Trance State – How To Get People Out Of It

Let me reveal to you a successful way to get people’s attention, even if their minds are preoccupied by many important matters. Would you wish to know?

But you can only be let in this secret in my next blog post.

For most people, they will react to the above with impatience, because we have just used one of the secrets to get the attention of people.

You see, every one of us at any moment is absorbed with our own thoughts (be it planning to do something, worry about something, finding solution to something etc).

This applies even to people who are reading a blog post or in a conversation or sitting there doing nothing.

They may physically be there but their mind is off to somewhere.

Therefore, getting people’s attention to what you are saying/writing is important. It is the first step to an effective communication.

Some authors called these “in a trance”, which is quite accurate. Trance is a state where your mind is absorbed in certain things.

Another word that describes this is Pre-occupied.

What you need is their attention out of the dozen things that are competing for their attention.

Only when they are focusing on what you are presenting, you are as good as not presenting at all.

They may not remember or only have only a vague memory of what you have said or done if they are attention-deficit towards you.

How then do you jolt them out of the trance?

One great technique that you can use is what I call the jigsaw puzzle. You give pieces of the complete picture. People will be curious to find out more.

This is especially so for the things they are interested in.

It is a fact that the human mind (the larger subconscious) likes the unknown. If the mind knew the whole picture, it will lose interest quickly unless there are more things to unfold before them.

Therefore giving bits of information would entice people quite effectively.

Have you seen movie trailer? This is an example of giving out some “exciting information” to get your attention.

Our mind is always trying to make sense of the world around us. By having a little data, this would trigger its curiosity to find data to complete the picture.

If the mind could not find the data, it will use its imagination faculty to imagine what is the missing thing.

Either way, whether you get people to think, imagine or look for something, you have gotten their attention.

You would have succeeded. But of course that is only the first step.

However without that first step, the outcome that you desire may not even be fruitful.


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.