Why does it look like mind control when someone is under hypnosis?
Why does it look like mind control when someone is under hypnosis? Niall Wade
The reason people confuse hypnosis with things like mind control is that most people only see examples of hypnotized people in movies and on TV. But those people aren’t really hypnotized; they’re actors pretending to be hypnotized.
Many years ago, when hypnosis first became popularly known, plays and books started distorting hypnosis to use it for dramatic purposes. The hypnotist became a villain, often a wizard or vampire, who would use his “powers” to make the other characters do evil things like murder. The actors’ faces look almost frozen, zombie-like — just like you think they would be if they were actually under someone else’s control and their own mind and will power have been taken away. But this is all pretend.
If you want to see someone who is actually under hypnosis, you’ll notice that at stage hypnosis shows, people are usually slumped over in their chairs and they look like they are sleeping.
But in no way can any hypnotist or hypnotherapist ever make someone do anything that they personally believe is wrong. A person’s moral, core beliefs are sacrosanct and cannot be affected or changed. You can also never be made to do something that would hurt you personally. Hypnosis consists of suggestions and the subconscious mind will always reject the dangerous ones.