When I was younger – a child, really – I learned that gardeners often talk to their plants.
Not having a green thumb myself, this intrigued me. Until I remembered folks talk to babies, pets and inanimate objects.
It’s only when they start talking back that it becomes interesting.
Anyway, I heard an explanation for the plant thing: when you talk, you breathe out more. You breathe out carbon dioxide, which your plants breathe in. So, unconsciously or otherwise, gardeners learn talking to their plants makes them healthier.
It sure sounds sensible.
Had I been more enterprising, I might have tested it.
Others looked into it and found that speakers – all sound, no CO2 – helped plants grow too.
Maybe the extra carbon dioxide helped, but the sounds weren’t a byproduct of the booster – it was the booster.
So there’s a simple lesson here:
Before believing something, test it. Or at least see if anyone else has tested it.
Of course, that’s not always practical.
But it’s a nice thing to aspire towards.
I bring this up to address one of the myths around hypnosis:
The idea that it’s nothing but the placebo effect. Folks expect to enter a trance and expect to feel great doing it, so they do. But that’s all it is – nothing but folks meeting their own expectations.
There are so many things to say about this myth.
The simplest is… well, I’ve already said it.
That sounds sensible – but can you test it?
The test is simple enough. Hypnotise someone who doesn’t believe in hypnosis or thinks they’re immune to it.
If they enter a trance and do something verifiable – like, say, have their arm lock in place – then there’s your answer.
They expect to not enter a trance, then seconds later they’re hypnotised and can’t move their arm.
Boom, there’s your proof.
Of course, expectations play a role. If you expect to go into a trance, you’re more likely to. If you believe hypnosis will feel blissful, it probably will.
But it doesn’t require your cooperation.
That’s how you can hypnotise sceptics… and, if you know what you’re doing, you can even hypnotise children and animals.
Hypnotising strangers – without ever using the words ‘hypnosis’, ‘trance’ or anything else – isn’t difficult.
In fact, once you start learning more about this, you’ll recognise how hard it is to avoid hypnotising someone.
And just how much you’ve been hypnotising folks all along.
Which brings us to the crunch:
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