What is Covert Hypnosis?
Covert hypnosis or conversational hypnosis is a very fascinating phenomenon where a person attempts to connect to another person’s subconscious mind without the person realizing it. While most people don’t realize it, covert hypnosis usually takes place during normal conversations. This explains why covert hypnosis is sometimes referred to as conversational hypnosis. The main goal is to change a person’s behavior or thinking at the subconscious level so that in the end, they believe the change was out of their own volition. The target will not be aware that they’re being hypnotized provided the hypnosis is performed correctly.
Conversational hypnosis is one of the most powerful mind persuasion techniques, similar to hypnotherapy. However, during hypnotherapy, the target’s mind is knowingly induced into a daze and fed with positive suggestions, which varies with what happens in covert hypnosis. The objective is pretty much the same though.
The techniques used in covert hypnosis and hypnotherapy almost interlace, and they share similar characteristics with those of normal hypnosis. But the state of mind achieved in both covert hypnosis and hypnotherapy is far different from the trance state achieved in normal hypnosis. Unlike normal hypnosis sessions where the subject closes their eyes to induce a deep relaxation state, the subject will be wide awake in covert hypnosis with their eyes open. The same is true for hypnotherapy. The common characteristic in all hypnotic processes is the lack of critical thought.
This type of hypnosis heavily relies on metaphoric suggestions that aim at presenting ideas in a subtle, unobvious way. But sometimes, suggestions are presented in a direct way.
One of the most powerful tools used is story telling. Stories can easily and more effectively get a message across and they are more memorable. Another thing that makes stories very powerful is that they don’t require our critical mind to be active, although not always necessarily. The stronger the relationship between the subject and the story teller, the easier it becomes to hypnotize the subject’s mind due to the increased trust.
So during a covert hypnosis session, the hypnotist’s first objective is to create a psychological connection with the subject. This can be achieved through verbal or nonverbal (behavioral) means. The hypnotist communicates in such a way that creates a connection between the two individuals. For instance, by giving hints of understanding and confidence, the hypnotist will be arousing a feeling of comfort in their subject’s mind, thus psychologically connecting to them.
When this happens, the hypnotist will then introduce metaphoric language, a phase that creates unconscious states in the subject’s mind, and then covert conditioning is used to associate the unconscious states. This process results in the formation of behaviors and thoughts that are controlled by the subconscious mind. Typically, the hypnotist will use methods that trick the subject into believing that what they are hearing is not about them, such as using time and identity shifts in language.
Basically, now you’ve understood the basic principles of conversational hypnosis. It is real and it’s so fascinating that you’ll never tire of learning more about it. The techniques used vary but the basics are the same, and if used correctly, they’re sure to achieve the desired outcome.