A Brief History of Erotic Hypnosis in Fiction
Wikipedia defines erotic hypnosis as ‘hypnosis for sexual purposes’. But that generalization fails to capture the long history of the genre or the broad range of erotic applications, fantasies and benefits.
Various forms of erotic hypnosis and mind control have been a part of western literature since Homer sang of Odysseus’ encounter with the sirens – mermaids whose song was so beautiful it drove men mad with desire. Early Christians wrote about demons (incubi and succubi) who visited people in their sleep and filled their dreams with lust. Medieval and Renaissance authors wrote about witches and fairies casting love spells.
In the 17th-19th Centuries, physicians began to recognize hypnosis and trance as real phenomenon, and authors such as Bram Stoker (Dracula) and George du Maurier (Trilby) began incorporating hypnosis into their fiction. Stoker’s Dracula mesmerized his victims, and held them enthralled while he fed on them. While George du Maurier’s Svengali kept his protégé (a beautiful young woman) entranced.
Dracula, of course, inspired hundreds of vampire films, from Nosferatu to Buffy The Vampire Slayer; many of which show vampires seductively hypnotizing and enthralling members of the opposite sex. The Hammer Studio films are particularly notable for their erotic hypnosis scenes. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave and The Brides of Dracula both showed vampires entrancing beautiful women in their bed chambers; women who became sexually aroused and open as they fell under the vampires’ influence.
In the 1960s and 70s, television writers began including hypnosis into their programs. Batman, Bewitched, Get Smart, Gilligan’s Island, Scooby Doo, I Dream of Jeanie, Lost in Space, Josie and the Pussycats, Superfriends, and even Underdog all broadcast episodes with some form of hypnosis or mind control. These shows were less overtly sexual. But when the hypnotist and subject were opposite genders, the scenes often contained subtle erotic undertones. In Gilligan’s Island, for example, a mad scientist invents a ring that turns the wearer into an obedient robot. When the girls put on the ring, they become entranced. And their blank facial expressions closely resembles that of the entranced women in the vampire films.
At the same time, DC and Marvel comics developed dozens of mind controlling villains such as Emma Frost, Jarvis Tetch, Kilgrave, Poison Ivy, and The Ring Master. Each had their own style of mind control, some of which were overtly sexual. Poison Ivy, for example, used her sexuality to seduce men, then used sexual pheromones to entrance and enslave them. Kilgrave’s body produced pheromones that force people obey him, and he often used this power to compel women to love him.
Then came the 1980s and the cheesy porn parodies. Hypnotists snapped their fingers and mad scientists invented sex rays. And suddenly everyone had supercharged sex drives.
All of this was plainly visible to anyone who looked. But this popularity also created a popular belief that hypnosis was evil. The vast majority of hypnosis in popular media showed villains stripping away their victim’s free will. And many people considered this as heinous as rape. So any attempt to discuss the erotic nature of hypnosis or sexual fantasies involving hypnosis was met with disgust.
But then came the Internet, which enabled people to create interest-based communities that reached across the globe. The Internet also gave us the ability to engage in these communities anonymously. The people who grew up on the aforementioned media sought out each other and quickly established bulletin boards, chat rooms to discuss our interest and share short stories. And when recording technology enabled it, we started recording our own erotic hypnosis audio files.
Today (2017), the four most active communities each boast 18,000-25,000 members. We discuss the many the different aspects of erotic hypnosis. We experiment with new techniques. We share our experiences and perspectives. We write and share our own stories. And we produce audio and video files, developing erotic hypnosis as both art and entertainment.
So What is Erotic Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is the process by which we alter our mental states and enter trance. Studies have shown that arousal is one type of trance; a trance where we focus on rhythmic physical sensations until they overwhelm us with pleasure. When we share this rhythm with a lover it engages our mirror neurons and amplifies our emotional responses to those sensations, creating desire and passion.
Although most people get to this arousal trance through direct physical stimulation (kissing and caressing), or watching porn, we can also get there through guided visualization, neurolingustic language patterns, and shared excitement. This is erotic hypnosis.
In practice, everyone has their own purpose and many of us create our own techniques. From simply sharing arousal and excitement, to improving sex with real-life lovers, from enhancing D/s relationships to complete personality transformations, we each find our own ways to use hypnosis to enhance our sexual pleasure and explore our erotic fantasies.
Using Erotic Hypnosis
Entertainment. Many people listen to erotic hypnosis audio and video files for the same reasons other people read romance novels, watch porn, or listen to other types of erotic audio. As I mentioned in my article on that subject, listening to erotic audio files helps us invoke the arousal and excitement we enjoy feeling. But hypnosis enables us to go deeper into the fantasy. An imaginative hypnotist can create elaborate fantasy scenes in the virtual reality of the mind. The subject can then experience an erotic kidnap fantasy, sex in a Victorian art studio, or a dungeon, or on a secluded beach.
Hypnotic language can elicit sensory memories, such as the feeling of being kissed or caressed. Recalling these memories while in a trance, can make you feel them all over again. So a hypnotized person can experience all the physical sensations and sexual pleasure that they would enjoy if the scene were real.
Erotic hypnosis is especially good for those fantasies that strike us as intensely erotic, but too dangerous to experience for real (such as erotic brainwashing, mind control, and forced arousal fantasies) or fantasies that are impossible to make real (vampire and magical seduction fantasies).
Dominance and submission (D/s). This is a type of erotic power exchange where one person willingly surrenders their will to another in exchange for sexual pleasure and/or an emotional bond. Many hypnosis fantasies include a D/s component. Thanks to the comic books and TV shows I mentioned earlier, many people see hypnosis as a way to take control of a lover’s sexual desires and responses. As one sub put it, “seduce my mind, and my body will follow”.
Hypnosis also provides a natural complement to other D/s activities, such as submission and obedience training. During D/s sessions, submissives enter a frame of mind called subspace. This is the frame of mind in which a sub is receptive to being sexually controlled and trained. In this state of mind, the submissive feels emotionally connected to their dom. Hypnosis can enhance these feelings to the point where a sub can actually feel a dominant’s will moving their body or influencing their thoughts. This can create intense feelings of belonging and intimacy.
Role Play and Personality Transformation. We all imagine ourselves as someone else. We read a book or see a movie, and imagine what we would do in the hero’s situation. We imagine ourselves as comic book superheroes, spies, soldiers, politicians, teachers, sorcerers, etc. It’s normal, it’s healthy, it stimulates our creativity, and it adds variety to otherwise routine activities.
Role play and personality transformations are a natural extension of these playful imaginings. Hypnosis enhances them by helping you get into character, and stay in it. You can get into the character’s frame of mind, thinking and feeling like they would. This makes the scene feel more realistic and more intensely erotic.
Most transformations only last the length of a scene. But some people, like transgendered people and guys with bimbo transformation fetishes, use erotic hypnosis to effect more permanent changes.
Sexual Enhancement and Health. Erotic hypnosis is great for exploring and enhancing our sexuality. Inhibitions are often caused by conflicting desires. These conflicts can prevent you from entering the arousal trance which makes sex pleasurable. With hypnosis, you can resolve the conflict, enjoy deeper arousal and more intense pleasure.
Anticipating pleasure or intimacy is one of the key elements in sexual desire. The more you enjoy sex, the more you look forward to it. And visa versa. Anticipation makes the body produce hormones that prepares your for sex. So hypnosis can help you increase your sex drive.
Why You Should Try Erotic Hypnosis
A philosopher once said, “Growth is the only moral end.” I’ve taken this as a commandment for self-exploration and -development. Our sexuality is an important aspect of who we are. So growing as sensual and sexual beings is essential to both self-awareness and self-development.
Some people grow by exploring fantasies, trying new activities, discovering what you like and what you don’t. Others grow by improving existing skills or developing new ones. Doms grow by improving their ability to train their subs. Subs subs grow by improving their ability to obey, serve and give pleasure. And writers, like me, grow by writing in different genres and developing types of characters.
Alone or with a partner, whether you want to increase your sex drive, train your mind for submission, or just explore a fantasy, you should try erotic hypnosis.