That’s right… I said ‘Cockatiel Hypnosis’!
I’m a HUGE believer in NLP, which is a form of self hypnosis used to help people quit smoking, achieve more success, get a better job, do better in athletics etc…
So, to help you understand how I’ve been recently using hypnosis to instantly change the mood of my Cockatiel, Magoo, here’s a brief glimpse into how my brain worked up this crazy theory…
How Self Hypnosis Could Work In Cockatiel, Parrots and Any Type Of Bird
First, let me say that Hypnosis is VERY real!
I first saw a hypnotist act while I was still going to high school in Spokane, Washington. And my brother, who’s now a professional magician, was a fanatic at making sure we went to see every new entertainment act he could so me, his reluctant brother went to see this hypnotist in action.
And WOW, did he make a BELIEVER out of me!
The hypnotist took volunteers from the audience, put them into a trance, and literally programmed these people to do weird and funny behaviors whenever the hypnotist would say a certain word.
He programmed one guy, who was the toughest looking, over-weight trucker in the audience, to stand up and scream at the top of his lungs.. “I LOVE wearing women’s underwear!” every time the hypnotist said the guy’s name.
It was HILARIOUS
But, hypnosis is more than just a funny side show that makes you laugh; it can also be a powerful tool for self improvement. One type of self hypnosis, that has become VERY respected for the results its achieving, is NLP.
NLP, otherwise known as Neuro-Linguistic Programming, trains you to take something that you’re really
scared of, like spiders, and replace that ‘scared’ feeling with a feeling of extreme calmness or peace.
Then, it shows you how to trigger that feeling of peace every time you think of spiders, until you no
longer feel afraid.
So, as I was reading up on this NLP, I got to thinking: I wonder if this would work on all birds also?
Could it be possible to replace the feelings of aggression in my birds, with the feelings of joy or happiness by ‘hypnotizing’ him?
I know it sounds like a long shot, but I think it actually works!
Here’s how I tested it on my Cockatiel. As you know, I recently released a course that teaches Parrots how to talk on cue, which is now available. As I was producing that course, I realized that our Cockatiel was VERY willing to step up and be pet while he was in the act of singing or talking. Something about how he felt while talking made him a LOT happier.
This allowed me to know exactly when my bird was in a GREAT mood which was when he whistled his happy song I call it but I’ve yet to figure out where he got it from. So if my cockatiel feels happy while singing or saying a certain word, would making him say that word also put him in a better mood?
Could these two actions be connected?
For my bird, they WERE!
I can now simply start to mimic his favorite whistle when he’s in a bad mood and refusing to behave, and WHAALAA his bad mood vanishes instantly! It’s truly amazing and makes you relieze how smart your cockatiels are!
It’s like I’m the pied piper taking control with my flute, excuse me – I mean whistle lol.
I think it’s using the same hypnosis principals. It’s taking a feeling of happiness and pairing it with an action, in this case, singing Winnie The Pooh. The bird is then trained to not just sing the song when he’s happy, but actually be HAPPY while singing the song. I can then sing the song myself, and this seems to trigger my bird to actually feel happy.
Sure sounds like hypnosis to me.
Or at the very least – a cue to be happy. I know this theory sounds like it’s an episode on some late night Sci-Fi channel, but I think it’s worth exploring. I’d love to hear back from you if you’ve had similar experiences with your birds.
So, Until Next Time, Happy Training From Cockatiel Cages!