Practising on Friends and Family

A tempting choice, but beware the pitfalls and know how to frame it!


About The Author

James Tripp

Hypnotist and Transformative Facilitator. Creator of Hypnosis Without Trance.


  • Steven Girard,not footballersg

    November 6, 2009

    Fantastic tutorial no handsticking,whens the next one? What your skill level like with negative and positive hullucinations? Yet i dont understand your motives why free your just as good as Igor or any one else iv seen maybe better.

  • James Rolph

    November 6, 2009

    Hi Steven

    Thanks for the compliment and glad that you liked the handsticking tute! Regarding hallucination, I have some video of negative hallucination from the same session as the Name Steal video. I should have some time to edit it up and put it up next week (I have a busy time ahead, so I’ll see how it goes).

    Why free? Because I am just getting into teaching hypnosis and want to show people my my approach and style. I am planning on putting on a small training some time soon and may even do a DVD or some audios if the interest is there.

    Many thanks for your feedback and question – if you have any other questions, please do post them here on the blog and I’ll do what I can to answer them.

    All the very best


  • Jesus

    December 26, 2009

    It’s true. Hypnotising the family and friends may be one of the most difficult tasks as I’ve experienced.

    To my friends, I frame them into a state of mind of “magic”, maybe I start with a few “Suggestion Tests” so they can see the “power of the mind”. I may use magnetic hands, it make people understand how the imagination plays an important role in hypnosis.

    To my family I just try to do the same, but I have a more Serious approach as you told. Firstly, they laughed at me. I continue studying hypnosis and I think that nobody is gonna stop my world. (as a song says “Your World Dont Stop”).

    Then I realised that Beleifs plays an important role too. My mother is a very spiritualist woman, who believe at God, while my father was hypnotised before (he also stopped his addictions through hypnosis, that’s the BIG BECAUSE I believe in hypnosis).

    My mother is ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE to hypnotise. I think that it’s because she’s so involved in her own religious world that she cannot accept that hypnosis works.

    My father is just the opossite. When I hypnotised him, he just relaxed as a concrete block falling down the ocean. He followed my suggestions at the moment. I finally could “fix” his headaches and his arterial tension.

    It’s very important to know the person your working with.


  • Linda

    December 13, 2010

    James, working through this blog & reading past comments, I think Jesus brings up a valuable point that I’d like to hear your opinion on: his mother’s spirituality. I live in “the South” which is literally the Southeastern US & appropriately called – the Bible Belt. Nearly 90% of the population attends church regularly & alot of people are quite stand-offish is not outright fearful at the concept of hypnosis. Any suggestions on how to get around that?

    thanks again for all you do,
    Linda 🙂

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