This article starts off with a major fallacy in the second paragraph, to wit, that a hypnotist cannot "take over someone's brain and run them around like a puppet against their will."

This is nonsense. Much of the work done with clinicial hypnosis (of which I was once a practitioner) is to help people break bad habits of thought or action and assert new ones. While the patient may acquiese to the treatment, the sub-conscious mind is definitely being forced to do things it does not want to do.

A more pertinent example of hypnotic mind control is "branwashing," which is a hypnotic technique used to change the victims core beliefs and incite them to actions they would not have taken otherwise.

The entire advertising industry is based upon techniques designed to generate sub-conscious motivations to action, which is nothing more than commercial (as opposed to political) branwashing.

Some of the exact same techniques that are used in clinical hypnosis are also used in brainwashing, otherwise known as mind control.

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