As a child, everyone has this rather deeply imprinted memory of some show on the television or some
real-life show at a local funfair where a weird looking man makes a couple of people from the audience
join him on the stage and follow his orders in doing funny actions. This act intrigues every child and so
were we intrigued by it once and got to know from our parents that it was a concept called hypnotism.
So when one tells you about hypnotism your first instinct is to recall a man with a pocket watch on a
string or a pendant on a chain dangling it in front of the eyes of the target subject and hypnotizing them
into a mysterious world of an unknown power that makes them do things they would not do normally.
Although it is not less than a cliché in today’s world since science has had a major influence on people’s
mind leading them towards radical thinking that stops them from believing such unnatural concepts.
Believe it or not hypnotism does exist and it is true that the hypnotist can control the mind of the
subject being hypnotized and make them do a variety of previously undone things. In fact, hypnotism is
a part of our daily life. Have you ever felt that you cannot say a “no” to someone just because they are
too charming and you get convinced by them easily? Have you ever bought something from a sales
person and later realized that you dint really have a reasonable use for that product but you have
bought it anyways? I am sure these things have happened to you and these are people who have
knowingly or unknowingly been using covert hypnosis on you. Covert hypnosis is a process of gaining
control over another person’s mind by means of a tactful conversation that may contain the right kind of
words to embark your influence on their minds with ease. The hypnotist or the one being hypnotized
may not be aware of all this being a part of hypnosis.
Street hypnosis is another theory under this category where the hypnotist somehow convinces the
subject to do things that are beyond rational thinking or critical analyses. The only thing that sets street
hypnosis apart from covert hypnosis is the fact that street hypnosis characterizes an instant hypnotic
session that comprises of a few quick steps unlike in covert hypnosis where a lot of listening, rapport
building, creating trance states, suggestibility building and gradually bringing about a permanent change
in the thought process of the individual for his own betterment is involved. Street hypnosis, on the other
hand, can be just practiced on an individual to check your own hypnotic strengths by making the subject
do things that are very simple but something normally would not be accepted by his critical mind. It is
not a therapy session unlike how covert hypnosis is used on people to get them rid of their bad habits or
inculcates in them the much required self-confidence. Street hypnosis generally involves steps like 1.)
Attention, 2.) Induction, 3.) Deepening, 4.) Suggestions 5.) Awakening.