Parenting can be tough. Meeting the demands of your kids, spouse, and career can be a delicate balancing act. Luckily, one mom and therapist has discovered a new method of getting her kids to do exactly what she needs them to: hypnotizing them.
This “hypo-parenting” technique was designed by Lisa Machenberg, a Malibu, California-based licensed hypnotherapist and mother of three. Machenberg believes hypnosis and parenting are a perfect combination, as hypnosis allows parents to alter their children’s behavior or attitudes without actually, you know, parenting. While there is no clinical research to corroborate her theories, Machenberg claims her techniques are safe and effective:
If we learn hypno-parenting, we learn how to hypnotize our children to be cooperative, peaceful, have containment and have good study habits because they have focus and have more resilience out there in the world.
Machenberg’s family claim they don’t mind being hypnotized, and even enjoy the break from stress that it gives them.
While she initially designed the treatments to help with anxiety and daily stresses, Machenberg admits that she even uses hypnosis to get her husband to do her bidding, telling a recent interviewer that her techniques help her control her family:
I hypnotize my children and my husband to do things for my benefit all the time.
Poor guy. Hypnosis has been used in psychotherapy for centuries, and recent research has shown that hypnosis actually has a scientific basis. Stanford neuroscientists recently published a study in Cerebral Cortex found that hypnosis can actually alter neural activity, leading to “focused attention, enhanced somatic and emotional control, and lack of self-consciousness.”
Using hypnosis in parenting, however, is relatively new and uncharted territory. Is this a breakthrough in child-rearing and interspousal relations, or merely one power-hungry woman’s means of controlling those around her? Probably both. Let’s go with both.