Category: Hypnosis

Do folk you manipulate feel better afterwards?

Some folk don’t like to manipulate others. They see it as selfish or controlling or something. To them I can only shrug my shoulders and say “tough”. You manipulate folk with every breath you take. And long after your last breath, too. Everyone has…

What bullies, bad drivers and mass shootings can teach you about kindness

If you want to feel more kindness towards others, there are two common approaches: The first is to think of folk you like and who are kind to you. Meditate and reflect on them, and really savour the feeling of kindness. The second is…

How to be unique, not crazy

I bet you have some strange views, experiences and hobbies. And I also bet most folks don’t see that side of you. They ask the typical questions about the weather and your job and how everything is going. Sure, you can force the conversation…

The time my introversion interrupted folks and made me the centre of attention

Story time, pendos: A few years back, I was with a group of friends at our local pub. We were all happily talking about whatever, but I started to withdraw from the conversation. Yeah, it might not have been the most polite thing. Or…

How to pry secrets from people and have them thank you for it

The classic way to get a friend to spill the beans? Buy them a drink or three. Sometimes things are classics for a reason. Other times, they’re outdated and ineffective ways of doing things. Think about it: Let’s say you want to loosen a…

What hypnotic conversations look like

People are intrigued enough by old fashioned hypnosis. Tell them you’re a conversational hypnotist and they get even more curious. What is conversational hypnosis? How does that work? I couldn’t possibly summarise the entire field here, so I’ll simply offer an example – one…

When conversations are better therapy than therapy

In Conversation Hacker – which is in the midst of a sale – I talk about something I call the architecture of conversations. Every building is unique. Each serves a purpose, and is an expression of creativity meeting practicality. Even so, buildings follow rules…

Do you hate Small Talk?

If so, you’re not alone. Many introverts do, for all the usual reasons. It’s a boring, awkward, faux pas-riddled slog with dull, tedious people. And many extraverts do too. Extraverts like talking with folk and Small Talk barely seems to qualify. No one cares…

Is social media junk food ruining your gourmet conversations?

Conversations are strange creatures. They can be this long, boring drag, full of awkward silences and exchanges of facts. Or… They can be weird and meaningful experiences, where time goes by in a blink. You know you’re in a great conversation when hours disappear……

Why hypnosis definitely is(n’t) a placebo (maybe)

One of the arguments against hypnosis is that it’s just a placebo. Sure, it leads to verifiable and repeatable results. And it changes the way the brain operates. But so what? Placebos do the same thing. Give someone a sugar pill, tell them it’s…

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