More on Psychological Self-Defense

I kind of left you guys hanging with the last one, sorry. If I’m going to write stuff like “if you find yourself reluctant to learn about [hypnotism], you may have a very serious problem. Best to overcome that reluctance and start reading,” I ought to go a little more in-depth.

Here’s some of the more useful concepts from Teitelbaum:

“If a subject has read too much about hypnotism, he may tend to analyze the suggestions [instead of absorbing them].

[If the subject knows what hypnosis looks like] and does not desire to enter the trance state, he may, by autosuggestion, counter-suggest all directions by the [hypnotist].

[Roughly, autosuggestion is the ability for someone to achieve on their own much of what a hypnotist could do. Though this includes putting themselves in a trance, many ‘hypnotic’ effects can be achieved without one if the person is their own hypnotist.

This is much simpler than it sounds: you and your mind are one person, after all. It comes down to identifying when you’re in a sort of trance state and then making it clear to the lower levels of your mind exactly what you want to do. Beyond that, a mid-level technical understanding of hypnotism helps too.]

We also know that the subject is able to obtain a command of himself by autosuggestion in the light trance state. Is it unreasonable to think that once the subject has learned how to control himself, that upon his own suggestion he should be able to experiment with the simple anesthesia […] already learned so as to apply these experiences to his body generally?”

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