Triggering Emotions During Hypnosis: Anchor Collapsing
Today’s topic is using emotions to make our work more powerful. Now, whether we’re working with ourselves or with clients, we know that emotion helps us be more programmable. It helps the work that we do get in there much more effectively and more powerfully. In earlier videos we’ve talked about how to amplify the emotion, now we’re going to talk about how to use it, and I’ll use hypnosis as an example.
NLP has a very simple process called collapsing anchors. I have a video on that, below. In hypnotic suggestion, the way to do it is very similar. What we want to do is we want to find out the trigger that somebody has that causes the problem.
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Anchor Collapsing for Fear of Public Speaking
Let’s talk about fear of public speaking as an example. Let’s suppose that during the intake we discover that the client, whenever they walk out on stage, as soon as they look up at the people’s faces, then that feeling of fear washes over them. We can use either that trigger, looking up at people’s faces, or a moment right before as the trigger for a new, powerful positive emotion.
So, let’s suppose we’ve stepped them into a feeling of confidence, we’ve gotten it up and running in their bodies, we’ve amplified it and we’ve anchored it by touching their shoulder. Here’s what we might do.
Now, imagine that you’re walking out on stage, and right as you look up at the audience (you fire that anchor). That new feeling of wonderful, powerful confidence flows into every cell, every fiber of your being as you look at those members of the audience. OK? Or we can take a step back and say, “OK, whenever you walk out on stage,” and fire that anchor.
What we want to do is get the emotion up and running, get it pumped up, get it super powerful, and then attach it either to the old trigger, for the old negative emotion, or to a time right before that old trigger. And that’s it. It makes our hypnotic work very, very effective.