Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hypnotism, NLP and Derren Brown

Really the big secret to hypnotism is that if told by an authoritative figure in a voice of command most people will do just about anything. I think this is related to authoritarianism.

Here Derren Brown creates his own money - blank pieces of paper. Is he authoritative enough to pull it off? Maybe you don't need money - just ask for whatever you want. Of course, this is explored more fully in NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programing. Here is the explanation of what Derren Brown was doing in the last video. Here is Derren Brown using NLP on someone else.

Derren Brown has a current show on BBC 4 and has had past popular TV and live shows demonstrating NLP, the power of suggestion, magic, the suggestibility of people. More videos are available.

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