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Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Look At Conversational Hypnosis

Posted by patrick

By John Pray

Communication is indeed a tool that can be very powerful. This can be illustrated in the case of conversational hypnosis. Conversational hypnosis is a process wherein a person's initial perception is altered with regards to the problem that is being faced.

This will have to be done through the interaction of the hypnotist and the patient.

A session of conversational hypnosis usually starts with a stage called the affinity. Hypnosis only works if there is rapport that exists between the hypnotist and the patient.

This can happen if the hypnotist makes the patient understand that he understands his situation completely.

To drive home the point, let's say that a hypnotist is working with an agoraphobic person to address his fear of being in crowds. When the patient tells the hypnotist that "it is very hard to be in his situation", the hypnotist should say in return that "I do understand what you're going through. Yes, it is hard".

The next step in conversational hypnosis is the distraction. After the hypnotist gets the trust of the patient, the hypnotist now goes on to distract the patient by directing the patient's mind to a different thoughts other than the problem.

During this stage, the hypnotist will attempt to sway the patient's thinking into something which does not involve the problem. The hypnotist usually asks several questions to successfully allow the patient to think of something else.

To follow through with the example I made before, in order for the hypnotist to distract the patient, he can ask something along the lines of "what do you think it would be like if you lived all alone on this planet?"

Although the question may not be logical but it is effective in distracting the patient.

Once the patient has his mind off his problem, the hypnotist can start suggesting different ideas and thoughts that lead to the solution of the problem.

Because the patient has finally relinquished control over his problem by not thinking about it, the hypnotist could probably say things like "life is so much different if you talked to people" and the like.

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