Seeing the arctic for the ice

Think of a cartoon set somewhere icy.

Or a 2D platformer with an obligatory ice-themed level.

There are decent odds that you’ll see two things:

Polar bears, because they’re big, scary and awesome.

Penguins, because they’re fun, cute and distinctive.

And why not, right? They both live in the coldest places on Earth, where the land lies underneath thick sheets of ice and snow. They both live in the same sort of place, so why wouldn’t they be neighbours?

Some of you know why – especially with the hint the article title gave you.

They don’t live in the same place. It’s the same sort of place, but it’s literally as far apart as two Earth-bound species can get.

In studying fiction, there’s the concept of suspension of disbelief. The audience is willing to go along with the story, up to a point. We can accept that, within the story, robots, magic, aliens and wizards are real… but the moment someone does something out of character, it jars.

Some folks are perfectly happy to go along with the story. They’ll accept whatever coincidences and inconsistencies you throw their way.

Certain others, though?

They’ll analyse, scrutinise and tease apart everything.

They can’t enjoy the story – at least, they can’t immerse themselves in it – because they can’t help but thinking, “wait a minute, if that guy can teleport, then why doesn’t he teleport the group past those guards?”

Now, let’s talk about hypnosis.

A common analogy for it is losing yourself in a movie, show or game. The outside world fades away as you become hyperfocused on the experience, maybe even forgetting the need to stay hydrated. That’s why you can walk away from a great movie feeling hungry, thirsty, sore and needing to pee.

It’s a fine analogy.

But it does lead to this tired remark:

“I’m too analytical to be hypnotised!”

I wonder if I’d hear less of it without this TV-as-hypnosis analogy. After all, if you’re too analytical to lose yourself in a show, you’re too analytical to lose yourself in a trance… right?

Well, not really.

Truly analytical folks know a few problems with this reasoning.

Like how you don’t have to lose yourself in a show to enjoy it and benefit from it. It’s the same with hypnosis. While you might completely zone out and not remember any of what happened, that’s neither common nor necessary.

Or an analytical thinker might remember it’s an analogy. Analogies tell you what something is like, but not what something is. Seeing a hypnotist isn’t the same as watching sitcoms.

Anyway, to introduce a simile into the discussion, saying you’re ‘too analytical’ to be hypnotised is like saying you’re ‘too tanned’ to read books. It almost makes sense (tanned folks are more likely to be outdoorsy) but the logic doesn’t follow.

I hypnotise analytical folks all the time. It’s not harder to hypnotise someone like this, although it does require a different approach. I like to use your analytical mind to enhance the process.


If you’re analytical, you probably have more questions about how this works. If so, consider signing up for a Consultation. I’ll happily address your concerns about what hypnosis is (and isn’t) and what it can (and can’t) do.

I know some folks offer free consultations. With me, I take payment for it.

But if you sign up for a session, I’ll discount it by your consultation fee’s amount.

If you decide not to after the consultation, I’ll refund it.

There’s no risk, you see.

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