Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy EZine

July 2006 Issue
Welcome to the "The Hypnotic Edge."

Let me extend to you a whole-hearted "WELCOME" to the July, 2006 issue."

George's Message:

I can't believe that it's already July. June was my busiest month yet - one corporate seminar after another. It seems like only yesterday (actually, it was over 12 years ago) that I did my first hypnosis-related seminar for a Fortune 500 company - Typin Steel. The regional manager was a true visionary who understood the value of teaching hypnotic communication skills to his sales force. Then there was Randy Scheer, at that time a product manager for the Lipton Tea Company. Lipton spent millions of dollars on a television commercial and couldn't understand why it wasn't getting the expected results. Randy brought me to Lipton to work with a group of people selected to view the commercial and relate their responses to it, first in the fully conscious state, then while in hypnosis. I was to also test market the packaging of one of the products featured in the commercial. Each person would look at the specific product and record his/her immediate responses to the size, shape, color, etc., of the product's packaging. I would then hypnotize the person and record his/her subconscious responses. We were looking to get people's immediate unconscious responses to the commercial and featured product. Lipton modified the television commercial and chose the packaging based on the results we got. The general public would have been truly surprised if they knew that Lipton's success with its new product was due to a study done using hypnosis.

It really puzzles me that more hypnotists/hypnotherapists aren't entering the corporate world in capacities other than smoking cessation. The above mentioned Lipton study was ground-breaking, and today more and more opportunities are available to hypnotists to work with sales teams, upper management, and focus groups. I am presently working one-on-one with several CEOs of major companies. I urge you to get out there and make yourself known to as many companies as you can. It can truly be a win-win situation, profitable on many levels.

Hypnosis Certification Poster with George and Veronica Why hypnotize just one when you can do all three!

As I mentioned in last month's E-Zine, the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) has changed hands. Linda and Bob Otto are long-time friends of mine. Linda will make a great Executive Director, and Bob will make a great President. Yet, seeing Jillian LaVelle step down as President/CEO does have its sad side for me. During the years when I was the Principal Trainer for IACT, Jillian and I shared many hours of stimulating conversation, laughter and tears. We even danced together. George Bien dancing, can you believe it? (Jillian is a great dancer who doesn't stop dancing from the moment she gets on a dance floor until she leaves the dance club - a bundle of energy). Jillian and I have known each other for about 20 years. She is a brilliant visionary and leader who has catapulted the IACT to global recognition. I want to openly acknowledge her and wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Hypnotherapy Graduating Class

The American Society of Integrative Counselors and Therapists (ASICT) continues to expand its chapters throughout Asia. Wai Meng waimeng@cherubim.com.sg
is the driving force in Singapore. Anyone interested in forming chapters in Malaysia, Indonesia, China and India, can contact me for details and the necessary prerequisites: georgebien@aol.com.

"Hypnotic Edge Spotlight of the Month"


Mr. Jacob Bimblich, CHT, FASH

Jacob Bimblich, Master Hypnotherapist

Jacob Bimblich, CHT, FASH
Executive Director
Institute for Advanced Studies
in Hypnosis
and Holistic Sciences

This is just a fraction
of what Jacob
has accomplished.
Find out more about this prominent, award-winning hypnotherapist at: www.jacobbimblich.com
Contact Jacob at: bimblich@prodigy.net

Jacob Bimblich is a pioneer in the field of hypnotherapy and hypnotic research. He is a Life Member of the National Psychiatric Association, a Fellow and Charter Member of the Academy of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and past president of the New York Society for Ethical Hypnosis. He is the Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Hypnosis and Holistic Sciences. In addition, he has been a member of Mensa for over 30 years, and past member of its Board of Directors.

Jacob has been featured on numerous radio and television programs, including: The Joe Franklin Show, Good Day New York, Mind Light, Discovering Hypnosis, George Bien Presents, and the Gary Null Show.

He has served on a professional panel for the New York State Office of Mental Health on alternative ways of coping with mental illness, and conducted workshops for patients at the Bronx Psychiatric Center. Mr. Bimblich conducts lectures and workshops at the prestigious New York Alternative Health Center and the New York Institute of Technology Counseling and Wellness Center, and clinical hypnosis workshops for psychiatrists at the department of psychiatry of the State University of New York Down State Medical Center.

Ask George:

I received the following email from an e-zine subscriber:

Dear George,

You wrote some good points in your e-zine on how to deal with stage fright, and I'm sure that many people benefited by your suggestions. My problem however, is a bit different. I have absolutely no difficulty getting up and speaking in front of any size group of people. My challenge is (from what I'm told) that I display an expressionless face and my voice is monotonous. My job requires that I do presentations on a regular basis, and I want to excite people rather than have them tune out. I feel emotions while I'm speaking, but somehow they don't seem to be reflected in my facial expressions and voice. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Dear Michael

Since I don't know your personal life history, it's a bit difficult to get into specifics. However, there are some things that I would suggest. I have found that many people (not all) who have monotonous voices and faces void of expression, have learned very early in their lives NOT to express anger. As children they may have been told that expressing any negative emotions is not socially acceptable and is a downright bad thing to do. They realized that strong feeling are difficult to control, and then may have subsequently bought into the belief that ANY strong feeling is not acceptable, whether good or bad. This then became another case of "learned limitations". "If nobody knows what or how I'm feeling, I won't be punished. I'm safe when I hide my feelings." This may or may not be exactly what you experienced Michael, but you may have subconsciously made some sort of similar decision a long time ago.

Here is something that can help. This is one of many exercises I have students do in my "Speaking with Power" seminar. You will need to find someone to do this exercise with you (ask one of your closer friends). If you truly cannot find another person with whom to do the exercise, do it by yourself facing a wall. Find a place where you can shout without getting arrested, or being a nuisance to others. If you are doing it with someone make sure that you explain the exercise to him/her before proceeding or you might end up with an ex-friend. The two of you are to stand, facing each other (if you're alone, face a wall). Set a timer for one minute, and begin shouting at each other (if you're alone, shout at the wall).

Here are the rules:

  1. Shout as loudly as possible (without straining).
  2. Continue looking at the other person's face (or wall, if alone) while shouting.
  3. Use as many hand and facial gestures as possible.
  4. Continue shouting and using hand and facial gestures non-stop for the full minute.
  5. You can use some strong words, but avoid profanity - you have too much class for that.

Some people find this exercise extremely difficult to do at first. Then there are those who say, "But I'm not angry." Hey, we've all been hurt, rejected, manipulated, insulted, ridiculed (shall I go on?) at some time in our lives. It may be very spiritual to just say, "These are lessons I needed to learn, and I'll just flow with the spiritual waters of the universe." And this may well be true, but there's an old saying in the field of hypnotherapeutics - "What is not expressed, finds expression!" This exercise not only helps people overcome shyness and/or bring more emotion into their facial expressions and voices, but also helps non-reactive people purge years of suppressed emotions. And once they get into the spirit of the exercise, people often report that they feel lighter, more liberated and much more positive. In class the exercise usually begins with tremendous shouting and ends with uncontrollable laughter. Now, that's worth experiencing!

Best always,

Email your questions to: georgebien@aol.com
Note: Do to space considerations, only one or two questions can be answered each month. Priority will be given to questions relating to the theme of the month.

Back to Basics:

Continued from last month's issue:
"At this point, some people seem surprised, others not their heads in agreement, and there are others who still need more explanation . . . . ."

I continue, "The skill of hypnosis is related to the human ability to imagine, which means to internally create sensations belonging to the senses of sight, taste, smell, hearing, and kinesthetic sensations, including skin contact. With proper training, this ability can be readily increased. If imagination is an ability to duplicate the outside world internally - to embellish it, change it, improve it, or distort it - hypnosis is the ability to fully immerse oneself in this internal mental activity." Again, I calibrate responses from the audience.

Then I say, "In the hypnotic state, a person has control of more than his or her selectivity or will power; they are in control of all their faculties. The person can hear, see, feel, smell, taste, speak, walk, and so forth. Though they may sometimes appear to be unconscious, they are actually completely aware and can therefore cooperate. However, there is one faculty that the person does let go of - the critical faculty." Since this might scare some of the people, I explain: "This simply means that if you give a person a suggestion which pleases them and which seems emotionally and morally reasonable, they will accept it despite the fact that under ordinary circumstances they might consider it an impossible suggestion. For example, you can induce total recall, even if the subject ordinarily has a poor memory. They accept the suggestion because they know that it is good for them, but their critical faculty - the disbelief that such fantastic feats are possible - is bypassed in hypnosis."

Hypnosis Class

At this point, I usually go right up to a member of the audience who calibrated as totally involved in the presentation (note that I didn't administer even one specific suggestibility test - rising and falling arms, hands drawing together, etc. - up to this point), look directly at them and say, "There are three requisites for hypnosis - the consent of the subject; a comfortable communication between the hypnotist and the subject; and freedom from fear on the part of the subject, with no reluctance to trust the hypnotist." As I continue looking directly at the person, I then say, "You'd like to experience this fantastic, life-changing process, wouldn't you? It's nice to let go of all that stress and strain, isn't it? Your eyelids are getting heavier and heavier now, aren't they? It would feel so wonderful when you closed them, wouldn't it?" As the person's eyelids begin to flutter, I touch them gently on the forehead and say, "Deep sleep!" The first visual proof for the audience has been established.

You might be wondering why I didn't use any suggestibility tests. Actually, to create hetero-hypnosis, we need, "Imaginative Excitement", "Mental Expectancy", and "Hypnotic Rapport". The Imaginative Excitement was what brought the person to the presentation. The Mental Expectancy was evident from his/her imaginative involvement, and the Hypnotic Rapport was corroborated by their response to my proximity.

More on "Back to Basics" and "Effective Hypnosis Presentations" in the next issue.

Hypnosis Tidbit:

Freud and Hypnosis

Most people have heard or read that Sigmund Freud considered hypnosis to be dangerous. In one incident he claimed that a young woman, while in a trance, jumped up and kissed him on the lips (the actual story is not quite as exciting). What some people don't know is that Freud controlled pain by using cocaine leaves between his cheeks and gums. This eventually destroyed his gums, causing his dentures not to fit properly. Hence, he could not speak clearly enough to hypnotize people effectively. As Freud began to develop his system of psychoanalysis, various theoretical considerations, as well as his difficulty in hypnotizing some patients, led him to discard hypnosis in favor of free association. Freud's denouncement of hypnosis greatly damaged its credibility for many years, especially with the medical community. Hypnotherapy was probably set back 50 years because of Freud's lack of "hypnotizing ability".

Freud did however believe in the efficacy of hypnosis and was quoted as saying, "There is no doubt that the field of hypnotic treatment is far more extensive than that of other methods of treating nervous illnesses." He also said, "Everything that has been said and written about the great dangers of hypnosis belongs to the realm of fable." In addition, Freud also declared that, if psychotherapy was to be really useful it would have to be used along with hypnosis. Now, why I was never taught this in school?

Useful hints for the practicing hypnotherapist:

Because of all the requests I've been getting to talk a bit about my take on hypnotic inductions, I'll save what I planning to write about this month (hypnotic languaging) for another issue. Below are a few practical hints for using some common inductions.

The "Eye-Fixation" induction is good to use with clients who have no visual problems and who can concentrate and relax well. Experienced subject usually respond quickly to this induction. Note: If your client doesn't appear to be responding well, switch to the "Eye Blink" technique. Have the client begin blinking his/her eyes, slowly at first, then increasing the tempo. This usually tires the eyelids enough that the client allows them to close.

The "Hand Levitation" induction is good to use with clients who exhibit some degree of muscle tension or nervousness. This induction creates a high overload, so it can work well with inexperienced "first-timers". It is also good for experienced clients who can relate well to feelings of lightness. If the client is a good visualizer, use a "Fantasized Hand Levitation" (Have them imagine, in their mind's eye, their hand lifting higher and higher). If the client appears to be relaxing so much that his/her hand doesn't seem to be moving, or it appears to actually be getting heavier, switch to an "Arm Drop" induction. In this case, a "Repetitive Movement" of their hand can also be effective. While they are concentrating on their hand/arm, begin moving it gently, left to right, while giving them suggestions of either lightness (if their hand appears to be lifting), or heaviness (if their hand appears to be moving down).

The "Arm Drop" induction is good to use with subjects who can relax well. If the client has visual problems, perform the induction with their eyes closed. This induction is also good to use with experienced clients who can relate well to feelings of heaviness. If the client appears to be holding his/her arm out indefinitely, or if his/her hand moves down but stops before it comes to rest in the lap, switch to the "Hand Clasp" induction.

Remember, these are only general suggestions. Since every client is unique, calibrate his/her responses carefully to determine which induction is the most suitable.

Quote of the month . . . .

I absolutely love the following quote by Edith Armstrong that Jacob Bimblich displays on his website: www.jacobbimblich.com

"I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Whenever doubt, anxiety or fear, try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal - and they will soon forget my number." -Edith Armstrong

The above quote reminds me of something Shakespeare said that my good friend Gene Marabello often quotes:"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt." -William Shakespeare

Make a commitment to schedule certain times of each day, to live your life putting all doubts aside. Then begin increasing those scheduled times. This little exercise has done wonders for me.

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In the next issue . . . . .

More on hypnosis inductions and hypnotherapeutic strategies, and a continued discussion of hypnosis presentations!

See you them.

Best always,


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