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Do you think people should be hypnotised to act in an embarrassing way? Why or why not? 

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raifahr | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted February 3, 2013 at 2:24 AM via web

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Do you think people should be hypnotised to act in an embarrassing way? Why or why not? 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM (Answer #1)

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If the hypnosis is performed without the knowledge of the subject, or if the actions that result are of a deliberately harmful nature, then I would certainly think the hypnotist had exceeded his boundaries. I have seen one of the world's greatest hypnotists--The Amazing Kreskin--several times over the years, and he was able to bring humor into his astounding shows without shaming his subjects. He always asked for volunteers, and the subjects' spells were always broken before too many clothes came off. Audience participation was at the heart of his shows, and Kreskin's subjects must have felt safe under his trusting and unassuming gaze.

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