Are Your Workers In A Trance? Safety Speakers Insights
I studied hypnosis as a model for communication seeking out skills which would help me stand out above other safety speakers. In doing so I learned audiences go in and out of trance regularly. I remember sitting in the family room with my father watching television, sports in particular. He would really be focused on the game. Then my mom would walk into the room and ask him if he could do something for her after the game. He would answer yes and even possibly ask a clarifying question. Later on in the afternoon, my mom would ask him if he finished the project she asked him to complete for her. He would look at her in a confused way and ask, “What project?” This wasn’t an issue of age or forgetting what she said, it was an issue of focus or trance. I discovered this years ago when I studied hypnosis to learn more about communication. In the process of earning my certification as a hypnotherapist, I learned what happened in these interactions between my mom and dad.
It was almost as if you were watching a hypnosis act in Las Vegas. People in a trance would not remember later a conversation they had while in the trance on stage. What happened with my dad was he was in a focused trance watching the game and received the instructions while he was in that state. When he stopped watching the game and left that trance, the instructions he received and agreed to were dropped back to his unconscious mind and he didn’t remember them. I’m sure you’ve experienced safety speakers whose message wasn’t remembered shortly after they were gone.
People and safety speakers often ask me if some people can’t be hypnotized and the answer is no; in fact, each of us goes in and out of trance states several times a day. Trance is defined as a focused state, not some magical mystical experience. You have perhaps noticed this phenomenon when driving and arriving somewhere and you don’t remember the details of driving there. You were in a focused trance state.
So how does this relate to safety and safety speakers? The danger is if someone is in a focused state and they begin a new task they might not see hazards that otherwise would be obvious. That focused state they were in doing the previous task could prevent them from being fully aware of what is around them. You and your workers must make sure they are not in a focused trance state when they change tasks or are listening to instructions. The easiest way to do this is to change your body position. Stop, look around, stretch and then focus on the second task. Once you are out of the one task you can now effectively evaluate the safety of your next task.
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