My Friend John Hypnosis Induction
Resistant? Can't be hypnotized? analytical? Use My Friend John
My Friend John Induction Script
My Friend John is a powerful hypnotic technique. It is simple and flexible. It is perfect for overcoming resistance. Use this script with any client who is analytical or suspicious of hypnotism. There are a lot of people like that. In fact, they are afraid of losing control, and won't go into trance because not being in control all the time makes them feel uncomfortable.
My Friend John is often used when a standard hypnotic induction is not working. If you see that your subject is not going under, then just switch to this induction. It is particularly effective with teenagers, who often think they are too smart to be taken in by hypnosis. They don't like authority and will resist direct inductions.
The My Friend John sneaks the induction past their critical mind. Tell them you are not doing hypnosis: you just want them to try a visualization exercise. Say you just want them to listen to what you say, and repeat it. Nothing threatening about that, is there? Most people are intrigued, and happy to try it out. What they don't realize is that they will guide themselves into trace without even realizing it.
The My Friend John is attributed to Milton Erickson. He introduced the idea of gentle, persuasive hypnotic inductions. Before Erickson's time inductions were either uncomfortable, like the Eye Fixation Induction, or theatrical like the Hand Lift induction, or violent and involved startling the subject by yelling 'SLEEP' at them unexpectedly.
Erickson used subtle wording and imagery to get the client to forget about him for a moment and instead allow their attention to drift away, following what he was saying about something else. These became know as Indirect Hypnosis, and ultimately as Conversational Hypnosis.
It is amazing how, with the right indirect technique, even the most difficult client will just slip away after a few sentences.
My Friend John is indirect, but actually is a self induction. The listener pretends to be a hypnotist by repeating everything the hypnotist says. But the process of repeating the hypnotic instructions puts the hypnotic ideas into their mind and thinking about relaying the suggestions causes them to go into trance. It is very effective. It is not only good for clients with a busy mind, it is good for all subjects. Many professional hypnotists use it on every client.
You should learn the My Friend John routine and practice it with a non-analytical person first. Then you will be ready to switch to it for your next difficult client.
Excerpt from My Friend John Induction Script
|Maybe you are curious about hypnosis and maybe you wonder how it works and wondering how well it might work with you?||I||Mind reading|
|It's natural to be curious about something like that and before you even think about being hypnotised I would like to explain to you how I put other people into trance. Is that OK?||I||Bind|
|Imagination||It's probably easiest if you imagine you were hypnotising someone else. So just listen to me describe how I would do it. You don' t have to anything except listen.|
|Imagination<||Just imagine there is someone sitting in that chair beside you, or in another chair somewhere, or even lying down....||D||Visualization|
|And what you do is... you tell them gently to relax... say to them.... Relax.... let your shoulders droop..... let your arms flop.... imagine how the arms could just lie heavy and relaxed.... as if they were made of lead....||D|
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|And now.... allow the mind to focus on the hands... allow the mind to become aware of the left hand and the right hand... what they are feeling... where they are.... and allow the mind to choose one hand or the other hand and you might become curious as to which hand will be chosen.... and when the mind has chosen....||Depth test|
|One finger or a thumb will lift on its own.... entirely without effort.... or it might be a hand or a wrist or something else... and that will a signal that you have done what you want....||Look for confirmation of trance|
|[Carry on with the therapy]|