Charismatic Chaos: Mass Trance
Earlier this week I posted a Charismatic Chaos video in which Jake and The Texas Guy both made some interesting comments. I know Jake. He has a psychiatry degree and works in a ward at a hospital with some very mentally ill people. He knows his stuff . I’m going to promote their comments and then you can watch the following video. Let’s see what you all think.
Jake: We can all call this whatever we want, ecstatic expression, anointing with fire, whatever. But the bottom line is that this behaviour is known by one term and one term only: Mass Trance.
The thing about hypnosis, whether you view it as a positive thing or a negative thing, is that it’s end goal, no matter the context, is always the same. Hypnosis is always about exerting control. You can justify putting people in trance (which is exactly what has happened here) for many different reasons such as therapy or comedy but the end game is that one strong person exerts control over another, more suggestible person. I think this is dangerous and I think it’s nigh on impossible to be in such a position of control and not abuse said position.
That poor girl at 4:00 was in such a suggestible and vulnerable state that she LITERALLY thought she was on fire when Goatee’d Douchebag started repeating “Fire” over and over (inductive triggering anyone?). I’m sorry, but I fail to see how putting a group of people in that sort of mental state is beneficial to them at all. I’ve seen the fallout from this “mixed bag” of mass trance before and the long term psychological well being of people involved points me to the conclusion that this mixed bag isn’t mixed at all. It’s just full of crap. A bag full of crap that damages people who are too vulnerable not to reach in and grab a big handful.
The Texas Guy: I’ve studied hypnotherapy for the last two years, and it’s been a real benefit to my counseling practice, and what was interesting to me was the stark contrast between valid, clinical hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis, which is a TOTALLY different thing.
Without going into way too much information, crowd-manipulations like this video follow all the classic principles of stage hypnosis, and the “minister” runs the “show” in essentially the same way. Watch the video – there are some people who are “into it”, some who are neutral and not subject to the hypnotist, er… minister, and some (like the two young guys that the one young man has in a head lock) that are basically, WTF! If you scan this crowd, and then scan the crowd at a stage hypnosis event, you’ll basically see the same three classes of people. That’s the way stage hypnosis and crowd manipulation works.