What Is The Unconscious Mind Like?

To comprehend hypnosis, you cannot leave out the unconscious mind. What then is the unconscious mind? See the metaphor at What Is The Unconscious Mind Like.





Utilisation is a term used in the Milton Model of hypnosis.

Like its literal meaning, it means “make use of something”.

For instance, if a hypnotherapist observes that his client’s facial muscles are tense and cannot relax well, he can utilise this situation by saying something like “tense facial and body muscles will add more stress to the body that create toxins that if not being properly discharged, can accumulate inside and harm the body. In order to benefit and enjoy a healthy body, it is beneficial for you to start relaxing all your muscles…”

This approach allows you to be creative in handling the situation.

Selectional Restriction Violation

“The frog says it can jump high and far.”

“The chair replies it feels comfortable sitting in this room.”

“The tree sings it’s way to freedom.”

Does the above sentences make sense? Not logically.

They are language aim at communicating with the subconscious mind. The subconscious knows that the things, animal and tree do not talk or sing. It does know that the statement carries a meaning aim directed at the listener.

There are a number of Presuppositions mentioned in NLP. One of them is:

  • Resistance in a client is due to a lack of rapport. That is there are no resistant clients, only inflexible therapists.

This presupposition matches the beliefs of Milton Erickson, a hypnotherapist that was being studied by the founder of NLP.

Erickson believed in building close rapport with the client. That is why he was observant of the client’s body language (like the fluttering of the eyes). All these little and subtle body movements reveal the unconscious reactions from the client.

He clearly understood that people have different characters, personalities, experiences, preferences and so on. There is no one-size-fit-all model.  Which is why he did not use the traditional hypnosis approach of direct suggestion. He knows some clients will resist.

Instead, he developed the approach of indirect suggestions which was perfect in the sense that the indirect suggestions were vague and did not give specific answer to the client. The client would have to search within himself to get the answer. 

My understanding of his statement tells that a therapist (whether hypnotherapist or others), does require to be creative enough to be flexible in using the right approach.

NLP & Hypnosis

NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming is the study of pattern of excellence and using tools and techniques to eliminate bad habits and demonstrate peak performance.

Hypnosis is about entering into a trance state and using suggestions to work with our unconscious mind.

But why people always bring these two fields of discipline together? This is because NLP is the study of pattern of excellence found in experts in the various fields and disciplines. And a reasonable chunk of NLP studies is based on the study of Milton Erickson, a renowned hypnotherapist.  It is later developed into Milton Model in NLP. 

Which Is Not Alternative Medicine

Guess which one is not an alternative medicine:

a. Hypnosis

b. Traditional Chinese Medicine

c. Naturopathy

d. Medication for heart attack prescribed by a hospital doctor

e. Yoga

f, Herbal Medicine

g. Reiki

The answer is below:

d. Medication for heart attack prescribed by a hospital doctor – this is considered mainstream and not an alternative medicine.