What is Instant Induction Hypnosis?

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Instant induction hypnosis, also known as an instant trance or instant hypnosis, is the term used to describe a person being instantly led into a hypnotic state. There are many levels and types of hypnosis ranging from self-hypnosis to conversational hypnosis and several other ways of training the mind toward deeper relaxation and suggestibility. A person seeking to experience a state of instant induction hypnosis is typically led into it by a hypnotherapist or other trained practitioner through the use of a single physical action and command.

In order to undergo instant induction hypnosis, a person is usually first asked to consent to becoming hypnotized. Instant induction hypnosis normally does not happen during an initial hypnosis session, however. First, a person usually undergoes another type of hypnosis in order to enter an altered state of consciousness and awareness.

While in a hypnotized state, a hypnotist asks a person to consent to instant induction hypnosis in a future session. If a person agrees to this, the hypnotist will then instruct the person to instantly enter a trance-like state at the mere mention of a trigger word that is usually accompanied by a physical action, such as lowering the client’s hand at the same time the trigger word is spoken. An example would be that each time the hypnotist lowers a subject’s raised hand at the same time the word “sleep” is spoken, the subject will instantly enter a hypnotized state.


Commonly seen in entertainment acts and other hypnosis demonstrations, people interested in learning to do instant hypnosis often assume that it is an easily acquired skill. In reality, however, hypnotists do not usually learn to perform instant induction hypnosis until spending time studying, practicing and mastering other hypnosis theories and techniques first. Learning to do instant hypnosis takes a level of skill and confidence on the part of the hypnotist that takes time and effort to acquire. In order for instant induction hypnosis to be effective, the subject must also have confidence and trust in the abilities of the hypnotist.

Instant induction hypnosis can be helpful in treating a variety of personal issues for which a person may seek hypnotherapy. It is also a more convenient method for hypnotherapists to use during a session with clients, as this technique cuts down on the amount of time usually needed to guide a person into an altered state of awareness. After entering an instant trance, the session is generally geared toward addressing the same issue the client is seeking help for with the only difference being the amount of time it took to usher the subject into this state.


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