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  1. Is Netflix’s Hypnotic fake hypnosis?

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    Is Netflix’s Hypnotic fake hypnosis?

    Is the hypnosis in the Netflix movie Hypnotic real or fake?

    Can you actually hypnotise someone in the same way as the Netflix film Hypnotic shows?

    There is a history of films and TV showing hypnosis in a way that can create fear and misunderstanding.  If you watch a film such as Now you see Me or even the sequel Now you see me 2 both of them show amazing feats where people just drop into a deep trance at the drop of a hat. The excellent thriller Get Out by Jordan Peele also showed how hypnosis could control a character and make him unable to control himself. But are these portrayals of hypnosis real? Is Hypnotherapy really like that?

    HypnoticPosterart real or fake

    Hypnotic By Netflix the thriller where mind control takes place.

    For a full review of Hypnotic on Netflix we will all have to see the movie which is released on October 27th. According to Netflix here’s a synopsis of the plot...

    “Feeling stuck both personally and professionally, Jenn (Kate Siegel), a young woman reeling from a series of traumatic events, enlists a renowned hypnotherapist, Dr. Meade (Jason O'Mara), to help on her road to recovery. After a handful of intense sessions, terrifying events, and mysterious blackouts, Jenn soon finds herself caught in a dangerous mind game. With the help of Detective Wade Rollins (Dulé Hill), Jen looks to put the pieces together before it's too late and there are deadly consequences. Hypnotic is co-directed by filmmakers Suzanne Coote & Matt Angel both writers & directors of the Netflix thriller The Open House previously. The screenplay is written by Richard D’Ovidio. Produced by Michael J. Luisi. Netflix will release Hypnotic streaming on Netflix starting October 27th, 2021Ready to be hypnotized?”

    An idea planted in the mind will blossom into a whole new reality." Netflix has revealed an official trailer for a psychological thriller titled Hypnotic, the latest from filmmakers Suzanne Coote & Matt Angel (of The Open House previously). This will be streaming on Netflix at the end of the month. A young woman seeking self-improvement enlists the help of a renowned hypnotherapist. But after a handful of intense sessions, she soon discovers unexpected and deadly consequences. She finds herself caught in a dangerous mind game, unsure who she can trust or how to regain control over her mind again. Kate Siegel stars in Hypnotic, with a cast including Jason O'Mara as Dr. Meade, Dulé HillLucie Guest, and Jaime M. Callica.

    So how does Hypnosis work and are any of these films realistic in the way that they portray the use of hypnotherapy?

    Well. The short answer is NO!  That’s the quick version but of course it is more involved than that. If the people in these films could do the things that they do then life would probably be a little different for all of us.

    The biggest thing that most films get wrong is simply the fact that Hypnosis can’t make you do something that you would not do anyway. You can’t get control of someone’s mind. In hypnotherapy we are helping people to do things that they WANT to do. That probably makes sense to you.

    If you would like to try a little something yourself and decide if hypnosis is real or fake then here's a quick youtube video... Can I hypnotise you in 30 seconds! Have a watch and see what you think about what the mind can do to change a physical aspect of your body...

     I have written lots before about how Film and Tv show hypnosis in a way that isn't quite truthful.

    You may remember a TV gameshow called "You're Back in the Room" This was a rehash of the type of stage show that many people are familiar with.


    Keith Barry starred in the British and Australian incarnations of the show, and is also a consultant on the upcoming feature film "Now You See Me: The Second Act," which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe and Mark Ruffalo. He taught Woody Harrelson to hypnotise people and also do magic tricks for the first film in the series.

    In the American Version Taye Diggs hosted, although the show was not received well. So many people could see that rather than being hypnotised, people were just playing up for the cameras and for a chance to win money.

    Stage Hypnosis versus Hypnotherapy to help people


    There are some big differences in the perception of stage hypnosis between Great Britain and The United States. Here in the UK where I am based and a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy, I and all other members of professional bodies are not allowed to practice stage hypnosis. There are a great many rules around using hypnosis in stage entertainment and even an act of parliament: The Hypnotism act of 1952 which governs the use of hypnosis in entertainment. Of course, there are in fact a great deal of medical studies into the efficacy of hypnosis in helping with things such as giving up smoking, losing weight, helping with fears and phobias, learning to deal with stress and anxiety and even pain control. What happens on stage is different! There are many differences, and not just the fact that in the UK we spell it hypnotised and in the US hypnotized!


    In the US the profession of hypnotist can go hand in hand with stage hypnosis and many who practice hypnotherapy are also hypnotists on stage performing to crowds of students and at country fairs amongst other venues.


    The attitude towards stage hypnosis differs greatly so the reaction to the show will be interesting to watch. The show has been widely panned across the world on social media and in the press for being fake. Part of the reason for this is because in stage hypnotism then there really is no need to actually hypnotise someone, it is all about compliance.


    You can watch a short video below all about the secrets of Back in the Room: The way that compliance is used shows why the type of use that we see in Netflix Hypnotic Movie is far removed from real life.


    Does any of this really matter?

    Does it Matter if the movies and TV show hypnosis in a scary way?

    Well, if you can tell the difference then I am all for some entertainment and laughter too. The only think to bear in mind is that after watching a film like Hypnotic on Netflix some people may choose not to get help using hypnotherapy because they are worried about mind control.

    So, as I started this blog I want to end it... You can't make people do things that they do not want to do with hypnosis....but you can help them with things that they do want to do!

    And now....why not take just a moment to try One Minute Mindfulness and see how using your mind to relax can be easier than you imagine...

  2. Kirstie and Phil want to Hypnotise property owners to forget about their location location location as they decide whether to buy or not to buy

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    Kirstie and Phil want to Hypnotise property owners to forget about their location location location as they decide whether to buy or not to buy

    There have been many attempts to try to use hypnosis in TV shows to draw in viewers although most have sunk without trace or been open to ridicule such as the ITV show “You’re Back in the Room” which rated poorly and most people realised was not even that amusing.

    Following in those footsteps are Channel 4 who are launching a new property show that will see property hunters undergo hypnotherapy before being sent back to their own homes...supposedly forgetting that they live there.

    Woman thinking about house for hypnosis property show

    Can you hypnotise someone to forget where they live and what their house looks like?

    The rather strange premise is that the show's participants will view their own houses as strangers would do after undergoing hypnotherapy, and they'll then try to identify what might stop prospective buyers from parting with their cash. Of course we have to assume that this is something that is possible. Right away the idea of someone actually forgetting their own house when it is full of reminders of them seems a little suspect. Even if you remove all their personal things our houses are full of reminders such as smells and other ways our senses would remind us.

    "It's a Crazy idea"

    A quote from one of the shows producers said: "It’s a crazy idea but it actually works and will make great TV. Seeing your own property with fresh eyes is a new concept and can really help sellers struggling to work out why they can’t get a buyer. The creators hope it will garner a cult following plus provide a lot of laughs."

    The new show is being developed by the same firm behind 'Location, Location, Location' – which is hosted by Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer – and filming is due to begin this winter.

    Channel 4 bosses are also planning to hand the unnamed show a prime-time slot on the TV schedule.

    'Location, Location, Location' was launched on Channel 4 in 2000, and although it's proven to be a huge hit with viewers, Kirstie previously insisted it isn't to blame for the rise in property prices across the UK.

    Speaking about the housing price boom and defending her show she said "It’s not the fault of 'Location, Location, Location' that the property market has gone mad. Because Jamie Oliver does a cookery show, does that mean he’s responsible for obesity? I’ve lobbied successive housing ministers to change the appalling way we sell houses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – it’s different in Scotland. But nothing has happened. It’s still a mess. What we’re telling is the story of people’s hopes and dreams. That’s why the programme has endured."

    I think it is fair to say that Location Location Location has endured because we all like a sneaky look into other people’s homes to see how they live and if there are any ideas that we would like to use for ourselves.

    The problem with a property show about hypnosis - is the hypnosis fake?

    The problem with a show like this is that the questions about faking and lying will be there right at the start. Are the people on the show faking that they cannot remember their own houses?

    Well, look at it this way. If you see a stage hypnosis show the people who get up on stage want to be there. They want to do wacky things and be in front of people. You can’t make people do things they do not want to do by hypnotising them.

    When the ITV game show “You’re Back in the Room” was on, it was pretty clear that the people on it wanted to be on TV and that will clearly be the same here.

    Let’s not hold our breath for this show, as it sounds very much like the kind of programme that may not even make it to air.

     If you want to find out more about the kind of person who appears on a TV show about Hypnosis and if hypnosis TV shows are fake then here's an explainer...