Thursday, January 4, 2018

World Hypnotism Day

We have another unique day to share with you today. It's World Hypnotism Day. If you've ever looked into the eyes of a cat, you know what it feels like to be relaxed and completely under their control. Truffle definitely has the most hypnotic eyes.
Truffle - "Look into my eyes. It's treat time!"

We don't think hypnotism is a bad thing if it's used appropriately...



The mission of World Hypnotism Day is to remove the myths and misconceptions of hypnotism while promoting the truth and benefits to people. Hypnotism is a technique where one can access the subconscious mind, which is why there are some fearful misconceptions. People are fearful that if someone puts them under hypnosis that he has power over them. Hypnotism can help people solve problems, achieve goals, overcome fears, and possibly end addictions. World Hypnotism Day exists for people to learn more about hypnotism and the positive things that can be achieved.


Brulee with her hypnotic stare

Mom Paula is very susceptible to hypnosis and is willing to share three different times she was hypnotized by someone: one was unintentional and the other two were by design.


  • The first time Mom Paula was hypnotized was when she was taking a graduate course and a hypnotist was brought in to talk about hypnosis to help the teachers with relaxation. He did a group hypnosis session and Mom Paula went under. She doesn't remember too much about what was said now, but she remembers being very relaxed and aware of what was happening in the room the entire time. This hypnosis therapist sold relaxation tapes (remember those old cassette tapes) and Mom Paula purchased one. The first time she tried it at home, she was going under and beginning to relax until the phone rang and caused her to jump really high. She learned from that experience to take the phone off the hook (yes, it was that long ago) before doing the self hypnosis. She really enjoyed those sessions and wishes she still had the cassette.
  • The second time Mom Paula was hypnotized in an individual session with a trained counselor. Mom Paula had been diagnosed with clinical depression as a result of obsessive/compulsive/perfectionism and couldn't relax. This therapist asked her if she'd like to try hypnosis to help with relaxation and the depression. Mom Paula said yes. The room was very quiet and she thinks there was some type of music or white noise in the background. The therapist talked her through a lot of positive thoughts and Mom Paula was aware of what was happening in the room the entire time. When Mom Paula was brought out of the hypnosis, she was a little better and could remember some of the main discussion points during the session, but not all of them. Mom Paula had to go for more intense therapy sessions later with a psychiatrist to help with the diagnoses, but has never been hypnotized again.
  • The third time Mom Paula almost was hypnotized was when she went to one of those comedy/magic shows with some girlfriends where a hypnotist was on stage. Several volunteers went to the stage to participate in some activities, but Mom Paula stayed in her seat. As the hypnotist was beginning to put the volunteers under on the stage, Mom Paula's sister had to redirect Mom Paula's focus because she was "going under" too. 

We know we tend to joke about us hypnotizing Mom Paula in order to give us treats because of our hypnotic stares, but hypnotism is something, if used appropriately by a trained therapist, can help humans overcome something going on in their lives. Mom Paula thinks she's going to try and find some more relaxation tapes.

21 comments:

  1. I wish I could hypnotize my momma to make me some bacon. MOL!

    But seriously, we has heard hypnotism can help peeps. My momma has nefur tried it - she are too much of a control freak.

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  2. How interesting to hear about Mom Paula’s hypnotism experiences. And that they didn’t make her cluck like a chicken. ;) (just kidding!)

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  3. Such pretty kitties. Hypnosis fascinates me, I have had friends who had it done for weight loss, but I haven't tried it.

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  4. My human is practically impossible to hypnotize - not even by kitties! So you KNOW she is a really tough case!

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  5. Our Mom, at one point, was a certified hypnotherapist, that could be why Dad does the house cleaning MOL!

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  6. You girls really do have hypnotic eyes! Mom Peggy listened to relaxation tapes when she quit smoking 25 years ago. Not real sure if they worked, but she did finally quit.

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  7. I have been hypnotized before, by a therapist, and then I had a couple of cassette tapes I used to listen to for relaxation. It really helped me. Now I just try to meditate every day, and that's helpful too.

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  8. Miss Truffle is especially convincing ... I feel myself handing over everything her heart desires ;)

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  9. LOL this is hilarious! My daughter and I were just talking about something like this with our own cat who totally creeps me out sometimes with the way she stares into our eyes! Who knows maybe catnosis is a real thing!

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    1. I love it! I will use the term "catnosis" in the future!

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  10. Remember to use your hypnotism powers for good! Treats (in moderation) sounds like it qualifies.

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  11. Oh Truffle,
    I could stare into those eyes all day. Cat's eyes are the most comforting and hypnotic thing ever and if I get a blink periodically during the stare, I consider myself blessed!
    The Female Human of The Tribe of Five

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  12. I read some interesting things about that; such as using it to stop smoking habit ... The key here would be the quality of the professional performing it.

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  13. Truffle, you are quite the hypnotic beauty. Let Mom Paula know about the free app Insight Timer. It’s for meditation, which is not as deep of a state as hypnosis. But maybe meditating would help tide her over while she looks for more relaxation tapes.

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  14. What an interesting post, Layla woofs she must do a course so she can hypnotize me for treats instead of food LOL

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  15. I have never been hypnotised, it does a really interesting experience and a helpful one for those dealing with stress. I need to do this!!!

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  16. I have never tried hypnosis but Kilo certainly looks deep into my eyes begging for treats too- it works on me. I am very interested in learning more about hypnosis and mindfulness for the treatment of anxiety.

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  17. I've heard that hypnotism can be very effective at helping or treating many things. maybe I should try that to quit smoking?!

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  18. Your experiences are so interesting! I think I may have been hypnotized once inadvertently at a spa. There was a session on relaxation & meditation. The woman's voice was so hypnotic I think I went under for a short while! It unnerved me a bit, I didn't expect that.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  19. Oh my Momma Paula has had quite the hypnotic journey. Wow. I've never tried hypnotism however I've heard of people using it to help them quit smoking or with eating habits. I'm too chicken. LOL I can relate to falling under the kitty hypnotic spell with those pretty eyes. Gets me every time.:)

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  20. Wow! I can’t imagine being hypnotized once much less three times! I do find it wonderful that for people who need it, this could be a very healthy way to heal without lots of medications.

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