My co-author Kelley Woods suggests the following:
If even more is needed, I may ask a client, "What would you like to do with those leaves?" I've received some novel suggestions!"
Confucius said, "Tell me, and I may not remember. Show me, and I may forget. Involve me, and I will understand." Psychologists and educators generally agree that people learn best by experience which involves one's whole person in the activity or the material to be learned. This blog is dedicated to harnessing the power of psychologically-enhanced experience to show you how to change your life and get the things you want -- and how to keep others from preventing you from doing so!
|Homo Sapiens is "the storytelling animal":|
|Gregory Rasputin, Priest/Hypnotist/Seducer|
at the Court of Imperial Russia
The general public often thinks of hypnosis in terms of its potential for abuse. Most people have heard of the scandal which reached the highest levels of the Court of Imperial Russia and which may have been one of the factors which ultimately contributed to its demise, involving the notorious Russian monk, Rasputin who reportedly seduced many women by hypnotizing them. However. it would be a mistake to assume that fantasies of seduction occur only to male hypnotists and never to their female subjects, especially if they should happen to find that the hypnotist, or hypnosis itself, is sexually attractive. In the sexually repressive atmosphere of Imperial Russia, it should not be surprising that Rasputin was able to find volunteers who would be willing to act out seduction fantasies, with varying degrees of self-deception.
Can hypnosis actually be used to compel obedience, to suggestions of seduction when there is no underlying wish to comply? Some years ago, I was asked to testify in the case of a man who had falsely advertised himself as a psychologist and had begun hypnotizing teen-age girls in the area, one of whom subsequently accused him of rape. In order to make its case that hypnosis could be used to compel behavior, the prosecution had pointed to an incident in Eastern Europe several decades earlier, in which a stage hypnotist had handed a man a pistol loaded with blanks and commanded the man to shoot him. The hypnotized subject, who was an off-duty police officer, drew a loaded revolver from his pocket and shot three members of the audience. The defense, on the other hand, was prohibited from pointing to the girl's history of sexual acting out in the neighborhood as evidence that she could have been voted "the girl most likely to. . ."
|Small Talk isn't just for "wowing" someone on a date.|
Experience as an Art Form is available for purchase online, or it may be ordered through your local bookstore.
Gibbons, D. E. (2001). Experience as an Art Form. Lincoln, NE: Authors Choice Press. ISBN: 0-595-17308-X.
Gibbons, D. E. & Lynn, S. J. (2010) Hypnotic inductions: A primer. In S. J. Lynn, J. W. Ruhe, & I. Kirsch (Eds.) Handbook of clinical hypnosis, 2nd. ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Complete instructions and Induction procedures are contained in the newly-published E-book entitled, Exploring Alternate Universes -- and Learning What They Can Teach Us, by Don E. Gibbons, Ph,D., and Lenny A. Cavallaro, D.M.A.,