim, will go very, very far.

Is there a better context to be the victim than when you’re being asked to do literally that?

Third, and almost as important as therapy… learn self-hypnosis. Explore your mind. Familiarity with trance states, lets you identify manipulators easily, without confusion or disorientation.

And it gives you more control over your life.  Control your pain. Control your emotions. Make your senses sharper. Choose which mood you’re in. The sky’s the limit.

I hope you’ve found this helpful, if you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment below.

Phil Daniels

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