“It’s fake!” “They are actors!” “What a load of *hit!”
These are just a few of the reviews I read after You’re Back in the Room aired on UK TV on Saturday night. For those not in the UK, it is a game show where the contestants try to complete simple tasks while in hypnosis for cash prizes, hilarity ensues.
And even though I use hypnotherapy in my practice, I kind of agree.
It is fake when it claims that the people in the show are being ‘controlled’ by Keith Barry, the stage hypnotist. No one can control you, whether you are in hypnosis or not. You are in control the entire time and those contestants could have come ‘back in the room’ any time they wanted to. But why would they? Cash is very big incentive to ‘stay in the room’, consciously and subconciously.
“They are actors”.
No- those people were not actors but they were chosen specifically for the program, it was not a random process. The way it works with all stage hypnosis acts – from Derren Brown to Keith Barry, is they put out a general casting call or vet the audience and select the people who are the most suggestible. This means that they go into hypnosis quickly and will take on suggestions made by the hypnotist the most easily.
“What a load of *hit!”
Again, I agree. Although fun to watch, stage hypnosis shows like this minimise and make a mockery of what is an effective and natural therapeutic process.
In my practice, I have had the privilege of guiding people through making profound and life changing transformations using their own inner resources.
As a proffessional hypnotherapist I abide by a code of ethics. I can not make anyone do my evil bidding or do anything that they do not want to do. People come to me to help them make changes that they want to. They are a willing participants, they have to be or it wouldn’t work.
There is no big secret.
There is no ‘acting’ in the hypnotherapy chair.
What is there, is a desire to make a change on a deep level and we do this by utilising all the resources at your disposal, including your brain. No tricks, no gimmicks, no faking and no leaving the room.