Contrary to what you probably think you know about hypnosis, it can be done very quickly and can be used to convince someone to do something they normally wouldn't--like, say, giving away their wallet, phone, and keys to a stranger
(English mentalist Derren Brown
). What's happening here is known as a handshake induction
, a technique pioneered by American psychiatrist Milton Erickson.
There are other methods of rapid induction hypnosis.
These methods, along with techniques of verbal suggestion, are used by practitioners of Neuro-linguistic programming
, a field which some have associated with Mr. Brown's performances, though he denies it
. I wonder, though, how he manages to get a cashier at a dog track to pay out on a losing ticket
? [more inside]
posted by flotson
on May 11, 2008 -