Conversational Hypnosis: A Farce or a Fact?
Hypnosis is the state of mind when you are under the influence of an external source that tries to
ingrain thoughts in you, which you end up turning into action. All this happens at a subconscious level
and it can be manifested both for the good and the bad. There are many types of hypnosis;
conversational hypnosis is one such type of subconscious manipulation of the human mind. Like the
name suggests, conversational hypnosis is brought about on target subjects by means of conversation. It
does not necessarily take the form of a clinical procedure. Instead conversational hypnosis is done such
that you hardly even notice it.
The quintessential conversational hypnotist should possess the ability to develop and deliver a constant
flow of ideas. These ideas should flow smoothly and to do so the hypnotist needs a lot of practice. It is a
must that every word you speak is never on a commanding note or in any way aggressively instructional.
Instead the words are so well picked that they give a sense of comfort to the person being hypnotized
and should also be fluid, enjoyable and pleasing to the ears. But before the hypnotist even talks they are
supposed to hear out the problems of the person who is seeking the hypnotist’s help. After they
patiently hear them talk, they must try and distract the subject from the ongoing topic. This is done so
that the subject’s mind is freed with the issues they spoke about and thus paves a way for the hypnotist
to easily invoke his advice into the subject’s mind.
Milton Erickson’s modern ideas of hypnosis have proved the myth behind this concept wrong. His
method of conversational hypnosis is being followed in order to help people in need of changing certain
crucial habit or attitude in them. The main concept on which Milton Erickson’s conversational hypnosis
was based on was building rapport with subject. Rapport is a natural way of building connections with a
stranger and letting them feel at home. This works a long way in conveying your ideas to them once you
have heard their problems out completely.
There are a few basic principles to conversational hypnosis and those are:
1st principle: Choose your words carefully and align them in the order of importance in conveying the
right message to the listener. Your flow of ideas should not be interrupted or paused, as this would
result in the subject losing focus in the session. You must make the conversation pleasant and enjoyable
and build rapport with the person you are hypnotizing.
2nd principle: Remember the signs of trance and as soon as the person goes in to a trance state you
should know how to develop a pattern in your conversation by making it plausible or implausible
depending on the situation.
3rd principle: Use of piggyback suggestions. This involves the use of truisms where the subject agrees to
whatever the hypnotist says and gets into the agreement habit to finally agree on the thing that is the
aim of this session.
4th principle: Use linguistic bridges that connect two sets of information together. With the use of
linguistic bridges the thoughts and ideas you are trying to convey runs through the listener smoothly.