Conversational Hypnosis is the art of reading a person's mind during a conversation, hypnotizing and manipulating his or her thoughts to comply with those of the manipulator, aka, the hypnotist. Unlike the classical form of hypnosis, where the person about to be hypnotized is aware of it, Conversational Hypnosis is done covertly, hence its synonym Covert Hypnosis. There are those who claim that secretly hypnotizing another person is blatantly immoral, while those who support its use present an array of justifications.
Taking it to the extreme possible scenario, a criminal would probably be able to come up with creative ideas to abuse the power inherent in this technique. But the concern of those who oppose the use of Covert Hypnosis goes way beyond the criminal's possible abuse of it. To them, secretly hypnotizing another person is an invasion of the single most clandestine human domain - the mind.
The power to influence whomever you wish to follow your lead like, for example, to shift the will of any unwilling or undecided costumer to buy your product can be mightily tempting. Imagine the enormous ramifications that such a power can have on the future of any business; the huge advantage a businessman can have over a potential client, let alone the big 'dogs' when negotiating mega deals. No wonder many individuals, especially those in leadership position, master Conversational Hypnosis. But they are not alone.
Nowadays any person can have access to the secrets of Cover Hypnosis and, in fact, the number of people who take the time to learn it is growing steadily. Be it the corporate executive -- the small businessman, a he or a she who wants to regain lost love, or a parent desiring to have their children behave -- they all can get their way by using this technique. Their sole purpose would be to influence others to comply with their own wishes. Those who practice it would argue that as long as no one gets hurt, no harm is done.
But then, a counter argument would probably sound like this: "what about all those out there who will abuse this power?" This is a valid argument and yes, like with everything else in life, there are those who will acquire the knowledge and make some questionable choices when applying this power.
The most rewarding and, at the same time, troubling feature of Conversational Hypnosis is its ability "to get you what you want". And that is exactly where the real danger is. It rests in the fact that not all wishes, desires and 'wants' are created equally nor do all people share the same moral and ethical standards.
Those who are in between -- neither support nor object to the use of Conversational hypnosis -- would probably be the best people to ask the question of when is the application of this technique is 'good' or 'bad'. If nothing else their answers wouldn't be biased. Having no stake in the matter, their assessment would most likely appear like this: 'good,' is a use for the good of all concerned, and 'bad,' is a use that is self serving and egotistically driven. And yet the motive behind some ruthless users of Conversational Hypnosis would be considered downright ugly. What motives? How ugly? This is one subject that is probably better left untouched.
The knowledge is available to all and rather inexpensive to acquire. Whether we consider it fair on not, one thing is certain - those who use it will always have the advantage.