The induction or the drawing-out of a particular state is one of the most important skills of any hypnosis and NLP practitioner. It is not the induced state of hypnosis but is the ability to ‘persuade’ a subject to experience every possible state.
That is to say, feelings, both mental and physical, as well as thoughts, ranging from high anger and excitement to calm relaxation. From pain to pleasure and happiness to despair.
Neuro linguistic programming takes place when the subject has achieved the most receptive state. The NLP practitioner, the same as a hypnotist, only assists the subject to achieve the various states.
Example Induction Using NLP.
For instance, if a subject is experiencing negative feelings, think of a positive state that they would possibly like to experience.
- Ask the subject to imagine how he would know he was in a state of happiness and ask him to describe it in terms of the sense modes and then by delving deeper into the sub modes, so they have a picture which contains auditory, visual, kinaesthetic and all other components needed to visualize more vividly.
- Then ask them to recall times and situations during which they felt happiness and ask them to describe them in terms of the various modalities and encourage them to think laterally in the sense involving all modalities.
- Givie encouragement to the subject, by encouraging them to vocalise what they are beginning to feel. Give more encouragement through the medium of ‘noddies’ and short encouraging phrases.
- Remember that encouraging the subject to keep repeating their phrases will very much strengthen the state and help to induce it.
- Eventually, the subject will sense the state of happiness in all sub modalities and you continue to encourage all those feelings to spread throughout their psyche and body.
As you get to know your subject, you will be able to amplify and drive the state of induction through knowing which particular sub modality the subject is most responsive to.
Inducing States Withing the Subject by Using NLP.
Remember that as an NLP practitioner you are affecting which neurones fire within the subject’s brain.
You are creating a different neuro-chemical balance and inducing the one which works best for that particular subject. The changes which you are helping to induce are physical with psychological manifestations.
Each state has its own neurological pattern and chemistry. It is not an abstract, but a real physical change.
When helping to induce a particular state, it is important that the practitioner assists the subject to fire his imagination to the maximum.
For instance, in the case of the above example of ‘happiness’ to recall that particular state when they experience it most strongly in the past.
All States are Self Induced.
In real life, we all experience many states during the course of one day. On most occasions we self induce these states and there are times when we are experiencing several self-induced states simultaneously.
In NLP, we are helping the subject to induce the states and then anchor behaviour and feelings to that particular state.
Therefore, it is important to remember that because that is what we are attempting, we must be able to recognise when the desired state is at its peak.
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You may recall several years ago, President Obama at his inauguration, repeating a certain phrase which he was using in order to induce a state of positivity in thousands of people simultaneously.
There was little doubt in post-speech interviews that he had successfully programmed the crowd by inducing a feeling of motivation and happiness.
The phrase ‘yes we can’ has now passed into folklore, but coupled to extremely skilfully delivered words combined with just the right amount of voice modulation, we saw the power of induction... to the extent that by the time Obama was delivering that phrase for the third time, the subject (the crowd) was anticipating and delivering the line before he did.
- He added more and more colour to his vision, as well as more brightness and volume.
- He then did exactly the opposite by softening the vision and putting it into soft focus.
The physiological changes in all of people in the crowd were very profound. That was NLP induction at its best, and we were ALL subjects.