Over the years, hypnosis has developed from languishing in the classification of a pseudoscience, through to becoming an entertainment and now being totally accepted by the medical profession as a technique with a proper basis in science.
Hypnosis is no more than just a mental state which has been induced on a subject by a third party.
Through hypnosis the subject will subject becomes ‘suggestible’ and when in that state is likely to believe and feel what he or she is being told.
Although it is accepted that the phenomenon is real and does have a proper basis in science, there is still no detailed understanding of how it works.
Nevertheless, it has become a popular therapy with different techniques and different types, ranging from Ericksonian hypnosis, through NLP and even self hypnosis. Each of these requires a slightly different technique.
Hypnosis Through Direct Suggestion.
Traditional hypnosis suggests a relationship between a hypnotist and the subject who is then persuaded to enter a trance like state, and somehow ’obey’ the hypnotist. Nowadays this is referred to as Direct Suggestion, whereby there is some form of call to action to the subject by the hypnotist through the use of some form of imperative language.
Direct Suggestion vs Ericksonian Hypnotherapy.
Unfortunately, this technique does not work on everyone and a more accepted way of suggestion nowadays is of the indirect variety. The so-called Ericksonian hypnotherapy.
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy is also known as conversational hypnosis and relies on a subject being hypnotised during what appears to be a normal conversation, very often without realising that they are being hypnotised.
The technique relies greatly on tone of voice and language and is very useful in subjects who do not respond to direct suggestion.
Direct Suggestion vs NLP.
Apart from Ericksonian hypnosis, Neuro-linguistic programming is used to help with behavioural and psychological issues.
It is also an accepted method of helping to promote feelings of confidence, motivation and self worth.
Hypnosis Through Direct Suggestion Explained.
It is difficult to describe the state of mind achieved through hypnosis without having been hypnotised. If you have ever daydreamed during which you have briefly taken yourself away to another imaginary world, you may begin to understand the mindset that is achieved through every type of hypnosis.
Basically, it is you accessing your subconscious and this is exactly what hypnosis helps you achieve.
When a subject is hypnotised, it is the subconscious mind which has been accessed by direct suggestion and it is the subconscious which becomes dominant for the duration of the trance.
Emotion and imagination are both accessed by removing all the controls imposed by the conscious mind and through direct suggestion, the hypnotist or therapist communicates directly with the subconscious.
If it is a phobia or a bad habit, it is most likely that it is being driven by the subconscious. That is what makes direct suggestion such a powerful tool .
Direct Suggestion has been categorised into four separate types, each of which works with different types of subject.
Cognitive Direct Suggestion.
In Cognitive direct suggestion the hypnotist asks the subject to THINK about an action.
Example: the hypnotist may ask the subject to THINK about their leg feeling heavy.
Instructional Direct Suggestion.
Instructional direct suggestion is where the hypnotist simply makes a statement.
Example statement: “Your leg is heavy”.
Imaginative Direct Suggestion.
Imaginative direct suggestion is exactly what the name suggests, and the subject is asked to imagine something.
Example: "Imagine your leg is heavy”.
Sensory Based Direct Suggestion.
Finally, direct suggestion based on sensory principles is also very straightforward and may consist of a suggestion.
Example suggestion: "Feel your leg getting heavy”.
Although the differences in the four techniques above may appear very subtle – each of them works better on different types of people.
In fact each technique can even be used on a single person, depending on the level of suggestion and knowledge that each person is different and will therefore respond to different stimuli and phrases.