Ericksonian Hypnotherapy

by Bob Walsh

Everyday trances that aren’t really noticed are for example when you go on an elevator, or when you are daydreaming, or even when you go into a shopping mall and walk through the isles – you’re in the “shopping mall trance”.

The Traditional Approach To Hypnosis

There are two kinds of hypnosis where the hypnotist uses an authoritarian voice, direct suggestions and hypnotic commands on the hypnotic subject. The hypnotist uses language like: “Close your eyes now, and go into a deep trance right away!”

The problem with authoritarian hypnosis is that it doesn’t work for everybody. There are a lot of people for whom this kind of hypnosis doesn’t work. And traditional hypnotherapists call them “resistant clients” or even “unhypnotizable”. But these people are really not unhypnotizable, they just resent the authority and the commands. And that doesn’t mean that they have an authority problem – it just means that they don’t go into trance that way. If you are a hypnotist that does not have any other means to put people into trance, then off course it seems to you like that person is unhypnotizable. But that person is really not unhypnotizable, but the problem there is the hypnotist. Because that hypnotist then doesn’t have the mental flexibility to change his style to accomodate the hypnotic subject.

So what is the alternative to this authoritative, traditional style of hypnosis?

Ericksonian Hypnosis

Ericksonian Hypnosis is all about indirect suggestions and purposefully vague language. And this works really for everybody, because it’s difficult to resist a suggestion if you don’t recognize it as such. It really slips under the radar of your conscious mind and there just is no way that resistance can be built up – because if you don’t notice anything, then you can not resist that thing that you don’t notice. Simple logic at work.

Now what are indirect suggestions exactly?

The most elegant and skillful way of indirect suggestions are stories and metaphors. Stories that are designed in a specific way that leads to certain conclusions that the subconscious mind of the hypnotic subject will reach -> Please claim your free hypnosis education now if you want to learn this. Just put in your name and email address in the box in the upper right corner of this page. -> The conscious mind is being entertained and distracted by a seemingly interesting or even boring story, while the subconscious mind is getting all “the good stuff”.

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