Mind Control VS Hypnosis

Mind Control VS Hypnosis

The image of an all-powerful hypnotist locking his mesmerizing eyes upon a helpless victim and, thereby, controlling this lesser person’s will have been perpetuated in myth, legend, and by Hollywood. In reality, can one person exert control over another without their conscious will? The short answer is yes, but that is not hypnosis, it is mind control. Both hypnosis and mind control are based on the scientific understanding of the working of the human brain. Both are powerful forces for change. However, the goals and methods of each are very different. In this article, we will briefly explore some of the basic differences between hypnosis and mind control.

Mind Control

The goal of mind control is exactly what the name proclaims: to gain access to another person’s subconscious mind and, thereby, to control their behaviour. In order for mind control to occur, there must be three basic components present. First, sensory deprivation must happen. Typically, the practitioner will isolate the victim from family and friends, deprive them of food, water, ability to use the restroom and of sleep. Under these conditions, the critical filter, which allows us to make choices based upon our best interest is suspended or put into abeyance. Once this has happened, the brain can begin to be reprogrammed. Secondly, a system of massive punishment must be imposed. The victim will be degraded, humiliated and experience physical pain whenever their behaviour is not in alignment with the indoctrination. Thirdly, a system of rewards will be implemented each time a person complies with commands. These rewards usually entail restoring something that the target individual has been previously denied. In addition, the person is praised and elevated above non-complying people.


Hypnosis is initiated by the client for the purposes of self-improvement. The client identifies the changes they wish to make in their behaviour. Hypnosis is established by the cooperation between subject and hypnotist. No sensory deprivation will occur, in fact, quite the opposite actually takes place. The patron is encouraged to develop a support system of family and friends that will assist them in making their desired lifestyle changes. Attention is given to making the environment as relaxing as possible. Generally, a comfortable chair is provided, there are soft lights and pleasant music. Frequently, the hypnotist will guide his client through a very soothing and enjoyable progressive relaxation. The subject will be advised that they are always free to accept or reject any suggestion given. In the final analysis, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis because it cannot be done against a person’s will.

In hypnosis as in mind control, the person’s critical filter is placed in abeyance in order for ideas to be uncritically positioned into the sub-conscious mind, the most powerful part of the brain. It is this part of the brain that controls our automatic thinking and our habits. In short, mind control is done to a person, while hypnosis is done in cooperation with another person.

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