Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, March 27, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Local Certified Hypnotist James Malone experienced a mixture of amusement and frustration regarding this week’s news story that an unknown suspect robbed has been robbing Italian banks by hypnotizing tellers.
“The story illustrates a common misconception about hypnosis, that it can make people do things against their will,” opines Malone, “while at the same time it is somewhat laughable that anyone has bought into this one.”
According to police reports, a well-dressed man of possible Middle-Eastern origin enters the bank and speaks softly to the teller. Meanwhile a female accomplice distracts the others in line. After a short time the teller hands over a significant amount of cash to the “hypnotist bandit.” All the alleged victims claim the only thing they can remember afterwards is the bearded man leaning over and saying “look into my eyes,” before finding the register empty.
“While it is possible to temporarily distract and confuse someone by any of a number of psychological techniques,” states Malone, “it could also be used as a fanciful cover story by people who were in collusion, with the alleged victims claiming to be hypnotized and therefore not in control.”
While he will continue to be interested in the outcome of this story, Malone also hopes that the general public will not buy into the myth that hypnosis is dangerous because it involves a loss of control, a belief disputed by virtually all authorities on the subject.
“The real crime would be someone not using hypnosis as a powerful self-improvement tool because of old wives tales and misinformation,” Malone concludes.
In response to this story and other’s like it, Malone has posted the Hypnosis in the News
page at his website. Its purpose is to be a resource that will help the public separate fact from fiction regarding media coverage of hypnosis and related topics. It can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/3yhoyh.
James Malone has been a Certified Hypnotist since 1995 “helping people who want to help themselves” with a wide variety of stress, habit control and confidence issues. He also publishes the popular Creative Calm online newsletter.
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Address: 516 Bay Avenue-2nd floor, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, 08742
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