People ponder of swinging watch on a chain, or staring deeply into a spinning top when thinking hypnosis. Believe it or not, there are no magical spells, or incantations that require to be invoked to cause a hypnotic state in a person.
But, you might ask, what is conversational hypnosis? Is it real? And, Can it be used? Conversational or covert hypnosis as it is called is very real. You can learn conversational hypnosis to use it. People learn to use this hypnosis to influence people indirectly and finely. This is one in many main reasons people learn covert hypnosis.
Dr. Milton Erickson was a noted psychotherapist who believed trance states were natural phenomena, phenomena in which people slipped in and out of several times a day. Erickson used this idea to find that if he used indirect suggestions with a little confusion, timing and rhythm in his rapport with people, he could bring about them into trance hypnotic states.
There are three stages applied in conversational hypnosis. The first stage is developing a rapport with the subject, objective being putting yourself at ease, allowing the subject to be comfortable and at ease with you.
Letting the subject feel at home during conversation is a subtle trust issue. This also allows the subject become receptive to you which is important.
The second stage of conversational hypnosis is not straight. It requires you to inject a mild confusion into conversation. The confusion must toss the subject off balance which is not much dramatic.
For example the subject might be discussing an event involving someone both of you knows. Suddenly you interject a point the subject mentioned as happening differently.
When the subject tries to correct you, you act to agree with what he said the first time, as if you were both in agreement all along. To confuse is to put subject in a vulnerable state. You are baffling them off guard.
The subject is vulnerable in this state of confusion and is now open to suggestion. The subject in an unconscious level where he wants to resolve his confused state and is open to solutions which can escape this state the subject is now in.
The third stage is only about timing. The subject, who is still in a state of confusion, is also distracted. In this time of unconsciousness and distracted state, you can seed in your suggestion. Remember, conversational hypnosis is subtle.
If it is your boss and you set up for a raise, do not blow it with, “By the way, you should give me that raise instead of Julie from accounting.” The statement is not subtle. Conversational or covert hypnosis works only on some people. The process requires practice in few areas.
It is essential to know how to read the subject properly before trying this technique on them. Everyone is different and knowing that difference goes a long way to induce properly. If conversational hypnosis sounds interesting and you wish to look into it deeper, there are several good publications which address this topic in detail.
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Ledochowski is one of Dr. Milton Erickson’s students and is a renowned trainer in the field of hypnosis worldwide. Click on the link below to visit his web site.