Clearly.) The next time he asks you to hang out, you’re going to need to be more direct.If this weren’t an office where people hang out outside of work, you could simply say, “No, thank you.Frankly, you could argue that this is kinder anyway, rather than letting him continue to try, but that’s not even the point; the point is that your non-committal answers haven’t conveyed what you thought they would convey, and so now you need to be clearer.
Recorded history is full of tantalising glimpses of rituals and practices that look very much like hypnosis from a modern perspective, from the “healing passes” of the Hindu Vedas to magical texts from ancient Egypt.These practices tend to be for magical or religious purposes, such as divination or communicating with gods and spirits.When I am unable to drive him home from work, he still walks me to my car. I am getting the romantic vibe, yet I am not attracted to him.It seems to me that he does not have too many friendships outside of our working circle.Please don’t stand there.” Frankly, you also might need to stop driving him and your other coworker home after work, at least until you’ve re-built the boundary there. But it’s also rude to allow this guy to be strung along without telling him directly that you’d like him to stop, and more importantly, you’re entitled to speak up when someone is making you uncomfortable.
On the one hand, a history of hypnosis is a bit like a history of breathing.In the 21st century, there are still those who see hypnosis as some form of occult power.Those who believe that hypnosis can be used to perform miracles or control minds are, of course, simply sharing the consensus view that prevailed for centuries.Like breathing, hypnosis is an inherent and universal trait, shared and experienced by all human beings since the dawn of time.On the other hand, it’s only in the last few decades that we’ve come to realise that!The work of Franz Mesmer, amongst others, can be seen as both the last flourish of “occult” hypnosis and the first flourish of the “scientific” viewpoint.