How do you hypnotize someone? Part I — Eye Fascinations
How do you hypnotize someone? Rhiannon Wade
There are many ways to hypnotize people. One of the best known and most used are Eye Fascinations or Eye Fixations. The first induction I ever performed was an eye fascination and I still use them regularly as a deepening technique. With many of my clients, it’s the fastest way to hypnotize them initially after the first session. The basic concept is the very natural process mimicking falling asleep.
The hypnotherapist tells the client to look at something that’s above eye level and pick a small spot in it. Then the client looks for an even smaller dot within that. As clients stare at the spot, the hypnotherapist repeatedly talks, usually in a very gentle voice, about how their eyes are blurring as they stare and that it’s making them blink. Next it’s mentioned that once a person starts blinking, the harder it is to stop blinking. Soon people find it more and more difficult to keep their eyes open because the upper lids are growing heavier and, once their eyes are solidly shut, they are hypnotized. Some protocols have the hypnotherapist snap their fingers and say “deep sleep” or “and you’re hypnotized” or they just say the words and don’t snap their fingers. But, in the end, all the hypnotherapist has done is guide the person to the point just before sleep — which is hypnosis.
Sometimes clients are directed to look at an object in front of them, such as a painting, a vase, a spot on the door, or even the famed pocket-watch. Sometimes the hypnotherapist will hold up a pen and have the client stare at the very, very tip of it. Hypnotherapists who work with children sometimes have them string clear beads together with some sort of clear plastic shape at the end and use that. The child then gets to take their string of beads home.