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When I was writing CRUSH CONTROL I did a lot of research on hypnosis. Hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness that resembles sleep but actually the person is fully awake and hyper aware. Under this state, they show a heightened suggestability, therefore it's easy to get someone to do something, however crazy, when they are in this trance-like state. Naturally, this leads to endless possiblities of humor which is the basis of stage hypnosis. This is the kind of hypnosis that leads Willow to perform a hypnosis show at a party and eventually try and control the mind and heart of a boy.
This kind of hypnosis that would be so helpful to me, as a mother, if I could hypnotize my kids and make them perfect angels :) "Why yes, Mom, I would love to clean my room and clean the bathroom and do my homework and by the way, you are such a great Mom..." Ahhhh, life could be so much easier. And while I'm at it, why not make my husband be a little more doting. "Have you lost weight, Jen? You're looking so tone and taught. And by the way, this dinner is amazing. You just sit back and relax and let me clean the dishes..." Yes, this hypnosis thing is looking more tempting all the time :) Ahh, but as I know, from poor Willow's story, trying to change a person's heart and mind is a tricky thing.
Rather, there is another type of hypnosis and that is called hypno-therapy. It's when the same priciples of hypnosis are used to try and help a person change a habit. This type of hypnosis can be successful in helping someone with insomnia, weight loss, fear of flying....so many things. So to answer your question, if I had the ability to hypnotize someone, I think I would use hypno-therapy to help a guy I know fight a twenty year smoking habit that he's been unable to kick.
Thanks so much for having me!!
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Thanks so much for stopping by Jennifer!