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I was just hypnotized

post #1 of 30
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Just got back from a birthday party where a hypnotist was present. I was selected as a part of the group. I came in with a few doubts, but I generally had an open mind. Throughout the entire process, I was aware of what he was telling me but I did it anyway. He had us do various things: watch a "dirty" movie, pet a rabbit, feel cold, eat lemons thinking they were oranges, etc. What struck me most, however, was when he told us that when we woke up we would be drinking a toast. He poured water into our glasses, and we drank up. Like he said, I couldn't get it down and it came up through my nose. I'm still quite stunned.
post #2 of 30
weird. so hypnotism isn't a huge scam?
post #3 of 30
Cluck like a chicken.
-Mag
post #4 of 30
When I snap my fingers you'll give me your 580's.
post #5 of 30
Hop like a bunny!

Now cluck like a chicken.

Damn! It doesn't work over the internet. If it did, just think of the possibilities. I could hypmotize someone on the DIY forum to build me a bunch of stuff for free.
post #6 of 30
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Originally posted by djgustashaw
weird. so hypnotism isn't a huge scam?
You thought it was? I've seen several professional hypnotists in person, it's a very real phenomenon IMO. I think the TV hypnotists using stand-ins and previously screened subjects give real hypnotists a bad name, they do this to ensure a good result everytime, but it can work just as well often with a completely fresh audience (with some slight abnormalities).

It's amazing how strong the suggestions can be, while still fully hypnotized, or back awake. All my observations have been extremely short-term though, I have no idea how well a long-term suggestion (such as quitting smoking or losing weight through hypnotherapy or self-hypnosis programs) would work. I suspect not so well, since everyone isn't doing it, but the public is often wrong.

-dd3mon
post #7 of 30
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Originally posted by Sol_Zhen
Hop like a bunny!

Now cluck like a chicken.

Damn! It doesn't work over the internet. If it did, just think of the possibilities. I could hypmotize someone on the DIY forum to build me a bunch of stuff for free.
That's kinda limiting, I'd hit up someone (or several persons) for a blockhead and an awesome balanced source
post #8 of 30
I dunno... I won't believe it unless that person convinces me SONY MDR-V600 sounds like Orpheus w/ custom amp.
post #9 of 30
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Originally posted by lan
I dunno... I won't believe it unless that person convinces me SONY MDR-V600 sounds like Orpheus w/ custom amp.
A Bose specialist conviced me they sounded good several years ago. I hadn't thought about the hypnotizism angle.
post #10 of 30
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Originally posted by blessingx
A Bose specialist conviced me they sounded good several years ago. I hadn't thought about the hypnotizism angle.
Now there's a professional hypnotist.



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Originally posted by Sol_Zhen
Damn! It doesn't work over the internet. If it did, just think of the possibilities. I could hypmotize someone on the DIY forum to build me a bunch of stuff for free.
To get it to work, you need to use the hypnotism smiley. It's a tough one to find, but believe me, it works.
post #11 of 30
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Originally posted by MusicLover
To get it to work, you need to use the hypnotism smiley. It's a tough one to find, but believe me, it works.
Is it this one?
post #12 of 30
Back in my college days I read an article on self hypnosis. It said that some top students learn the skill of self hypnosis, and use it while studying, and especially while taking tests. Supposedly, it permits total concentration. I wondered whether this info was true, and whether it really worked, but I never tried it.
post #13 of 30
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Originally posted by MusicLover
To get it to work, you need to use the hypnotism smiley. It's a tough one to find, but believe me, it works.
...g.i.v.e..m.e..a.l.l..y.o.u.r..g.e.a.r.s....
i will be checking my mailbox in the next few days
post #14 of 30
A hypnotist tried to put me under once, but it just didn't work. I've heard some people are just way more resistant than others.

One time a friend of mine got hypnotized during a show. Unfortunately, he hadn't quite come out of it afterwards. And we...uh... had some fun with him.
post #15 of 30
Ah, hypnotism... I've always been interested in it, never really achieved any kind of deep state outside of sailing or playing BF1942, and neither are states that are terribly useful for the usual things people use hypnotism for...

Blip - funny, IIRC something like 90-97% of people can be hypnotised. Most of us enter a hypnotic state on a regular basis, such as when reading a book, playing computer games (for me, at least), watching TV (this is the whole principle on which commercials are based, that people are open to suggestion while watching TV... one more reason why I don't watch TV if I can help it), you get the idea.

But yeah, hypnotism is definitely a real thing... its effects date back to the work of (Francis?) Anton Mesmer in the 1700s IIRC, who was one of the first to apply the placebo effect on a mass scale (though he attributed it to 'animal magnetism' or somesuch) and probably date back way before that to the 'medicines' of the first tribal shamans (the majority of whose 'cures' relied on the fact that most ailments are either psychosomatic or self-healing, or can be healed through suggestion... for a modern example, read James Randi's The Faith Healers and/or get a subscription to the Skeptical Inquirer). Richard Feynman gives an account in Surely you're Joking of his experience with a stage hypnotist that's quite similar to Andrzejpw's, though a bit more detailed.
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