Updated: Mar 21
If you have ever seen a hypnosis stage show, one of the most common acts is to have someone forget their name. If you ever questioned if that is real or not, well it is. Hypnosis does some things powerfully, many things nuanced, and a lot of things that depend on the situation. Forgetting is one of the powerful things.
What does it mean if you can forget your name? What else can you forget? Your name is the most sacred word to you. Can you forget to be hungry after 8pm. Or can you forget to watch TV during the day? Perhaps you can forget you don’t like broccoli? Maybe you are forgetting that you used to mind when your spouse does that one thing, what was that, I forgot already.
Forgetting is powerful. Most of what our subconscious does is filter out things so we only notice what is important. That is why when you drive you don’t notice every car on the road. Your subconscious is but it is providing your weaker conscious mind with just a few things since it really can only handle 5-9 things at a time. It points out police cars and maybe a Porsche, or whatever car catches your attention. That is why forgetting your name almost always works. Your subconscious is excellent at limiting things. It is easy to think the subconscious is struggling to take everything in, but in truth the real struggle is to break down the outside world into something simple enough for you to work with. When you cannot find that shirt and it is right in front of you, it is not because you did not see it, but because your subconscious is so wrapped up it is not able to point it out effectively to you.
Now think about how you could improve your life by forgetting just a few things. And note that when someone forget their name it is instant. That means it can be tested on the spot. The change is immediate. And also note that when the hypnotist snaps their fingers, the subject can remember their name again. So it was not really gone. Again, this makes sense since it was only blocked by the subconscious and not removed from either short or long term memory.