Ericksonian Inductions Part 2
In Ericksonian Inductions Part 1, we covered using permissive language, evoking trance rather than directly suggesting it, utilization and providing contextual cues help you in an Ericksonian approach to induction.
Here in part 2…
- The Art of Evoking Hypnotic Phenomena
- Conscious/Unconscious Dissociation
- Covering All the Bases
The Art of Evoking Hypnotic Phenomena
One of the easiest ways to evoke hypnosis is to remind a person of times when they were previously experiencing something that could be interpreted as hypnotic. You can use this technique in combination with using permissive words. “You might think of a time when your breathing slowed comfortably down, your eyes closed and you felt so relaxed. Perhaps now, feeling feelings of comfort and warmth in that memory…”
Here’s a list of hypnotic phenomena to get you started…
- General Relaxation
- Eyes Closing
- Changes in Breathing
- Feelings of Comfort and Warmth
- Dissociation from Part of the Body
- Carefree/Floating Feeling
- Hypnotic or Unconscious Movements
- Singular Focus on an Idea
- Mind Drifting
- Increased Visualization
Ericksonian induction approaches often make a distinction between the unconscious and conscious minds. One way to do this with language is to…well…just do it. This format works pretty well.
“The conscious mind _____________ while the unconscious mind _____________.”
“The conscious mind thinks while the unconscious mind understands.”
“The conscious mind wonders as the unconscious mind experiences.”
Covering All the Bases
With typical inductions, you directly suggest the “hypnotee” do something. Let’s suppose you want their arm to stick to the arm of their chair. If you suggest it and they don’t do it, it can easily be seen as a failure–by both parties. One Ericksonian approach is to “cover all the bases.” You lay out a range of responses–all that lead the direction you want (toward responsiveness and hypnosis) and give them the choice.
“And your right arm can get heavy, very heavy and stiff–as if it were made of granite. Or it can become so light, like a feather–it just wants to float up in the air. Or maybe your left arm gets heavy as your right arm floats up. Or there’s a numbness… or tingling.”
Whatever response you get you amplify. “That’s right,” or “good” will help the client know that however they’re responding, it’s just fine.
Until next time,