Is It Hypnosis? – Part Five

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It’s been a while since I’ve visited this topic, so as a refresher–we’re going back through my old stories that feature ostensibly realistic hypnosis to examine just how believable it is (and, not incidentally, how ethically acceptable it is). Let’s look at another batch, shall we?

Hysteria: This may not be precisely realistic, but it does draw on a lot of facts about the history of women’s medicine and of hypnosis. “Hysteria” was considered, in the Victorian era, to be an emotional ailment affecting women, with symptoms of lethargy and “melancholy”; the cure for it was literally stimulation of a woman’s genitals to orgasm. This wasn’t considered to be a sexual act; it was a medicinal treatment, like getting a massage to work out the tension in sore muscles. You just went to the doctor, he finger-banged you (or, thanks to the miracles of modern medicine, pressed a vibrator to your clit) until you came, then you got dressed and went home. Because the Victorians were weird and fucked-up about sex.

And Mesmer, in his original experiments with “animal magnetism” that form the foundation for research into hypnosis, did manipulate the animal magnetism by stroking the skin with his fingers. And yes, the women he manipulated in this fashion were naked, and yes, they did frequently experience great pleasure from this act. (And again, it wasn’t viewed as sex. Sex was penis-in-vagina until the guy came. This was SCIENCE!) So while the specific details might be a little shaky, this one is actually pretty darned good about a lot of not just the way hypnosis works in general, but the way it might have been used in that specific context. Especially by an obvious quack like Faschen.

Always Something There to Remind Me: This one is another one of those where the answer is “probably not, but it’s ultimately untestable without doing waaaaaaay too much unethical stuff so we’re never going to know.” The main character, Jay, has admittedly been under Mathilda’s control for long enough (a full year, at least as far as he knows within the context of the story) to be very susceptible to a lot of complex suggestions; certainly, it’s not out of the question that he could legitimately be experiencing triggered hallucinations and implanted memories. (Which gets into the unreliable narrator question–we only know he ever even tried to resist because he remembers trying to resist, but the whole thing could be an elaborate CNC fantasy.)

Again, I don’t know how much a metric fuckton of hypnosis over a long and sustained period could do to permanently alter your personality against your wishes, because that’s not something I have tried, will try, or want anyone to try. It is possible that something like what Jay believes happened to him could be achieved; I don’t think it’s likely, because everything I know about hypnosis says that the more someone pushes you to do things you really don’t want to do, the less you trust them and the less well the suggestions will take, but I don’t know. And I’m not going to find out.

Love in an Elevator: This one is…not necessarily plausible, but certainly possible. It’s unlikely you’d run into this situation, but Naomi could absolutely have a hypnosis trigger that is locked to “anyone but her”, and she could wind up being docile and horny with no critical judgment regarding sexual activity when it was used, specifically as one of the intended effects. Her explanation of the trigger certainly seems to indicate that it was explicitly sexual, that it was consensual, and that the effects of the trigger were “working as intended” when Dan used it. (Hopefully her ex gave her the option to remove the trigger when they broke up, but it’s possible that the break-up was of a nature that she no longer trusted him to hypnotize her. Or maybe she just decided to keep it. Always remember that it’s the subject’s choice to keep any triggers and lock them any way they choose.)

It’s probably not the wisest thing to do; even if you have a fetish for public play, for promiscuity triggers, and for basically everything Naomi gets out of this, it’s probably not a good idea to make it so open-ended. She really only has Dan’s word that he’s not going to tell everyone in school about it, which could result in all sorts of complications that could make her life less than ideal. (Dan already pointed one out within the context of the story–she doesn’t seem to care about things like birth control when she’s under.) If you do want to do this sort of thing, you should probably still lock the trigger and open it up only in specific circumstances, rather than make it generally open.

Video Killed the Radio Star: Certainly the FCC thinks this one is plausible; there are actually rules about broadcasting genuine hypnotic inductions on radio and television. (It’s why television hypnosis scenes tend to be so ludicrously implausible; they can’t show someone being hypnotized out of fear of getting angry letters from someone demanding to know why their husband spent all last night clucking like a chicken. When realistic hypnosis is depicted, they usually do voiceovers or cutaways to prevent a full induction from being shown.)

Now that said, it’s very unlikely that Myra could get away with running a weekly hypnosis show that was so thorough that nobody who listened to it remembered being hypnotized. Hypnotic amnesia doesn’t work that way. Other than that, though, and assuming it was really her agent who secured her the tapes of her broadcasts, most of what she actually describes is pretty plausible. She hypnotizes people by phone and guides them through sex fantasies for money. Shoot, NiteFlirt has probably a hundred people who’ll do that.

Love Bites: The main reason I’d put this as “plausible”, instead of “hahaahahaha are you kidding me”, is that Darla clearly has a hypnosis kink that’s working overtime. Hell, working overtime? It’s holding down three jobs, taking night classes, and raising two or three little sub-fetishes of its own. (Darla’s kink is a 99-percenter.) She’s very obviously begging for some hypnosis action, and her subconscious is perfectly willing to throw out a lot of what her conscious mind considers to be “important” aspects of her self-image to get a taste of what she’s craving. (Um, no pun intended.)

So while she considers herself to be a Dommely Domme and a Mistress of the Hypnotic Arts and all sorts of other capital lettered things, her subconscious is much more switchy and possibly has a bit of a humiliation kink. She’s genuinely interested in what Jane has to offer, even if she’s telling herself consciously that no no no she’s not why would you even think that nopeity nope, and hypnosis is basically acting as the excuse she needs to give herself permission to act on the desires she’s been consciously repressing. You’ll see this a lot at hypnosis stage shows, too–not the hickeys and the fondling through the clothes, necessarily, but people doing very silly things because hypnosis gives them the excuse to lower their inhibitions. “I’d never sing like Madonna in front of other people, but gosh darn that hypnosis!” Darla is basically convincing herself she has no choice but to follow Jane’s commands, because it makes it easier to accept the enjoyment involved in doing things she doesn’t think of herself as wanting to do.

Which is why in the next story between the two…oh, but we’ll get to that. Another post next week, and I promise we’ll come back to this at a later date!

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