Hypnosis Suggestion Styles
How to develop as a hypnotist
Hypnosis Suggestion Styles
Every hypnotist has their own style. Some are very show-bizzy, some work in a formal office with gentle hypnotherapy, some do low key street hypnosis. Doctors and nurses use hypnosis techniques often without realizing. Advertisers use hypnosis techniques all the time. Lovers use hypnosis to heighten their relationship. All these different way of using hypnosis actually on use a few basic techniques.
There are five Hypnosis Suggestion Styles, ways of effecting change through hypnosis: Direct Suggestion, Indirect Suggestion, Cognitive methods, Metaphor Therapy, and Regression methods. All other methods are a combination of these.
Direct suggestion hypnotherapy is the simplest and most direct way of affecting the subconscious mind. Direct suggestions are like commands fired at the unconscious mind. They may seem unsophisticated but they can be very effective. All hypnotherapy uses direct suggestion to some extent. Direct suggestion has the advantage of being easy to formulate, easy to understand and easy to deliver. The disadvantage is that the subconscious mind may reject the suggestion if it conflicts with core beliefs. The structure and wording of direct suggestions needs considerable skill to achieve maximum effect. This section has examples of good and bad direct suggestion.
Indirect suggestion hypnotherapy was developed to avoid the disadvantages of direct suggestion. Indirect suggestions are elegant and subtle and slide around the subconscious mind's resistance to direct suggestion. The disadvantages of indirect suggestion are that they are difficult to construct on the fly, and they can sometimes be so indirect that the subconscious mind either does not react at all, or takes the wrong meaning from them. There is a long standing debate as to whether direct or indirect suggestions are best. Research suggests that both are equally effective when done well.
Metaphors are a form of indirect suggestion when they are delivered as stories that invite the client to identify with the events in the story. Metaphors can also lead the client through a specially prepared situation using action metaphors. The most sophisticated use of metaphor uses the client's own metaphor or reality and works with the client interactively to develop their metaphoric representations and find resources that will allow them to remove whatever is blocking their development.
Cognitive Modelling is a type of metaphor modelling. It is widely used and is the basis of much of the therapy used in NLP and in CBT. Cognitive modelling consists of getting the client to visualize their problem as a particular situation, and then guiding them to mentally alter that visualization.
Regression is a standard way of treating incident based fears. In trance the client is taken back to the critical incident in childhood. The client is then guided gently forward through the incident and asked to look objectively at what is going on, to realise that the affair was in reality harmless, that the person in charge should have done more to protect that child. The purpose of this is to create a different view of the incident, seeing it from an adult perspective, instead of from the child's perspective.
Very often reassessing the incident is enough to destroy the fear. The regression sometimes consists of replaying the incident, but this time with the client's adult mind guiding the child through to a successful conclusion. Instead of being humiliated, the child triumphs. These impressions replace the old feelings of fear and dread. The result is that the next time the client thinks about their problem issue, feelings of triumph and control come to mind, not fears. Regression is very effective.
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