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Mardigu Wowiek Prasantyo: Under his spell

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 2 2010   /  08:54 am

Mardigu Wowiek Prasantyo is like everyone’s best friend: The police, private companies, celebrities or drug addicts will all come knocking on his door for help when they’re in trouble. JP/Dian KuswandiniThe police might call him a forensic hypnosis investigator; the media might label him a terrorism expert. The public, however, simply knows him as a hypnotherapist. And that job title best sums up his ability to do many things — from untangling terrorism cases and helping companies keep their employee’s loyalty, to freeing people from the shackles of certain addictions. “People began to see this profession with respect, and it’s such a blessing to me,” says the 44 year old, who founded the country’s first hypnosis school — the Hypnosis Training Institute of Indonesia (HTII) in 2004. “Hypnosis used to be associated with black magic, but now people have a better understa...