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Easy Now Or Later?

Let me ask you a question? Would you prefer to work hard at your goal now and then enjoy later or shelf aside the hard work needed to attain your goal now and enjoy life first?

If you are the person who would set your goal and start taking actions towards your goal and keeping focusing on it, then you are have the right mental attitude.  Sadly, most people adopt the wrong thinking by not willing to do anything working on their goal now and keep hoping that they can still achieve their goal later in life. In short, they postpone and postpone until it is too late.

Life is short! You are encouraged to condition or hypnotize yourself to think the right thinking so that you work hard now and enjoy your sweet success in the near future.

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Active Unconscious Learning

Milton Erickson defines trance state as Active unconscious learning.

First, he believes that hypnosis is of the unconscious or subconscious mind. And everyone has a subconscious mind that is filled with resources. What he needs to do is to learn to communicate with the patient’s subconscious mind, speaks its language and build a rapport. The patient will then draw out from his own experience the resources that provide a solution to his problems.

Emile Coue

Emile Coue was a French psychologist and pharmacist who invented the “Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better” after he stumbled upon a patient who was cured by taking sugar pill instead of prescribed drug. This “self-healing” is known as Placebo Effect.

When a person believes something strongly, he will create a so-called Self-fulfilling Prophecy. For example, if you believe strongly that you can do a certain thing, your mind that believes in it will give command to the body to act it all out.

The self-hypnosis suggestions are probably used as a placebo effect. 

Dave Elman

People who studied hypnosis will know who is Dave Elman. He is one of the great personalities in the hypnosis field.  His approach to hypnosis is that of a paternal style and using direct suggestions. His approach could be said to be the opposite of Milton Erickson’s indirect suggestions.

Direct suggestions does not mean the hypnosis has to be quick to successfully induce a trance on a person in seconds or minutes. In direct suggestions, the induction method could be either a quick one or a slow method. 

By direct suggestion, it means the hypnosis is conducted in more of a one-way method. The hypnotherapist gives the suggestion and the client follows them.

His approach is best used by a well-trained hypnotherapist who knows his craft well.

The “Yes” Technique

The “Yes” technique is used in hypnosis induction.  

For instance, a hypnotherapist may ask the following question:

a. I believe you have had a time when you feel happy (client will recall and say Yes)

b. During the happy moment, did your body feel more relaxed than uptight? (client knew the answer and say Yes).

c. Do you want to create a moment where you feel relaxed and happy. (client will obviously say Yes).

And so one question after another will lead and pace the client into a hypnotic state.t

This method is also adapted by sales person in closing sales. Example, a sales person selling house could ask his client:

a. Do you wish to get back to home early rather than late? 

b. If it could save you time on travelling, does it mean you have more available time for your family?

c.  If you spend more quality time with them, would it improve your relationship?

Paternal Hypnosis

Paternal hypnosis refers to hypnosis that uses an authoritative approach.

The hypnotherapist controls the process by simply giving instructions to his client who then follow them. 

Examples of authoritative style are:

a. Now close your eyes and go into trance.

b. Asking the hypnotized person to place his hand on the hypnotist’s hand and with a sudden pull of the hand, the hypnotized person’s hand dropped and was told to close his eyes and go into a trance.

This kind of hypnosis can work because of “Authority”. People always like to listen or at least pay attention to a person who is an authority in any fields. Subconsciously, they have already conditioned themselves.

The Milton Erickson Approach

If you have read my blog posts, you would know by now who is Milton Erickson.  He discovered conversational hypnosis and used indirect suggestions as his approach in hypnosis.

His approach is considered a maternal style since he does not believe in commanding his client to follow his words.  Instead, he believes that in each person there lies a deep reservoir of resources within his mind. When a person has problem, he could solve it himself since he has the resources available at any time.  Thus, Milton’s role is that of a facilitator, gently guiding the person to tap into his own resources

For example, a question may be asked “have you had a time when you feel extremely confident?” This question will prompt his client to pull out from his mind’s library an experience that matches what is asked. Then he may be told to relive that experience. This is an example of using your own resources to solve your problem.