Processing Information & Hypnosis

In previous articles involving Indirect Hypnosis, I’ve talked about the following:

Now I’m going to begin a journey in which I will focus on a pure form of Indirect Hypnosis. Indirect Hypnosis, being hypnosis techniques used to subtly communicate with another person’s subconscious mind without them noticing.

I will begin by talking about the greatest Hypnotist of all time and his amazing journey…

Milton Erickson

Erickson was born in Nevada in 1901, but I’ll skip ahead to the exciting part. He was stricken with a disease, after graduating from high school, that left him paralyzed except that he could still see, hear and think unimpaired. Because of his impairment, he had little to do, but watch the others that interacted around him.

He discovered that verbal and nonverbal communication was filled with contradiction. He also noticed communication occurred on many levels that he previously was unaware being:

  • Tonalities
  • Associations
  • Accidental Contradictions
  • Omissions
  • Distortion’s in the amount of time that past
  • Emphases
  • Redundancies
  • Ambiguities
  • Indirectness
  • and many more…

He went on to medical school and regained his ability to walk. Through out his career he studied communication. His main belief was that our unconscious mind was always listening. Hence, if he wished to place a suggestion into a person’s mind he only needed to by-pass their conscious thoughts.

Trance is a common experience that everyone experiences. If you have ever arrived home and not remembered the drive as a whole, you experienced trance. Maybe because of Subliminal Messages implanted in the commercials coming from your radio?

Erickson developed many ways to both induce and enhance trance states. How also developed unique ways to make suggestions that the patients readily accepted. Unlike traditional hypnotist’s he believed the unconscious mind would not accept authoritative suggestions, but instead welcomed symbols, storie’s and metaphor’s loaded with suggestion’s. What is easier to believe a command, “You will stop overeating now”, or “You can imagine yourself losing weight.”

I could talk on and one about Milton Erickson, but will instead focus on the subject at hand being how we process information. If you would like to read more on his fascinating life read Uncommon Therapy: The Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D.

The Map is Not the Territory

We as people do not comprehend everything that is going on around us. There is way to much information to process. We instead all see the world in our own way, based off of many personal factors. I talk at length about the rules we follow in my Meta-Programming Articles.

Our maps will differ from the real world in three major ways. Some experiences will be Deleted. We pay attention to certain parts of an experience and exclude others. This is the foundation of depression, in which the person blocks out anything positive.

We can also Distort our experiences. If I tell you to imagine something important to you being painted with black and white strips, you can. This is an example of how we imagine that which isn’t there. We also Distort our experiences when they contradict past experiences, that we used to map our personal world.

Thirdly we Generalize. Here we create a rule based off of an experience and then connect that rule to other experiences that are unrelated. Examples might include: all dogs are stinky, Dodge vehicles are garbage, all men are dogs, etc.

Language Representations

Each phrase in every language that exists has two different representations. The way it appears (Surface Structure) and what is meant (Deep Structure).

For example “The vase fell over.” The Deep Structural analysis of this phrase tells us the following:

  • This event occurred in the past
  • A vase was involved
  • The vase fell
  • Something caused it to fall
  • One may assume that it may have broken
  • One may assume that if it broke many activities should be performed. (Clean up the glass, inform others to avoid glass, etc.)
  • Here I actually assumed the vase was glass, even though I don’t know that.

These simple four words make our brains fire in so many directions and move us into action. This may seem simple at this point, but it is very important to understand how powerfully words effect us. All of these thoughts occurred in your unconscious in an instant. How might a change of a negative to a positive thought in your mind completely change your life.

Representational Systems

I’ve written in length on Representational System’s in my Meta Programming article. There I described how people organize their experiences Visually, Auditorily or Kinetically (Actions & Feelings). If you are able to utilize the Representational System, they prefer, they will understand you that much better.

You can find out what system someone prefers by asking them like:

  • “What lets you know that you can believe a product feels right for you?”
  • “Do you buy something because it sounds right, makes sense, looks right, or feels right?”
  • “When do you know someone made the right decision when it sounds like they did, when it looks like they did, when it makes sense, or when it feels like they did?”

Analyze the adjectives and eye movement’s they use to find their system. For more info on this see NLP Meta Programs.

Speaking Like Erickson

When Erickson began his therapy, he matched his patients:

  • Breathing
  • Tone of Voice
  • Speed of Speech
  • Inflection’s
  • Word’s
  • Phrase’s
  • Chosen Representational System’s

He also would describe everything they were doing. Once the patient was comfortable he would begin suggesting what they were thinking. This is done so that the other person feels comfortable with you leading them.

After the client began to trust that Erickson’s description of current events were true, Erickson now can change reality and watch as the client continued to follow along. This technique is used by salespeople all the time with among other things “The Yes Set.”

Erickson then begins to make statements which are immediately verifiable and then link them to a command like this:

“…as you sit there, listening to the sound of my voice, you will relax more and more…”

This technique is known as a Simple Conjunction. Another stronger linkage is known as a Cause-Effect Statement. Here is an example:

“…sitting there, listening to my voice, will make you relax more and more…”

He would then move on to make vague statements, that he trusted the client to come to conclusions with unconsciously. Example:

“…and you may be more aware of a certain part of your body…”

The client is definitely aware of some part of their own body, and will except what is being told. He could then tack on another command after making this statement.

The Power is in the Conjunction

Very specific Conjunctions are used to link both the decription’s of what is occurring and the commands. I wrote about the power of because in another article and I present it again as an example of the power of conjunctions.

The Power of Because

A study revealed that the word “because” holds an immense amount of power. It showed that most people are very likely to follow a direction just because the word “because” is used. I learned later that much of the power found in indirect hypnosis is provided with specific conjunctions, but I’ll get to that in a future article.

They had a woman go into a library and use different techniques to cut in line at a photo copier. Here are the results:

  • 60% of people let her cut line when she asked, “May I use the Xerox machine?”
  • 93% of people let her cut line when she asked, “May I use the Xerox because, I have to make some copies?”
  • 94% of people let her cut line when she asked, “May I use the Xerox, because I’m in a rush?”
  • Over 75% of people where inclined to conform when the person just said, “May I use the Xerox, because?”

Numerous other studies have also proven the power of conjunctions in influencing others. They are detailed in Influence: Science and Practice.

That’s All Folk’s

Next time I’ll give you a list of hypnotic phrase’s that you can use to link your own suggestion’s and description’s. If you have any question’s leave them below.

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4 Responses to “Processing Information & Hypnosis”

  1. Ryan says:

    I was hoping you could provide me with the original sources of your information on NLP?

    It would be great if you could e-mail the info. I’m a Ph.D. student in psychology looking for a great deal of info on NLP.

    I love what you have on the website but I’d love some more info.


    • admin says:

      I’ve read everything that the following people have written on the subject: Richard Bandler, John Grinder, Michael Hall, Shlomo Vaknin, Milton Erickson and Carl Jung off the top of my head.

      You guys don’t know this but I’ve been filling composition books for years with book reports on crazy stuff I’ve read. Kind of like a personal blog before blogs existed. Most of these articles are a combination of 40 or 50 different books.

      It may help you navigate the site better if you looked at the table of contents page. If there is anything you’d specifically like to cover just post a comment. Hope that helps? NLP has fascinated me for years 🙂

      • tai says:

        hello sir

        I just want to thank you for all your wonderful works it is inspiring me in ways you could not understand thank you very much.

        I would like to know how you remembered everything off the top of your head can you do a topic on how to memorize subjects and also how to self hypnotism p.s do you have a photographic memory because your works are fantastic

        • admin says:

          You’re very welcome 🙂 I’m not as smart as it may seem. I great deal of the programming stuff is permanently locked in my brain because I’ve done this stuff for almost 20 years. A lot of the psychology stuff I pull from notes I’ve written over the years along with many good books.

          The one thing I’m pretty good at is speed reading. I however think I’m able to create so much only because I love to learn. It is my favorite thing to do. I also enjoy the challenge of presenting information in new ways. I constantly try to improve. I wrote a bit about how I study here Study Methods.

          As per self hypnosis, I’m going to be covering that topic more in the near future. I’ve held off on covering hypnotic storytelling, but I’m getting close to making that video as well. Thank you for the kind words and the requests – Derek


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