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Unformatted text preview: t tells the subject that he is "completely
powerless", "implicitly obedient to my
C. it mobilizes the subject's "fear of losing
D. it erodes the subject's dignity: "You will
go into all sorts of contortions to scratch
this spot, even rubbing your back against
the wall and on articles of furniture."
E. the overwhelming authoritarian style and
conflict structured wording generates
feelings of defiance from the subject.
I urge you to avoid making these
Now let's return to the correct wording
of these tests:
"Your left arm feels so heavy it feels AS IF it were far too heavy to lift, in fact even
the very thought of trying to lift it seems to
be more than you wish to deal with, at this
time. You may, if you wish to, make an
effort to lift your left arm. Now stop trying,
relax and go deeper."
Now we have done the arm levitation,
the eye catalepsy and the heavy left arm
tests. It is important to utilize all these tests
so that you will get a response on at least
one of them. Any response to a single test is
100% success. You have now finished the
tests and you must explain their response.
You say, "The feeling that you felt, as your
arm was lifting, that is the feeling of
hypnosis. The feeling that you felt, as your
eyelids seemed stuck, that is the feeling of
hypnosis. The feeling that you felt as your
left arm seemed so heavy, that is the feeling
of hypnosis. I call these responses the
feelings of hypnosis because you and I
know that there is no rational reason for your
right arm to feel lighter than your left. There
is no rational reason for your eyelids not to
open instantly on the mere thought. There is
no rational reason for your left arm to feel
heavier than your right.
"In the hypnotic trance, the critical
factor of the conscious mind is temporarily
relaxed. This is the part of your mind which
examines incoming ideas for their rational
content. Since that part of your mind is
relaxed because of trance, you don't have
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This document was uploaded on 10/05/2013.
- Fall '13