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Anyone can learn to hypnotize. At first glance hypnotizing may seem extremely simple. Any individual capable of memorizing and reciting a pattern of words can "learn" to hypnotize some individuals to some degree. Trance induction depends very little on the physical presence of a hypnotist. It is quite possible to induce hypnosis by playing a recording, containing the proper suggestions, to a person who has never met or seen the hypnotist. This is not to say that all individuals can be hypnotized in this manner or that a deep trance will be induced. The goal is not to learn to hypnotize per se, but to learn to hypnotize effectively. This involves much more than just learning to recite a formula or script.
To master the skill of hypnosis, or any skill, there are three basic requirements. 1. Receiving competent instruction. 2. Acquiring practical experience, preferably under supervision. 3. Acquiring knowledge in related fields. Ideally hypnosis can best be learned in a university or school that provides a lecture-laboratory course, with combined practice sessions. Unfortunately there are few universities or schools offering such courses and those that do exist are geographically inaccessible to many students.
Keeping the above in mind, I have tried to write the following modules in such a way they will serve the needs of the beginner as well as the more advanced students of hypnotism. Although I doubt that a book or text can ever fully replace a supervised course of training, I feel that the following modules well serve as a reasonably satisfactory substitute.
Most students of hypnotism have learned to hypnotize by trial and error and the rote memorizing of stereotyped procedures with little opportunity to gain an understanding of what they are doing. I have tried to construct this course in such a way that it will give the student a working understanding of hypnosis and hypnotic phenomena. One of the fundamental premises of this work is that the only way to learn how to hypnotize effectively is through actual practice. I have therefore tried to present many of the techniques of hypnotism in the form of demonstrative experiments to be carried out by the student. These experiments have been carefully chosen to illustrate various fundamental concepts, bring out important facts, and offer the student actual practice. To make the text as much as possible a substitute for actual classroom instruction the basic demonstrations have been described in great detail. The student is told exactly, word for word, what to say, when to say it, how to say it, and what to do.
The objective of the following modules is to give the student the optimum training possible outside of a classroom. The reader should proceed in order from module to module and from exercise (experiment) to exercise. The student is strongly advised to keep going back over earlier material as he progresses and re-examine it in the light of his newly acquired experience. It is very important to first learn the waking suggestion techniques and experiments as presented in modules five through eight. The modern sensorimotor method of inducing hypnosis is based entirely upon waking suggestions.
No matter how comprehensive a book may be there are certain things that can only be gained from long practice and experience. You can be become acquainted with the basic techniques of inducing hypnosis in a relative short period of time and with a minimum of effort, but it takes many years and hundreds of subjects to assimilate and master all the techniques of hypnosis. One of the most important factors in inducing hypnosis is self-confidence. This rarely comes from reading a "how-to-do-it" book. It is a by-product of repeated success, and learning through sheer experience.
|The instructions presented are from the personal collections and writing library of Mr. Robert E. Cutter, who died December 13, 2001, while in the process of completing the transfer of his work to the internet. These are offered as educational instruction only. The purpose of this instruction is the effective learning and use of hypnotic techniques for vocational or avocational self-improvement. This instruction is not offered as a substitute for, nor as a supplement to, any form of therapy concerned with physical, mental, nervous or emotional illness. Robert E. Cutter served as web consultant for American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association for three years. His hypnosis education came through the training he provided at a school he owned in the 1950's in Los Angeles, California, along with his wife who preceded him in death in 1980. Robert Cutter was not a psychologist and did not practice psychotherapy, but his interest in hypnosis motivated him to provide free resources materials for others who wanted to learn to use the power of their minds to improve well being and health-related issues.|
Michael A. Robinson, R.N.- BC Psychiatry
Licensed Texas State Nursing Board Registered Nurse
Texas State Nursing Board Certified in Psychiatry
In Honor and Memory of Robert E. Cutter, B.S. 1923-d.2001
From the Writings of Robert Cutter's Self Hypnosis Center
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