It is supposed
that, before realizing any deepening method, the subject
must be at least taken into the state of a medium trance
(Namely that he answers correctly to suggestions of the
type: "Your hand is so tightly closed that you are not
capable of opening it...")
consists of alternating suggestion with periods of
silence, which can change between a few seconds and some
minutes, during which, it is supposed that the subject
deepens his hypnosis state himself. It is always
convenient to prepare the subject.
From time to time
the hypnotist will make him breathe, more and more
deeply, adding that to every new respiration the sleep
sensation will increase. Gestures can be established with
the patient, for example, to touch his hand on the
shoulder, saying to him that in this moment he will
submerge in a deep sleep and will hear neither sound nor
noise until one does not touch him again. Such periods
shouldn't, nevertheless, lengthen too much (no more than
ten minutes every time), otherwise, there is danger of
which the subject goes from the hypnosis state to a
1956 method of
We are going to
achieve this deepening by making the subject believe that
he has no bodily control.
"I am going to
caress your arm. Little by little you will notice that it
becomes heavier and heavier, up to such a point that you
are not capable of moving it. I will count from one to
five, and when I say five, the arm will weigh so much
that it will be impossible to raise it."
counts slowly, with heaviness suggestions. Come to five,
he will raise the arm of the subject dropping it again;
if he is unable to support it, it means that he is in a
deep situation and that it's possible to proceed to a
further deepening of this state. If he resists and
supports his arm up high, it is necessary to begin again
from the beginning, insisting that in the second test he
will feel the arm much heavier than in the first
To obtain the
cataleptic rigidity, the hypnotist raises the arm of the
subject placing it horizontally at a height of the
shoulder, and after three or four times having stretched
it lightly, says:
"You will have
noticed that your arm has become very heavy, like the
lead. It will turn to steel or like a stone. While I
caress your arm, you will see how the arm will become
rigid, the muscles will contract and harden."
continues caressing the arm above and below, until he
warns that the muscles are so rigid. Then he continues:
"Here your arm is so hard that it is impossible to bend
it. I am trying, but I cannot bend it. Try it yourself.
Do you see? It does not bend".
If this test is
positive, it is added:
completely, relax the muscles of the arm. The arm either
is not hard, it is already much more flexible, neither
heavy. Everything is normal. If I want to bend it, it
"Have you seen
how the arm can bend? It relaxes the whole body and you
sleep deeply, more deeply than before."
deeply, more and more, deeply."