Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hyper-Suggestibility and Common Examples of Natural Hypnosis, Part 1

(This blog was originally posted on July 13, 2016)

Photo by Rick Hustead

Definition of Hypnosis: “Hypnosis is created by an overload of message units disorganizing our inhibitory process (critical mind), triggering our fight/flight mechanism and ultimately resulting in a hyper-suggestible state, providing access to the subconscious mind.” 

Earlier this afternoon, I had the honor of describing a common aspect of my work as a certified hypnotherapist to my business-marketing group, the Network Referral Group of the Santa Clarita Valley. In this presentation, I described what environmental factors that can trigger a hyper-suggestible state of awareness and affects our behavior. Following is a list of various ways we can be (and have been) hypnotized by the environment.

Examples and Triggers of a Hyper-Suggestible State:

  • Driving past your intersection, street, etc. because you are thinking about something else.
  • Appointment with the doctor, investment broker, accountant, etc., law-enforcement officers, etc., any professional that is “out of your scope of expertise” and you tend to zone out listening to explanations, definitions, etc.
  • Being glued to the television, etc. watching a police chase or incoming reports about a natural disaster, fire, overseas military activity, etc. not directly related to you, you just feel you “can’t turn away.” Also, continually watching on-line video of hostage executions, etc., for the same reason.
  • Missing what someone said to you in a conversation because you were busy thinking about what you should say next or even something completely different.
  • Popularity of Poke-Mon Go: more people walking, looking for the icons in the game. Authorities advising people to not play game while driving, do play on public transit
  • The Internet: Surfing, commenting on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/etc. Do you sometimes say/post something you wish you hadn’t because you were caught up in the moment?
  • Reactions of the passengers on airlines on 9/11: Initially, they listened to and believed what the terrorists told them to do and believed they were on the way back to the airport, there would be a ransom and release, etc.
  • Making purchases on-line, shopping sprees, etc., per encouragement of TV advertisements and in-store representatives
  • Get so caught up watching the action in a movie/television series and become sad, enraged, happy, etc., about the action going on in the story. Did you cry when Jack Dawson died in Titanic? Spend all last summer worried/wondering about Jon Snow’s fate at the end of the fifth and sixth season of Game of Thrones?
  • Panic buying/selling of stocks after Brexit, other world events or market corrections. Also, feeling pressured to buy into a “Once-in-a-Lifetime Deal!” that is obviously a marketing ploy to make a quick sale.
  • Mob behavior/copy-cat crimes based on what was seen on-line, news, social media, etc. For example, "Flash Mobs" and copy-cat crimes that have been promoted or described on social media.

In tomorrow’s blog, I will provide some tips to help return/maintain a fully alert and aware state no matter what is going on around you.

Sara R. Fogan, C.Ht. is a certified hypnotherapist based in Southern California. She graduated with honors from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in 2005. For more information about Calminsense Hypnotherapy® and to set up an appointment, please visit
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