Cleve Backster



One of the first real exposures that the main stream had to hypnosis was the work of Dr. Cleve Backster.

Dr. Cleve Backster, actually was working for the military and researching hypnosis on the side, in the course of his research into hipnotic trance phase he actually took a very aggressive move he hypnotized the Secretary of the commanding General of the counter intelligence Corps, on December 1947, imagine this, he walks into her office… there was very few books to read on hypnosis back then, he just read everything he could on this subject he already had success with this in college, but then he went on after college to going to the military, so his interest in hypnosis having worked in this before he actually got the Secretary to take a highly qualified document out of a folder and give it to him while she was under hypnosis and when she comes out of hypnosis after he hidden the document away and she had absolutely no memory of taking the document
, she knew that he hypnotized her but he have told her under hypnosis, “You will not be able to remember giving me this document”.

There is some part of our mind that just obeys the command, when you’re given a command while you’re under hipnosis a part of you just very blindly obey.

So, obviously he was afraid that he could get court-martialed for this but he wanted to impress upon the military the importance of hipnosis in terms of how it could be used for intelligence purposes including extracting information from personal without there knowledge, well, a letter came through very shortly after he submitted this whole experiment to General, the general was told his discovery was “of high value to military intelligence” alot of stuff had happened with the CIA got started, with Cleve Backster, he was also the one pioneer the methods for detecting polygraph in terms of how the skin’s electrical activity varies for wether you’re tellibg the truth or lie. Backster found out that the people who are lying would have a much higher amount of electrical activity on the skin that was the basis of the polygraph. 

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