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Hypnosis Training Video #269: Dead Series – Part II – Why the Suggestibility Test and Hypnotist’s Use of the Words “Wake Up,” “Sleep,” and “Under Hypnosis” Should Be Dead!

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Dead Series – Part II – Why the Suggestibility Test and Hypnotist’s Use of the Words “Wake Up,” “Sleep,” and “Under Hypnosis” Should Be Dead!

We are continuing the Dead Series on this episode of Hypnosis, Etc. on In today’s episode, I talk about the reasons why the suggestibility test should be laid to rest, i.e., because it can negatively impact your client’s potential for success when using hypnosis and is not needed as a test for permissive or directive tone.

I then, discuss why hypnotist’s and hypnotherapist’s use of the words “wake up,” “sleep,” and “under hypnosis” should also be dead. I also share some valuable information where you can get free hypnosis training on The Elman-Banyan Rapid Induction and The Eight Word Hypnotic Induction.

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Today’s Discussion Points:

  • Why you should not perform suggestibility tests in your hypnotherapy practice.
  • How the suggestibility test may lower your client’s confidence and rob your client’s potential for success when using hypnosis.
  • Why you don’t need suggestibility testing to determine whether you need to proceed in a permissive or directive tone.
  • Why the words “wake up,” “sleep,” and “under hypnosis” should not be used in hypnosis.
  • Learn where you can get free hypnosis training on The Elman-Banyan Rapid Induction and Cal Banyan’s The Eight Word Hypnotic Induction.


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4 Reader Comments to Hypnosis Training Video #269: Dead Series – Part II – Why the Suggestibility Test and Hypnotist’s Use of the Words “Wake Up,” “Sleep,” and “Under Hypnosis” Should Be Dead!

  1. Michael Goldblatt March 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Fantastic website for someone like myself that is relatively new to hypnosis. I am an anesthesiologist in Adelaide Australia who is new to hypnosis. Fast game is a good game so i love your 8 word induction etc..
    I use the “finger magnet” suggestibility test because physiologically it has to work. If it doesn’t then they are consciously resisting a natural phenomenon-therefore if it works it inspires confidence,if it doesn’t then I can emphasise how important it is to follow my instructions exactly and let whatever happens happen-again this reinforces confidence in the process and does not give any suggestion of failure but emphasises what i have said in the pretalk

  2. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH March 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Hi Michael – Thanks so much for leaving your comment! It is good that we can all have a professional and respectful conversation about this and other controversial topics.

    By the way, speaking of controversial topics, the NGH is going to start a new column in the Journal of Hypnotism on hypnosis controversies which will be written by Elronn and me. We hope we can continue to “stir things up” in a professional and respectful manner.

    It is normal in all of the professions for intelligent and informed people to differ in their opinions, sometimes agreeing and other times disagreeing. I’m glad to hear that you like the 8 Word Induction, for example. On this we agree. 🙂

    Michael, I’m going to continue to take my stand against suggestibility test, and suggest that everyone bypass the “finger magnet suggestibility test” as well.
    Here is why:

    – Just as with all the other suggestibility tests, we have the chance of a client failure. Client failure does nothing to improve their confidence in hypnosis, themselves, or in you. I no longer take this chance with my clients, and I suggest that others do the same. Think about it, the professional hypnotist sees 100 clients over a particular period of time, and only 10% fail the test, the ten clients have had an experience with her that can definitely affect her confidence in hypnosis, her ability to do hypnosis, and in the hypnotherapist. This alone makes it not worth it. But, I’ll go on to make, what I believe is another important point.

    – Finally, I remember seeing and experiencing the Finger Magnet Suggestibility Test for the first time, and all I could think was that “this has nothing to do with suggestibility, and physiology is the cause of the fingers coming together”. As a result, the person leading the test came across as being either ill-informed or just plain deceptive. My confidence in him went down several notches immediately, and if I had been a client, it probably would have reduced my confidence in the profession as a whole. With this in mind, I will concede that this may be a good suggestibility test for children but not for adults. BUT, as I write this, I’m thinking we don’t really need a suggestibility test for children because they are so naturally suggestible.

    Looking at the test as it is used, I don’t believe it is really a good test for suggestibility, but rather a questionable test for compliance. Just as there is no need for suggestibility tests, I don’t see much need for a test of compliance before the session begins. I test for compliance by asking the question, “Would you like to do hypnosis with me now?” and watch their response. If there is any sign of fear or unwillingness to continue on to the session, I realize that the pre-talk is not complete.

    Thanks again for your input. I appreciate it very much and I hope you will continue to comment here.

    Let’s do GREAT things together,

  3. Celeste Hackett March 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Dear Hypno-Renegade,

    That’s you Cal LOL! I am loving this series it is so informative and fun. I am so glad you are doing it.

    Also I want to let everyone know that if you didn’t make it to Solid Gold in February you missed an EXCELLENT event! Beyond the amazing info presented there and the great networking opportunities, I got to meet my CO co-hosts, Elron and Meredith in person! Wish I had gotten a pic of us three all in one place with you Cal!

    Anaeheim FIRED me up with enthusiasm for hypnosis all over again and for my business!

    I can’t wait for the August convention. The latest Journal of Hypnotism has been mailed out and there are amazing seminars and workshops. Mine and Merediths were accepted after the journal went to print, but we’ll be there.

    I am presenting on “Using Hypnosis to Accelerate the Grief Process” and on “How to Have Success with Age Regression”. To my knowledge Meredith’s is on “Professionally Integrating Spirituality”. I’m not sure if that is the exact title of her presentation, but it ought to be exciting!

    I also just want to say that something very strange has happened. When I first became a hypnotist I am pretty sure my family wasn’t on board with the whole business at all. For examply my husband, when I first started taking clients from our apartment really didn’t think a hypnosis business would work at all. He admitted this to me later, but went along with me, at the time, to humor me.

    My Mother told me more than once that she didn’t “put much stock in” hypnosis either. Since then, hearing my stories and seeing that I’m STILL doing this stuff and AM making quite a nice living at it, I guess they have changed their minds because my hubby, my TWO sisters (one now a hypnotist), and my MOTHER will all be at the convention in August!

    Now to be fair, my Mom will really only be at the hotel as will one of my sisters, but for some reason they couldn’t stay away from the excitement and had to tag along LOL! Can I take them all to the 5path dinner LOL!? I gotta do SOMETHING with them!

    Anyway, I just had to share that the August convention is turning into a family vacation!

    I sure hope that EVERY hypnotist who see this or has any thought of going to the August conventioin will go. There is NOTHING like seeing other hypnotists LIVE and in person, along with the hypnosis shows, the dinner, dance and awards ceremony. It is going to be a hollywood like hypnosis time! Full of glam, glitter and fascinating hypnosis techniques to ramp up your business!

    Keep being extraordinary Cal!

    Celeste Hackett

  4. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH March 25, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Hi Celeste! I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying the topic. I don’t mind shaking things up if it is going to help to lift the profession to a new level.

    You are so right on about the NGH convention. I have never missed one since I went to the 1996 convention (the year I became certified and went full time).

    I look forward to seeing you and your family there, especially at the 5-PATH dinner. We are going to have a GREAT time!

    With you on the Path,

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