Showing posts with label neurohypnotherapy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label neurohypnotherapy. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review (Recover from Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms) - IBS Treatment Malaysia

Client Name: Mr G

Before this, my life was inseparable from stomachache, bloated abdominal and constipation. It affected my daily life as it not only looked bad but also caused physical discomfort. Every day, I spent more hours in the toilet than normal people yet I felt uncomfortable. 

I visited many doctors and took a lot of medications. No matter how much Western medications and Chinese traditional medication I took, there was no improvement after the half year of treatment. I felt anxious and depressed, there was only one thought in my mind, “I’m dying soon”. 

However, I get rid of all these discomforts after I followed the treatment with Hiro Koo.
I learned how to reduce my stress and some useful techniques like self-hypnosis, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and positive thinking. After reducing my stress, I felt more comfortable when going to the toilet. I become more positive and happy because I knew that this was not chronic and life-threatening disease, is just that there was some problem with my mental health and is curable. 

I was amazed by the treatment provided, it is very effective and very efficient that can reduce my physical discomfort within a very short period of time. In addition, the therapist is very well-experienced and patient, he explained to me clearly and help me by using his profession. I felt thankful and appreciated his hard works for giving me a new life. 

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Remark: Our client's information will be kept strictly confidential all the time. All reviews and photos have been acknowledged and provided by past and current clients of Hypnosis Integrative Hub (Clinical Hypnotherapist Hiro Koo). Clients names have been changed to protect their identity.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

First Master Trainer on EEG biofeedback for SBCIA in Asia Region

It is my honor and pleasure to be one of the first Master Trainers on EEG biofeedback for SBCIA in Asia region. It is one of the highest levels of qualification in Asia EEG biofeedback/Neurofeedback field. Thanks my mentor Dr Kang who has supported and guided me throughout the journey since long time ago:) Thanks Dr Kang and Prof Dato Dr Susie See for trusting me. I believe that 2017 will be a good year for all of us. We will do our best in offering the neurofeedback training to make sure that the services you enjoy are of the very best quality.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

(Guest Lecturer) Introduction to Clinical Hypnotherapy @ Southern University College

Introduction to clinical hypnotherapy for university students. 
Special thanks to counseling psychologist for inviting me.

Stress is often referred to as the silent killer and for good reason. Stress is a common issue among university students. Clinical hypnosis is known to be a powerful stress reduction tool, it is also very useful for test and performance anxiety. 
Thus, I am glad to have a chance to share this powerful and effective tool.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

How to Overcome Insomnia in Malaysia - CBT | Hypnotherapy Treatment | Drug-Free Approach

Common causes of insomnia
Sometimes, insomnia only lasts a few days and goes away on its own, especially when the insomnia is tied to an obvious temporary cause, such as stress over an upcoming presentation or a painful breakup. Chronic insomnia, however, is usually tied to an underlying psychological or medical issue.

Psychological problems and emotional distress. Anxiety and depression are two of the most common causes of chronic insomnia. Other common emotional and psychological causes include chronic or significant life stress, anger, worry, grief, bipolar disorder, and trauma.

Medical problems or illness. Many medical conditions and diseases can contribute to insomnia, including asthma, allergies, Parkinson’s disease, hyperthyroidism, acid reflux, kidney disease, and cancer. Chronic pain is also a very common cause of insomnia.

Medications. Many prescription drugs can interfere with sleep, including antidepressants, stimulants for ADHD, corticosteroids, thyroid hormone, high blood pressure medications, and some contraceptives. Common over-the-counter culprits include cold and flu medications that contain alcohol, pain relievers that contain caffeine (Midol, Excedrin), diuretics, and slimming pills.

Sleep disorders. Insomnia is itself a sleep disorder, but it can also be a symptom of other sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and circadian rhythm disturbances tied to jet lag or late-night shift work.

When to seek professional treatment 
If you’ve tried the insomnia self-help strategies above and are still having trouble getting the sleep you need, a doctor or sleep disorder specialist may be able to help.
Seek professional help for insomnia if:

  • Your insomnia doesn’t respond to self-help 
  • Your insomnia is causing major problems at home, work, or school 
  • You’re experiencing scary symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath 
  • Your insomnia occurs almost every night and is getting worse 

Bring a sleep diary with you. Your doctor may be able to diagnose an illness or sleep disorder that's causing your insomnia, or refer you to a sleep specialist or cognitive behavioral therapist.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for Insomnia

CBT is aimed at breaking the cycle of insomnia. Poor sleep tends to lead to stress and anxious thoughts about not being able to sleep. This in turn leads to stress and tension, which leads to poor sleeping habits, such as the use of sleeping pills. This leads to worsening insomnia and so on.

In addition to improving sleep habits, CBT is aimed at changing thoughts and feelings about sleep that may be causing stress and contributing to your insomnia. A therapist may also recommend sleep restriction therapy, whereby you initially shorten your sleep time. The idea is that by limiting the time you spend in bed to the number of hours you actually sleep, say from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., you'll spend less time awake and more time asleep. As your sleep efficiency increases you'll gradually start going to bed earlier and getting up later until you reach your optimum sleep schedule.

Clinical Hypnotherapy for Insomnia
It is important to contact your GP if you are experiencing a sleep disorder. They will be able to provide you with a diagnosis and advice, as well as being able to rule out any underlying medical conditions. At this stage your doctor may recommend a special treatment or service, such as hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy focuses on understanding and changing patterns of behaviour. Though the cause of the problem will vary for each individual, there are many conditions that may increase the risk of developing a sleep disorder. Certain psychiatric disorders, sleep deprivation, various medical conditions and medications, as well as previous trauma are thought to be underlying causes of sleep disorders.

Hypnotherapy has been used as a way of altering and reconditioning negative patterns of behaviour for many years. Hypnotherapy for sleep disorders will do this by seeking out the root cause of the problem and altering the individual’s perception of it. Many sleep disorders are fuelled and worsened by issues that can be effectively treated with hypnotherapy, such as stress and anxiety. Usually it is not the situation itself that causes stress but the way we react to it. By inducing a state of deep relaxation, the hypnotherapist will be able to gain access to the unconscious mind. The hypnotherapist will target the negative thought patterns, teaching the individual how to manage the feelings and view them in a positive perspective.

A clinical hypnotherapist may use a combination of the techniques mentioned, or they may think you will benefit from just one. To achieve the most effective outcome, the practitioner will consider your concerns. After this, they will tailor the treatment to your personal circumstances.

Message from Hiro Koo: 
We have succefully treated many patients who suffering insomnia. They were treated with clinical hypnosis combined with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and EEG biofeedback method. If you’ve had insomnia for a long period of time, if you have tried sleep medications and haven’t had significant relief, or if there’s no obvious medical or psychiatric cause you’re aware of, then it’s likely you’ll want to address your concerns about the sleep disturbance as well as habits you’ve developed over time that will perpetuate insomnia. Clinical hypnotherapy combined with CBT and EEG biofeedback training method might be your key to improve your symptoms. 
Our unique drug-free approach will help you sleep better from today onward. 
Contact us now for more info.


Monday, September 12, 2016

第11届马来西亚华社辅导研讨会11th Malaysian Chinese Counseling Conference - Research Paper Presentation by Hiro Koo

I was sharing about my research related to clinical hypnotherapy and sleep quality in this national counseling conference in Malaysia. This is research for my master's thesis. I am grateful to my advisor and supervisor for their guidance. To the event organizer, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your invite and the excellent organized Conference.



Sunday, August 7, 2016



Neuro-hypnotherapy is practiced by licensed clinical hypnotherapist who has been trained in the area of EEG biofeedback technique. Neuro-hypnotherapy is first of its kind in Malaysia developed by Hiro Koo. It is based on the concept of clinical hypnotherapy which can be classified as psychotherapy as well. It is well known to deal with the subconscious mind directly and is commonly used to deal with symptoms of various problems such as habit breaking, smoking cessation, weight management, and mood-related issues. There are many approaches and techniques in the field of clinical hypnotherapy. The most commonly used clinical hypnotherapy techniques for patient with tic disorder are hypno-behavioural methods such as hypno-desensitization and habit reversal therapy. Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH) can also be used to deal with tic disorder or the comorbid feature of TS such as OCD or anxiety related symptoms.

Neuro-hypnotherapy for tic disorder includes a combination of different types of therapies.  The first step of the neuro-hypnotherapy is psychoeducation. During this initial step, the possible causes of tic disorder will be elaborated by the clinical hypnotherapist. Patients will be guided on ways to communicate with the school or co-workers effectively to prevent conflict and misunderstanding, while their caregivers will be educated on ways to provide appropriate amount of support. Furthermore, although habit reversal is an effective intervention for tic disorder, individuals should be informed that tic disorder is not just a bad habit but neurological disorder. Thus, it cannot be solved based on positive or negative reinforcement alone, let alone the possibility that reinforcement in either positive or negative manner may worsen the symptoms. It is very important to neutralize the self-defeating belief, while empowering the patient and setting realistic expectations.

The following sessions will focus on functional intervention, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy, HRT, as well as relaxation therapy. During the functional intervention session, patient will be hypnotized in order to identify how environmental factors may worsen, maintain or improve the symptoms. Patient is able to observe his or her behaviour before and after the tics occurrence during the neuro-hypnotherapy session. CBH technique can then be applied to deal with the irrational feelings, cognitive distortion, and unhealthy coping ways.

According to the systematic review done by Dutta and colleague (2013), HRT can significantly reduce tic severity for patient with tic disorder. During the neuro-hypnotherapy session, the hypnotized patient will observe all of their tics in detail such as how it feels in the particular muscle group and where it feels most intensively in the body. During this stage, HRT will be incorporated into neuro-hypnotherapy session to find out the premonitory urge. Thus, patient will notice how it feels before the tics occur more clearly. Hypno-desensitization focuses on helping patient getting used to the premonitory urge, so that the patient doesn’t need to react to it by doing the tic. In this way, premonitory urge can be controlled before the tic happens. Soon after the patient becomes more aware of the premonitory urge, competing response will be discussed and implemented. During the neuro-hypnotherapy session, an intentional movement that can prevent tic from happening will be suggested. After that, the clinical hypnotherapist will use the hypno-exposure therapy to reinforce the competing response.  

Progressive hypnotherapy relaxation is taught to relax the patient as it can directly reduce the stress response. Tics are commonly known to become worse when triggered by stress. Progressive hypnotherapy relaxation technique which requires patient to progressively tensing and then relaxing the different muscle groups is taught in a self hypnosis format. This is a very helpful method to reduce the arousal level in the brain and empower the patient with positive coping strategy. Patient was taught to utilize this progressive hypnotherapy relaxation technique whenever he or she has the need to stay calm and relax.

During the neuro-hypnotherapy session, electrodes are applied to the individual’s scalp, which allows the patient and therapist to observe the brainwave activity. The electrodes do not hurt and conduct no amount of electricity that one can feel. The person’s hair is not removed or shaven during the electrode placement. This is done in real-time setting, so the individuals see exactly what is going on in their brain as they think of certain thoughts, feel stressed, or relaxed. After the self hypnosis session, patient commonly will learn how to self regulate their brain activity naturally, without pharmaceutical medications.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

2nd Asian Neurofeedback Conference 2016

During the 2nd Asia Neurofeedback Conference this year, I speak about Tic disorder and Tourette syndrome management by using Neuro-hypnotherapy and EEG biofeedback. I am really glad to be here today. 
This paper discussed EEG biofeedback as a standalone tool or used together with neuro-hypnotherapy approach for Tics and Tourette Syndrome. In this paper, the advantages of EEG biofeedback alone or integrating EEG biofeedback in neuro-hypnotherapy were explained. Four cases of patients with presenting problems related to tics and Tourette syndrome were presented. The protocol and improvement were mentioned and highlighted. 

Speakers of the day

*Special thanks to Miss Tan Wan Yen. Thank you for giving me a hand in doing research.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Jasmine Magazine茉莉杂志 - J Mental by Hiro Koo (June 2016 Issue)

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Friday, February 26, 2016

First neural evidence for the unconscious thought process

Hemingway (1964/2010) describes a process that people who engage in creative pursuits from time to time recognize. While you are engaged in one thing—say a conversation with friends—consciously, something that you had been working on beforehand is still simmering unconsciously. At times the simmering is quite vigorous, and the repeating conscious intrusions can make it difficult to fully concentrate on your current activity—talking to your friends.
The idea of that incubation or unconscious thought can aid creativity or problem solving is old (Schopenhauer, 1851), and 10 years ago, we started to link the process of unconsious thought to decision making in a series of experiments (Dijksterhuis, 2004Dijksterhuis and Nordgren, 2006;Dijksterhuis et al., 2006). The idea was based on two considerations. The first was that it is quite a small step from problem solving to decision making and the second was that the process of unconscious thought as described in the first paragraph can often be sensed, introspectively, when one is in the process of making an important decision such as buying a house or choosing between one’s job and a job offer for a new one.
In our initial experiments, we gave participants the task to choose between four alternatives (houses, cars, roommates, etc.) on the basis of a number of aspects (often 12 per alternative). Participants either decided immediately after reading the decision information, or after a period of conscious thought, or after a period of distraction during which unconscious thought was assumed to take place. In our early experiments, unconscious thinkers made better decisions than participants in the other two conditions. We initially called this the deliberation without attention effect; however, now we prefer the term unconscious thought effect (UTE).
These initial findings led a number of colleagues to also investigate the relation between unconscious thought and decision making and, looking back now at 10 years of unconscious thought research, the research seems to have revolved around two questions. The first is whether unconscious thought indeed leads to better decisions that conscious thought or no thought, the second is whether unconscious thought really exists in the first place (and if so, what exactly is it)? The contribution by Creswell et al. (2013) constitutes a major step towards answering the second question, so I focus briefly on the first before devoting the remainder of this introduction to the second and to the work by Creswellet al.
Does unconscious thought lead to better decisions? As such things tend to go, 10 years of research has led to a rather predictable answer: Probably, but only under some circumstances. The paradigm we developed turned out to be much more fragile than we had hoped, and although the UTE has been replicated independently in well over dozen laboratories, at least equally often people did not obtain any evidence for improved decision making after unconscious thought. Some individual papers, as well as a recent meta-analysis (Strick et al., 2011), identified a number of moderators. It seems that unconsious thought is beneficial when decisions are based on a lot rather than on little information, when the decision information is presented blocked by decision alternative rather than completely randomized, when the distraction task is not too cognitively taxing, and when the decision information contains visual stimuli in addition to verbal stimuli. It is encouranging for proponents of the work on unconscious thought that unconscious thoughts seem to be more fruitful when the experimental set-up becomes more ecologically valid.
That being said, some people have argued that unconscious thought does not really exist in the first place. People may make better decisions after being distracted, but that does not yet mean that any decision related mental activity took place while they were distracted. Some have proposed, for instance, that participants in unconscious thought conditions form an impression of the decision alternatives online—that is, while they read the decision information—and later simply retrieve this information. These participants may perform better than conscious thinkers, because under some circumstances, conscious thought can actually hamper decision making. Although it is indeed very likely that a reasonable proportion of participants in some unconscious thought experiments indeed merely retrieved online impression (which, by the way, can be prevented by presenting the stimulus materials rapidly), this cannot explain why unconscious thinkers also often outperform immediate decision makers (Strick et al., 2010), something that has been curiously overlooked when this alternative explanation was first published. However, there is also evidence that people who are not given the goal to make a decision before they are distracted make worse decisions than people who do have the goal (Bos et al., 2008), and this rules out this alternative explanation even more effectively. Unconscious thought is a goal-directed unconscious process, and merely distracting people does not do anything.
The experiment by Creswell et al.—in which they provide the first neural evidence for the UTE—also provides strong evidence for the unconscious thought process. They indeed found that unconscious thinkers made better decisions than conscious thinkers and than immediate decision makers. More importantly, they compared neural activity among people who were thinking unconsciously while they were engaged in a distraction task with the neural activity of people doing this same distraction task without engaging in unconscious thought. They found evidence forreactivation. The same regions that were active while people encoded the decision information—the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and left intermediate visual cortex—were active during unconscious thought. Moreover, the degree of neural reactivation differed between participants and was predictive of the quality of the decision after unconscious thought.
This is a breakthrough in unconscious thought research, and, quite appropriately in a celebratory sort of way, published almost exactly 10 years after the first experiments with the unconscious thought paradigm. Again, Creswell et al. provide the first neural evidence, and thereby—in my view at least—unambiguous evidence for the unconscious thought process. Finally, they also provide insight into the characteristics of the unconscious thought process.
Althought some aspects of the unconscious thought process can be carefully deduced from moderators, direct process-oriented evidence is scarce. Unconscious thought leads the representations of the decision alternatives in memory to become better organized and more polarized (Dijksterhuis, 2004Bos et al., 2011) and interestingly, a recent paper shows that unconscious thinkers rely more on gist memory than on verbatim memory (Abadie et al., in press) thereby also integrating fuzzy-trace theory (e.g. Reyna and Brainerd, 1995) and unconscious thought theory. The reactivation account by Creswell et al. is fully in line with these earier findings, as earlier work on reactivation has repeatedly found (for references see the article by Creswell et al.) that reactivation improves memory and learning processes.
The work by Creswell and colleagues constitues a vital step forwards. The combined evidence now suggests that unconscious thought is a goal-directed process of neural reactivation during which memory representations of—in this case decision alternatives—change.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Unreserved Magazine | Cover Story - Think Healthy For the Mind, Body and Soul

Currently I am attached to the SOL Integrative Wellness Centre as a clinical hypnotherapist at KL Malaysia, Malaysia. I work closely with psychiatrist, child psychologist, neurotherapistchinese physician, nutritional therapist, naturopath and physiotherapist to offer non-pharmacological therapies for ommon health issues.

What is Neuro-hypnotherapy?
Neuro-hypnotherapy is first of its kind in Malaysia developed by Hiro Koo. It is a technique by combining technology and art of science. It is a safe, non-invasive, drug-free and painless procedure whereby one is able to determine the brainwave state while conducting the neuro-hypnotherapy. To analyse the brainwaves, your clinical hypnotherapist will use the neurotherapytechnology, whereby one can observe the brainwave going into different state such as delta, theta, alpha and beta brainwave while the suggestion is being given by the clinical hypnotherapist during the therapy session, personalized self-hypnosis method will be developed based on the brainwave observation. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Therapy for Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) in Malaysia

What is PoTS?

  • Postural          position of the body
  • Tachycardia   increased heart rate
  • Syndrome     a combination of symptoms

Postural tachycardia syndrome is an abnormality of the functioning of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. To be diagnosed with PoTS, an individual must experience a group of symptoms in the upright position (usually standing) that are relieved by lying down. A persistent increase in heart rate of 30 beats per minute (40 bpm if under 19 years of age) should be recorded within ten minutes of standing. Blood pressure (BP) does not always drop in PoTS.
Patients can be very disabled by their symptoms.  Fortunately, for many patients, symptoms will improve with a combination of life style changes and medication.  However some will have problems over many years.
Many health care professionals do not know that PoTS exists and so may not think of the diagnosis.  If you think you may have this condition, it may help to take a printout of information from this website to your appointment.

The Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) is an abnormality of the autonomic nervous system (sometimes called ‘dysautonomia’). The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is in charge of all bodily functions that we don’t have to think about, such as:
  • Heart rate and blood pressure regulation
  • Digestion
  • Bladder control
  • Sweating
  • Stress response
The sympathetic nervous system is part of the autonomic nervous system. It produces the ‘fight or flight’ or ‘stress’ response. When activated, a chemical called norepinephrine is released. Amongst other things, this causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.

Treatment for PoTs  in Malaysia?
The Autonomic Nervous System has two branches, the Sympathetic and the Parasympathetic, which regulate the involuntary processes of the body, the viscera, and sense organs, glands and blood vessels. In evolutionary terms it is older than the CNS and its anatomical circuitry is broadly dispersed, creating a general response, quite unlike the highly specific pathways and response of the CNS. This generalised, widely distributed structure enables it to mediate overall changes in state; it is part of the limbic system which has also been known as the mammalian or emotional brain.

When a person looks at the world, he or she is confronted with an overwhelming amount of sensory information—sights, sounds, smells, and so on. After being processed in the brain's sensory areas, the information is relayed to the amygdala, which acts as a portal to the emotion-regulating limbic system. Using input from the individual's stored knowledge, the amygdala determines how the person should respond emotionally—for example, with fear (at the sight of a burglar), lust (on seeing a lover) or indifference (when facing something trivial). Messages cascade from the amygdala to the rest of the limbic system and eventually reach the autonomic nervous system, which prepares the body for action. If the person is confronting a burglar, for example, his heart rate will rise and his body will sweat to dissipate the heat from muscular exertion. The autonomic arousal, in turn, feeds back into the brain, amplifying the emotional response. Over time, the amygdala creates a salience landscape, a map that details the emotional significance of everything in the individual's environment.

Recent brain research indicates that it is possible to talk to the amygdala, a key part of the brain that deals with certain emotions. The inner mind is concerned with emotion, imagination and memory as well as the autonomic nervous system which automatically controls our internal organs. By talking to the amygdala, an experienced clinical hypnotherapist can relax the autonomic nervous system shutting down, or curtailing the trigger that sets off secretion of the adrenal and pituitary glands. This gives the body an opportunity to rebuild its immune system in many chronic illnesses. 
By using the technique of neuro-hypnotherapy Malaysia, we can peek into the brain region which associated with the regulation of amygdala now. It is safe, painless, non-invasive and no side effect.

"The mind is like an onion. The outer layer, or conscious mind, deals with intelligence, reality, and logic. The inner mind is concerned with emotion, imagination, and memory, as well as the autonomic nervous system which automatically controls our internal organs (i.e., how we breathe, send oxygen to our blood cells, or walk without using the conscious mind.) The internal mind is on autopilot, reacting to the dictates of the pleasure principle. It seeks pleasure and avoids pain" (Warren, 2003, pp. 175-6).
It is these characteristics that make hypnosis a highly effective therapeutic tool in dealing with a wide spectrum of mental and physical disorders. When a clinical hypnotherapist is doing hypnosis, the amygdala is turned down. The clinical hypnotherapist can actually relax the autonomic nervous system, shutting down the usual "fight, flight, or freeze" response and curtailing the trigger that sets off secretion of the pituitary and adrenal glands. This gives the body a chance to build up its immune system and reduce trauma (Frank and Mooney, 2002) in many chronic illnesses (i.e., irritable syndrome, bulimia, cancer, high blood pressure, and Parkinson's disease.) Even the Wall Street Journal (Friedman, 2003) has documented how hypnosis has entered the mainstream and is using trance states for fractures, cancer, and burns and speeding recovery time.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Is Total Mind Control Possible?

Can hypnosis be used to make someone do something against his or her own will? This question has been the source of great controversy. I served as a consultant about hypnosis to Woody Allen’s film, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, in which the character of Voltan uses hypnosis to get others to steal for him without recalling the event.
So, can hypnosis be used for mind control? 
There has certainly been a lot of research on the subject. The CIA and KGB have both experimented with hypnosis to create the perfect spy or even an assassin. But while I have read many stories about these experiments, I've never seen any proof of their success. Much may be possible in the dark and sinister underworld of spies and madmen, but university research on the possibilities has always been limited by ethics.
Could you be hypnotized and forced to do something illegal or diabolical? The general answer is that you cannot. There is a possibility, however, that if one had unlimited resources of money, power, and time, devious plans could be designed: There really were many secret experimental programs like "MK-Ultra" that used hypnosis and drugs to push mind-control to its limits. Is it possible that your friendly neighbor could have been implanted with a program to suddenly become a killer when "triggered" by the right signal?
What has been documented is that if you found a subject whose personality was deviant to begin with and wanted to direct their minds to do something extreme like plant a bomb or commit an assassination, you may be able to guide him or her to do it—with or without hypnosis. The hypnotic trance is a state of awareness that makes a person more easily persuaded. But the art of persuasion relies on many factors. To convince a normal person to become a killer is extremely unlikely. But if you are able to use coercion—such as kidnapping and threatening the life of their child—a person could very well be able to do anything to protect their offspring. Similarly, it may be possible to convince a person that something horrific will happen unless they follow your instructions precisely. Hypnosis could be used to plant such images, feelings, and stories in an innocent person who may then give in to the pressure and commit an attack they would otherwise never consider. 
You may have read in the spy novels about nefarious masterminds who use so-called “mind-control” techniques to program innocents to do their bidding like so many robots. And again, while this is unlikely, evildoers may be able to recruit the types of individual whose personality already is ready, if not eager, for violence, which could presumably include combat veterans who killed many enemy combatants in active duty. Perhaps this person also has strong philosophical leanings that following orders is correct, regardless of the consequences. If such a person volunteers for a covert project and enough time is spent applying all sorts of techniques to "reprogram" the subject, anything may be possible. Hypnosis could be used to promote a more complete mind reprogramming and solidify a specific plan with great detail—and create a hypnotized walking time-bomb.
Fortunately, there are not many people who are eager or willing to volunteer for such an experiment. There are also, however, many fanatics who do not need any additional persuasion to become assassins. We all know the madness of martyrs who become suicide bombers in the name of fanatical belief. We need hardly worry about someone using hypnosis to reprogram an individual to become a killer; there are enough individuals already eagerly seeking opportunities to inflict harm. 
You cannot be programmed to become killer without your knowledge. Hypnosis can be persuasive, but does not give the hypnotist control over your mind, morality, or judgment. So do not fear hypnosis—it should continue to develop as an effective technique to promote desired change in behavior, thinking, and emotions (without shifting to mind-control). It's a powerful tool and we should use it for beneficial purposes, not evil intentions. 

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