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Can a person be Brainwashed into an assassin by hypnosis?

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#1 Orpheus


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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:06 AM

The Discovery Channel has an intriguing series called "Curiosity" which did some interesting experiment in hypnosis, culminating in "brainwashing" a civilian subject into performing an assassination [which, unbeknownst to them, was staged] It wasn't the usual lightweight hypnosis demo or scaremongering.

Check your local cable schedule, Video on Demand, and other sources to see if you can catch it. I think you'll find it thought-provoking.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:09 AM

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:45 AM

Hey Orph.

I actually watched that and I found it pretty darn thought provoking. Ultimately though I'm not sure I believed it. Some people (like athletes) can sit in ice baths, can't they?
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:01 PM

They can tolerate it. However, it's hard to believe that they would fail to have a normal physiological reflex, especially if they hadn't been previously trained/conditioned to it.

I'm not sure I *entirely* accept the show's presentation (it is TV, after all), but it's intriguing on many levels, and I definitely believe in hypnosis (which some people reject outright), having had some professional training in it, as well as extensive experience with self-hypnosis.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:58 AM

That's true. It would be equally difficult to not have the heart rate change either.

The reflex to pant like a dog when cold water hits you is almost uncontrollable. Happens to me. So yeah the fact he was able to get into an ice bath and his heart rate remained low and he didn't pant was remarkable to me. I tend to be skeptical about hypnosis though so seeing that actually required a certain adjustment to the way I think. (Put it this way, it had me running for scientific journals regarding hypothermia and human exposure to ice.)

Mind you I didn't think anyone would obey the restaurant test either. That's why I enjoyed the show. It took what I thought about hypnosis and made me rethink it a bit. I'm still skeptical. However I know very little about it.

So, how does hypnosis work? What can you self-hypnotize yourself to do? (Preferably from a scientific standpoint.)
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:36 PM

I have seen a hypnotist at work (not train someone to be an assassin but make someone act like a chicken kind of hypnosis). I would be skeptical apart from I know that some of the people involved wouldn't do what they did without hypnosis. I find it hard to disbelieve and somewhat worrying.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:56 PM

There is a weight-loss program that involves hypnosis. It seems to work from what I have heard. The mind is a very powerful thing. If you believe strongly enough in something, the mind can have some significant infulence. I had a worrying thought come to mind today about whether some sort of subliminal message is sent out to people that makes them want to kill others. I had this though when I was thinking about the recent shootings. A message can be hidden in a song or a video game for that matter, that could alter a person's personality and who knows what else. It could only affect a select few, but still be effective in its purpose.
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