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CHAPTER VII.
EFFECTS OF ADVERSE SUGGESTION.
The Subjective Mind Incapable of Controversial Argument. A Sceptical Audience demoralizes it. The Presence of an Avowed Sceptic prevents Successful Exhibition of Subjective Phenomena. Labouchere and Bishop. The Royal Academy of Medicine. Its Offer to Clairvoyants. Failure to earn Reward. Harmonious Conditions required by Spiritists. The Seybert Commission. Trance-Speaking Mediums. How demoralized. Adverse Suggestion the Cause of Failure in All Cases. Possible Lack of Telepathic Conditions in Bishop's Case. General Conclusions. Failure Consistent with Honesty of Mediums.
A NOTHER important peculiarity of the subjective mind is that it is incapable of controversial argument. This subject has been briefly alluded to in a former chapter; but it is of so much importance that a more extended consideration of it is demanded, inasmuch as it affords a clear explanation of various phenomena which have never yet been satisfactorily accounted for. It is well known among hypnotists that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to make satisfactory experiments with a subject in the presence of a sceptical audience. Especially is this true if the scepticism is open, avowed, and aggressive. It is also well known that, when a subject is in a state of lucid somnambulism, no satisfactory results can be obtained if any one disputes him, or attempts an argument, or accuses him of shamming, or of a want of good faith. Such a course always results in great distress of mind on the part of the