I think it can be safely said that trust in one's hypnotist is a huge component of a successful trance. After all, you're putting something very valuable into someone's (possibly a stanger's) hands. And it seems that there is a near instantaneous decision on the part of the subject as to whether his or her trust will be given. I know that, having spent some little time on YouTube exploring different videos, that for me it only takes one or two sentences to decide if I am really going to commit to the experience or not. (And no, I don't watch the vids, I just listen to them. Honestly, the things people will put on a screen thinking your attention will be caught or your eyes will tire out are really amusing. As long as you don't have to look at them. I have a very nice paint splatter on my wall that works just as well, thanks.)
When I first started experimenting with hypnosis, I was genuinely curious about whether or not it would matter if the voice was male or female. The first files I listened to were all male, but but when a new female voice was recommended to me, I had a listen and was hooked immediately. There's something about a sing song intonation that, when coupled with a pleasant tone, really works for me, but she would have had me without that. Identical scripts read by different voices have different impacts of course, but what ever it is that makes one more effective than the other is harder to pin down.
Nowadays I'm mostly tranced by reading, which, as I have mentioned before, is something that I really didn't think would work. So it was incredibly surprising when a block of short, badly formatted text put me under. I was not completely unaware of who I was dealing with; I did, after all, read his profile, so I had a name, a pic, and an idea of his interests before I began to read. Did this effect things? I really don't know. Nor do I know how my mind decided that it was okay to make a personal connection with someone based on that scant information and a few lines of text. And no one I've asked has been able to explain just how that instant decision is made. I can't explain, and I'm the one who made it! Answers I've received from other people range from "I don't know" to "don't ask me because I can't tell you," so I guess I'll have to live in the dark on this one.
But wait you say! Isn't this blog supposed to be about girls? Where's the girl?
So I made a friend (SD) who agreed to put me under as part of research for this blog. I questioned whether or not I would go down deeply for her, if at all. Would it feel different? Without an audio track, I wouldn't be able to say that the intonation or the timber of her voice had been appealing as I had with the YouTube video.
Um. Well. Yes.
Quickly and deeply. Very deeply.
She engaged my trust completely and utterly. I came out of trance feeling wonderful (well, REALLY wonderful, if you know what I mean.) (And you do.) I remembered everything, which somehow made the experience more intimate, including the trigger she left behind should we play again.
Sadly, I didn't have the foresight to save a transcript of that session. Not sadly, the next day, with complete success, she used the trigger "just to test it out." And the next day, reinforcing it. Which brings us to this morning, New Year's Day, upon which I have gotten up obscenely early in order to write before I go to my day job. I was in the middle of posting a story on a different site when I glanced down at the chat window and saw my trigger from SD. And dropped incredibly deep instantly. It felt like that moment on a roller coaster when you start to fall and your stomach doesn't quite move with you for the first moments. With a few innocuous words she took me so deep I had tunnel vision. Deeper, if I'm honest, then anyone else has been able to do that fast. Some of that has to do with what I know her expectations to be; she prefers sensual to sexual which makes an experience with her unfraught with some of the expectations I find elsewhere. Some of that has to do with the fact that we have become friends and I trust her. But a lot of it has to do with that connection, that rapport, that came into existence after reading the first words of her induction.*
* A little insight into just how suggestible I am--while describing this experience I went back under from the memory. This happens to me a lot.