Brainwashing vs. Hypnosis: “Get Out”, Got It All Wrong

Hollywood has sensationalized hypnosis for years. Most people think it’s magical mind control where the hypnotist snaps her fingers or like in the movie Get Out, stirs a tea cup, and Abracadabra, you are clucking like a chicken or “sinking into the floor” against your will. While incredibly thrilling, and entertaining for a movie plot, this is not the way a hypnotic induction happens.

What happened to the main character in Get Out was brainwashing, NOT hypnosis. Please check out the below video where I go into further detail about the plot of the movie.

Even though both techniques use altered states, there’s a big difference between the two. Brainwashing or mind control puts stress on the body and emotions to break down a person’s natural defenses. This trauma-induced stress opens the gateway for one’s subconscious to be conditioned with behaviors and beliefs that serve the benefit of another.

The process of brainwashing might use one or more of these unhealthy and inhumane methods:

  1. Starvation and sleep deprivation
  2. Separation from family and friends
  3. Triggering a traumatic experience in your life and playing on your insecurities
  4. Making you feel strong emotions of love and fear at the same time
  5. Feeding you negative suggestions that prime you for mind control
  6. Implanting the belief that your thoughts are not your own and you have no choice.

Numbers 2 through 6 is what you witnessed happening to the Black people in the movie Get Out. They had to be held captive, isolated, and repeatedly reconditioned for the brainwashing to have long lasting effects.

Scared get out

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is an ancient healing modality that our ancestors used for thousands of years to help people replace old behaviors, and get rid of physiological and psychological illness.

You cannot be hypnotized against your will. It just won’t work. You must be a willing participant for someone else to successfully get you into the hypnotic state.

Even while in hypnosis, you have control over your thoughts, you can speak, open your eyes, walk around the room, and you can choose at any time to bring yourself back to a waking state, which means you can’t ever get stuck in the hypnotic state.

Hypnosis is a completely natural state of being and the body and mind are used to going in and out of hypnosis throughout the day. You might be thinking to yourself, when in the world am I going into hypnosis?

What if I told you that you go into hypnosis when you are driving down the freeway and happen to cruise past your exit? Or when you are having a conversation with someone who loves to talk and you feel yourself zoning out? When you are listening to music, reading a book, or watching a movie you are in hypnosis because hypnosis is simply a state of focused awareness.

It’s what I like to call the learning state because the nervous system is deeply relaxed while the mind is active and receptive to learning a new healthy behavior to benefit positive changes.

How Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis opens the gates of the Critical Mind, which filters new information entering the subconscious program, and gets the subconscious and conscious minds to communicate and get on board with each other.


Courtesy of HMI College of Hypnotherapy

This happens by overloading the client’s brain with message units like relaxing the body, drawing attention to sounds or objects in the environment, and getting the conscious and the subconscious mind to focus.

This opens the Critical Mind gate and creates a pathway for the hypnotherapist to access the subconscious mind, put in positive suggestions to break old patterns, and build up new healthy behaviors that will help the client make the positive changes they so desire.

Client participation is crucial!

For hypnosis to work, the client must be motivated and willing to work with the hypnotherapist. Together, client and therapist come up with an action plan, and the client does their part by showing up to sessions, doing their assigned work i.e. listening to hypnosis recordings, keeping a dream journal, as well as any other journals and practicing self-improvement techniques.

Repetition is a key factor in creating new behaviors. The more you do something, the more it becomes a part of your daily habits. The goal in hypnotherapy is to create new healthy habits to replace old ones that no longer serve the client.

In Hypnotherapy, the client works with the 12% conscious mind and the hypnotherapist works with the 88% subconscious mind, striving for 100% effectiveness!

How Can Hypnosis Help You?

There are over 146 ways hypnosis can help you. Since hypnotherapy focuses on the subconscious mind, you can apply hypnosis to pretty much anything. Research shows people seek hypnotherapy for the following top 5 reasons:

  1. Quitting smoking
  2. Weight management
  3. Fears/phobias
  4. Anxiety/Stress management
  5. Motivation

Here are some other issues for which you might seek the help of a hypnotherapist; time management, loss of memory, Tinnitus, finding your life’s purpose, performance enhancement, improving love relationships, test and exam taking, coping with loss, boost confidence and self-love, medical issues, emotional trauma, past life regression, life in between lives, and future life progression, and so much more.

Now you know what hypnosis is and how it differs from brainwashing. You also know that brainwashing for mind control has long-term effects when we are repeatedly exposed to stressful trauma induced conditioning.

This leads me to ask the question, are we being brainwashed by the media, and social constructs, ideas that people in society have deemed reality? If so, why do most of those constructs lead us to the belief that someone or something outside of us, can control our minds and behavior? What is the motive? Simmer on that for a while and stay tuned for the next video where I will be discussing this phenomenon.


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