Post Hypnotic Suggestion Experiment

by Nelson

Include this fine hypnotic test in the course of your program, or use it singly as a perfect demonstration of 'post hypnotic suggestion. 1

Select a subject who is desirous of 'breaking the cigarette habit', and explain thru post hypnotic suggestions, the smoking of cigarettes will no longer prove a pleasure — in fact, become distasteful and consequently, the habit can be broken.

Subject is seated on chair - told to completely relax. Go thru the regular procedure of putting the subject to sleep, but whether or not real hypnotism occurs, you can still perform this feat - and with equal succe ss.

Once the subject's eyes are closed and they appear in a passive state (though not necessarily hypnotized), patter along these lines. "Sleep - sleep - fast asleep. Deeper and deeper in sleep. You hear my voice only. Sleep and fast asleep. " Now turn to the spectators and explain - "The subject is now in a very light hypnotic sleep - can hear my voice and understand my requests. It is frequent for the subject to THINK they are not hypnotized - when all the time they are in a light hypnotic trance. This subject is now susceptible to my suggestions and I wish to demonstrate the phenomena of 'post hypnotic suggestion1. Please observe closely. "

To the subject - "On the count of three and the snap of my fingers, you will awaken and feel quite refreshed. However, on awakening, I want you to ask me for a cigarette. You will feel the urge to smoke. Light your cigarette, but it will afford you little pleasure. The cigarette will taste harsh and BITTER. And each time you smoke, you will note this bitterness until you no longer wish to smoke. And you will of your own volition, put out the cigarette. This will reoccur whenever you smoke. And now, one-two-three - AWAKEN!

Subject opens eyes - requests cigarette (or you give them one if there is any lengthy delay. Subject lights same - experiences a disagreeable taste and bitterness and discards cigarette - proof positive of the power of the post hypnotic suggestion.

Hypnotist can say that it undoubtedly would be necessary to repeat the experiment several times to completely break the cigarette habit.

Here's the HYPNO-TRIX! A cheat but a subtle one. Performer places a little preparation known as 'Bitter-Cig' on end of cigarette, replaces in package and offers this to subject. When smoked, causes a bitter taste and harmless unpleasant sensation. Even though the subject wasn't actually hypnotized, they believe they were under hypnosis, and though you 'cheated' you accomplished the same successful result.

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