You can hardly learn how to hypnotize someone, without talking about stories. Stories are an extremely effective way to directly communicate with the subconscious mind. Here again, there is nothing new, stories have been used from time immortal to communicate. You have used them as well, but not recognizing their value on how to hypnotize someone.

Let’s begin with a familiar example. If you have a child that is always yelling, saying help, or constantly overreacting, you might tell them the following story.

Once upon a time there was a little boy who lived in the forest. He thought it would be a great way to get attention to yell “Wolf” several times a day. Every time he did this, people would come running to his rescue, only to find him in no danger, with no wolf in sight. After being scolded, he would only continue to cry wolf again and again. After a while, people would stop coming, because they knew he wasn’t in any danger.

Then one day as he was walking in the woods a huge wolf came upon him and threatened to eat him. He started screaming wolf at the top of his lungs. No one came. He screamed louder. No one came. Finally after no one came to save him, the wolf ate him.

Here is what happens inside your brain when you tell this story. Your conscious mind simply listens and is entertained. Your subconscious mind, in order to make sense of the story, starts searching for a way to adapt it to fit your circumstances. It has to make sense of it. Your subconscious will not let go of the story until it draws parallels with your own life.

While only changing small things, such as names and places, will get the point across, it is far more effective if the subconscious draws deeper meaning. In the example above, the child will make a very good lasting parallel to the story and will change their behavior. If you told the following story, you would get an effect, but not as deep and lasting.

There was a boy named Mac (assume the child’s real name is Mike), he would always pretend that someone was hurting him. After a while, no one listened to him when he was getting hurt. Wouldn’t that be awful?

The first story is much better. There are many parallels for the subconscious to draw. Many are not completely transparent, but some are. These stories keep getting tossed around inside the subconscious until it feels it has exhausted all possibilities of meaning.

Stories have been used since before writing. They were used to tell history as well as to help teach important morals. Jesus used parables (which are stories) almost exclusively to teach his disciples. He understood how powerful they were to get his point across, and have it maintain a lasting effect.

Ok, stories are cool and all, but what do they have to do with learning how to hypnotize someone?

Keep in mind, hypnosis is simply communicating directly with the subconscious mind to bring about a desired thought or action. Watch someone being told a story. Even better, watch a child being told a story. Their eyes are wide, they are completely attentive, in a word, they are in a trance. There is something for the conscious mind to be occupied with, while the real meaning of your story gets directly into the subconscious.

It is even better than the subconscious simply hearing your story. It makes the connections itself. This is far more powerful than you telling it what to think. You can tell someone the red stove means hot. Once they figure it out for themselves, they will never forget. A story allows the subconscious to learn on it’s own.

Just telling a story will help you on your journey to learn how to hypnotize someone. Telling a story while someone is already in a deep trance is 20 times more powerful.