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I ran across this post on h-sleepingirl's Tumblr and I'm reblogging/posting it here, since it is more and more affirming for me to realise that I am not alone in struggling with getting hypnotic phenomena to work and being a so-called "analytical subject". Affirming, in telling me this stuff is learnable and that with enough will to succeed, it is achievable.


“Analytical subject” doesn’t mean “bad subject”…

Conscious or unconscious response?


This hung me up for the longest time. Feeling that if I was conscious/aware of a response or if I was responding consciously, it didn’t count or wasn’t “hypnosis”. Tists told me that it doesn’t matter and I couldn’t see that, I thought it mattered very much.


Finally I gave in and went with it. It seems the secret really is that how you respond (consciously or unconsciously) isn’t the issue, what matters is that you are responding. It still doesn’t quite make sense to me, but overthinking is the enemy, and accepting this lets you have a whole lot more fun with it.


Parkey put it well:


Helping the Hypnotist

Some interesting questions posed here


Reddit's hypnosis FAQ
So... since this is my blog, I get to decide what goes in here, and some of the things will simply be bookmarks for myself, with links to things I've found that I am personally interested in. Nice if my interests coincide with those of others reading this, but it's primarily for me to keep these links instead of the 50 browser tabs I keep open all the time so I don't lose the pages (and yes I know I can bookmark, but my list of bookmarks is impossible to organise so I can find anything).


Here's reddit's list of book recommendations from collected threads:


https://www.reddit.com/r/hypnosis/comments/81dkpq/book_recommendations_collected_threads/


If anyone has any to add that you've found good, please feel free.

Here's a thread I found over on reddit, that asks:


Redditors that have been "hypnotized", what actually happened? Were you playing along or was it really a trick?


it contains literally hundreds of accounts. 


I was lucky to have my first first hypnosis experience with a very good hypnotherapist who did an excellent pretalk, followed by the Chevreul's pendulum suggestibility test, which acted as a complete convincer for me when it worked brilliantly. During the induction, when I couldn't open my eyes after he suggested I try, I simply knew that even though I was quite aware and didn't feel anything but nice and relaxed, I was in fact in trance.


The thread also contain many accounts of how people felt when they carried out suggestions, many of which mesh with mine.


If you'd like to add your account of how it feels for you to be hypnotised here, feel free

I'm finding some great references round and about the internet, addressing the issues I've had for the longest time, while playing with hypnosis. I'm one of those highly analytical  and skeptical subjects who so much wants the fun others are having with it, but for whom it doesn't just come naturally.


I've been lamenting the fact that there are so many hypnotic phenomena I can't experience and that we're told to "practice, practice, practice", but in 10 months of practicing almost daily, I still don't feel like I've gotten very far. I've been thinking about it the wrong way and am finally starting to have some epiphanies about it.


See, practice is all well and good, and it's the right advice, but to practice effectively, you have to have the right mindset and the right approach to what you are trying to do. Without that, without understanding *how* to go about it, all you're doing is doing the same thing over and over and all that does is confirm that you can't do it. Do that for long enough and you start thinking "hypnosis just doesn't work for me" and we know that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.


I'm reading incessantly and have decided to collect various links I've found on this topic. I'm probably not the only one who is looking at the fun somnambulists are having, feeling quite jealous and wanting to experience the same things.


So here is Part 1 of the writings I'm finding in magical rabbit holes on the interwebs. I'm not planning to rewrite what others have already written better than I could, so it'll probably mostly be links to other people's stuff. Although no doubt I'll find way to ramble on about them a bit.


ellaenchanting writes: 

"As a naturally analytical person, I had a really hard time for YEARS with actually being, and more importantly, feeling hypnotised. Parkey experienced some of the same problem. Reading about his philosophy and progression towards being a better subject was inspiring for me at a time when I had stopped believing it was possible to learn this skill."


How to be a good subject: Blog rec for analytical types by ellaenchanting


This post has a number of very interesting links, most to Parkey's BlackMeridian blog, so if this topic interests you, here's a lovely rabbit hole to fall into. You're welcome.


Please share tips that have helped you become a better subject.



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