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.

Permissive Suggestions

Suggestions are at the heart of hypnosis.

There is one kind of suggestions known as “Permissive Suggestions”.

The following are some examples of such:

When you are ready, take a deep breath.

> As you close your eyes and listen to my voice, allow yourself to become relaxed.

> If you hear my voice, lift your index finger.

If your eyes are  tired, you may close your eyes.

Permissive suggestions are adopted with the thought of not wanting to sound commanding, demanding or giving instructions to the hypnotized person.

Language Ambiguity

Language Ambiguity is also a Milton Model aim at confusing the client in hypnotherapy.

Can you look at the ice (eyes) and starts to feel cold?

It takes years (ears) to listen carefully.

The sentences each contain a word that sound almost identical but has a different meaning. Ice and Eyes sound the same but mean different thing. This is to confuse the mind to believe that the Ice is the Eyes.

Conversational Postulate

Conversational Posturate is one of the Milton Model’s subconscious language.

Put it simply, it is a question used in hypnotherapy that leads to either a Yes or a No answer.

Examples are:

Can you hear my voice?

The relaxation feels good, isn’t it?

Can you imagine a big balloon floating mid air?

Take For Granted

We tend to take for granted things that are natural. And because they are natural, we simply do not think much about them.

Take for instance our digestive system. Just because it can digest food for us, sometime we may feel guilty of just swallow (gobble) food with little chewing. This is not healthy for our body. We are letting the stomach do the extra work to digest the food, robbing the blood from flowing to our brain when we need to do the thinking.

Another example is our eyes. We can work or play with ease because of our ability to see. Because of this, most people would tend to care less about their eyes. They do not give them sufficient interval rest, such as looking at a far distant every 20 minutes of work.

The same goes to stretching our brain and not giving it much interval rest. It is as good as saying that we are forcing our mind to stay at the conscious level and does not want it to go into the subconscious level.