Describe the ethical issues surrounding neuro-linguistic programming and hypnosis. (min. 150 words)
C. Roy Hunter gives a very good encompassing and appropriate simple defining rule to ethics in hypnosis:
Do for the client what you would want done if the roles were reversed.
This pretty much wedges perfectly in the type of ethics in ADF spirituality and priesthood which we are trying to accomplish. The National Guild of Hypnotists created an outline of ethics to follow to help keep the industry and trade safe and maintain the integrity of the practice. One of the biggest potential threats that someone may experience while under a trance-like state is sexual misconduct if approached by an unethical hypnotist (Hunter, 145). Though, really, any method of taking advantage of a patient while they are under a trance-induced state is unethical. Beyond sexual misconduct, this could mean financial/fraud manipulation and emotional manipulation.
The ethical standards are also important for the safety of the practitioner. You could get sued for any of the above and risk your entire career if found guilty of client misconduct. So all it’s very important (in really all forms of business and counseling) to conduct yourself with the highest moral integrity, especially acting as a representative to the Gods.
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