Basic Anchor Collapse

Several years ago, or once upon a time, I was asked to give a lecture and demonstration to a psychology class at California State University at Northridge. The professor, who was a very nice man, had told me beforehand that he did not believe in hypnosis, that it did not work anyway, but he felt his class should have the opportunity of hearing about it. I guess he wanted me to be the token hypnotist. To make matters even more interesting, he did not just introduce me and my subject, rather he...

Example

B, a 38-year-old doctor, was referred to me with a list of presenting problems. He had made out the list very carefully. He informed me that his list was in the order of the problems' importance. B told me that he had taken several courses in professional hypnosis (I assume that other courses were to him unprofessional courses), and that he attended many hypnosis workshops. He also stated that he often used self-hypnosis, but had been unable to solve his problems with that approach....

Forget It

Before it's forgotten completely, I would like to bring up the subject of amnesia and its relationship to the subject of this book. Freud defined amnesia as the repression of traumatic material that the ego (I might call it the conscious mind) is not capable of handling. If we accept that definition as accurate, it would be safe to assume that the traumatic information is still there, but the individual has no conscious awareness of the trauma. If that trauma is still there, then in all...

Case

A 25-year-old, newly-married woman was referred by her physician for what he termed frigidity. Her history indicated, however, that she was touch phobic. She told me that if she got stoned enough she could have sex and respond, but, when sober, she became almost physically sick from being touched in any sexual way. She also stated that she did not like to be touched in any way by anyone. I positioned myself in such a way that my right foot was close to her left foot, while being careful to...

Example 4 Discussion

I can only make some educated guesses as to why so many fine, well-known hypnotists had failed with Joe. In the first place, I don't think that they did fail. Joe was a natural hypnotic subject. However, he was also the type of individual who has set ideas as to how everything should be done. (This was later proved to be the case when we met at my office.) Therefore, it was a good bet that Joe would enter into hypnosis in his own unique way, and that he would resent direct orders or...

The Next Step

Once you have ascertained the individual's conscious output system in both the problem area and in a more pleasant area, you are ready for the next major step. It is now time to learn what the unconscious system is. Again, you will want to find out if there is a shift in the unconscious system where the individual switches from the problem to a more pleasant experience. When you have spotted the unconscious system, you are ready for some powerful work. You have what you need to begin...

Out Of Conscious System

Most system experts contend that the way an individual speaks (conscious output), eye movements (unconscious input), and so-called body language add up to all of the individual's communication systems. I believe that there exists one more system the Out of Conscious Unconscious System (out of conscious system). This system, at first, sounds complicated. As you become comfortable with it, you will discover that not only is it easy to understand, it may also be the key to a successful therapeutic...

Craziness And Creativity

To me, the unconscious mind and its inner reality is a fascinating creative, dynamic and exciting place. It has been said that the unconscious process is similar to that of the schizophrenic process. I believe, however, that the so-called schizophrenic process, directed toward the solving of problems and the discovery of that which is new, is the creative process. This same process, turned toward building limitations and fears, can be called craziness. To paraphrase George Santayana Creativity...

Case 7 Pattern Interruption

A woman entered my office, sat down, tightly crossed her legs, then . crossed her arms over her chest, let out a deep sigh and began spewing i out words. The words were about her hopeless situation, her stupidity her inability to do anything right, and that she probably couldn't even1 learn this hypnotic stuff. At that point, my phone rang, Since was expect in an important call, I had not turned it off. The woman looked upset, so I apologized and had her wait in the reception room while I...

Anchors In Posthypnotic Response

If we were to get a little metaphysical, we might say that anchors are a form of post-hypnotic suggestion. That is, that circumstances, situations, people, schools, smells, traumas, etc., have suggested certain responses to all the anchors in our world. (Remember, if you've now forgotten, there's no such thing as hypnosis.) Within the framework of traditional hypnosis, the hypnotist might suggest that at a snap of the fingers, the subject will remember his her 5th birthday. If this suggestion...

Consensual Realm

Scientists who study human behavior have argued, and continue to argue, as to what constitutes reality if there is a reality, why a reality, and ad nauseam. In spite of this debate, one general consensus has come into being There exists a consensual reality. As the name implies, it refers to a consensus, or general agreement, as to what to call certain things and how generally we should respond to those things. We, at least in our society, generally agree that a chair is a chair, and what we...

Instant Pattern

Patterns, whether graceful and efficacious or painful and destructive, can be established rather rapidly. In his work on split brain, Gazzaneza (1967) discussed what he termed conditional reflex, or bad habit and the rapidity with which an individual can learn such patterns of behavior when he said We must remember that we are examining a half of the human brain, a system easily capable of learning from a single trial in a test. The Split Brain in Man by Michael S. Gazzanega, August 1967, p....

Lie

What you are now about to read is a lie I believe that it will be a useful lie. If you will recall the material from Chapter X, Left Meets Right Meets Left, it was pointed out that the two hemispheres of the brain specialize. To recap briefly, the left, or so-called dominant, hemisphere deals with linear, digital, analytical and logical processes. The right hemisphere's domain is spatiality, imagery, color perception, kinesthetic recall, and creativity it may be called the metaphoric mind. I...

Anchor Collapse Basic Procedure

If possible, you first want to establish a pleasant (+) anchor. While anchors can be set with visual, auditory and or kinesthetic cues, I am going to recommend you begin with kinesthetic cues (physical touches) as they are the easiest to learn and use, even though beginning with kinesthetics might cause you to miss with a few individuals. However, if your client patient is already in a bad place e.g., depressed don't work like mad to get them in a better place in order to set a + anchor and...

Anchors A Simplistic Definition

Anchors can be most easily understood if we reduce them to a simple stimulus-response construct. But no one promised you that this book was to be easy. Accepting the easy definition will help you to not learn the subtleties of anchors. For those of you who want it easy, here goes Anchors (triggers) any stimulus that triggers a set of internal responses and or actions. However, you might want to consider everything within human experience is, in effect, an anchor, or, if you will, a red light...

Bibliography

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Blocked Systems Examples

If you or I were to visually recall an unpleasant experience from our past, we would probably begin to experience some unpleasant feelings. You might pause now., .and remember some past trauma see it as clearly as possible and now become aware of feelings that match what you are seeing. Since you are aware of the connection between what you are seeing and what you are feeling, you have several choices that will change your feelings. You could stop the pictures, or change them to something that...

Building A New Response

Where the individual's problem is continually being triggered by a real world condition, you must help them to have a new resource for that situation. This will help prevent the re-triggering of the old - anchor. There are several ways to accomplish this, but I am going to give you one general way and trust you to develop some others. In our example of the depressed patient, I would ask him to remember some accomplishment or experience in his life that he was pleased with, or even better, proud...

Calm Conditioning

My first effort, or experiments, with what would later be termed anchors, and the methods that would become part of what I call Unconscious Restructuring , were very primitive. I called it Calm Conditioning. Simply put, I would ask an individual to remember the last time they were, for example, afraid. As they remembered, I would observe them for signs of discomfort such as tightness in the body or in the face or rapid breathing or When it looked to me that they were remembering it by feeling...

Case 5 R

I would now like to tell you about R and how the use of systems made the difference between success and a great big zero. R was brought to my office by his wife, and as I soon learned, he had not really agreed to see me. He refused to fill out my intake form, and when he came into my office he would not talk. He sat with his arms tightly crossed and gave every evidence of being very hostile. His wife informed me that R had not been his usual self for nearly a year that she had taken him to a...

Case 8 Introduction

To underscore the efficacy of hypnotic utilization, I will present a case that required just two sessions to achieve the patient's therapeutic goal. While several factors were involved in the successful outcome, the use of hypnotic fantasy and right-hemisphere memories of competency were the key elements. The patient was a recently divorced man, 30 years of age. His complaint was of being afraid to approach women he believed he lacked the confidence to learn how. Early in the first session, he...

Case 8 Tennis

The following is an edited transcript of the important elements of his two sessions DR So you have confidence in your ability to play tennis PT Yes I'm really very good at it. That's great, What do you see as the best aspects of your game My serve, my backhand and the way I move up to play the net. I have trouble moving close to the net, but you seem to be CONFIDENT about MOVING IN CLOSE. Emphasis and caps indicate shrer speech and lower tonality In effect marking out confidence, and moving in...

Case 9 Headache

A man was referred to me who had a long history of so-called tension headaches. He averaged three to four severe headaches a day. He tended to be a compulsive individual in all of his activities, but more so when it came to keeping on top of my work. I asked him to imagine the following that he had a very urgent message for a friend, and that he went to his friend's house to deliver it. He knew his friend was home, so he rang the doorbell but no one answered. I asked him what he would do,...

Case Explanation

You might be wondering about the crazy behavior just described. Good question I'm glad you asked. Since the man's present problem was intractable pain, I could assume that, at least in his present situation, he was in his kinesthetic system. As stated earlier, you must go where your patient is that is, meet them in their world. Therefore, I knew I would not only need to begin in some kinesthetic way, but in a manner that would supersede his kinesthetic reality. I also knew that his belief...

Collapsing Anchors Rationale

Now, the above case may appear to be magic, and in a way it is. However, it is magic based on experimental research. In one classic experiment, experimental animals were conditioned to go to one side of a cage at the sound of a bell, and the other side at the sound of a buzzer. Almost like squeezing the left shoulder for one feeling and the right shoulder for another. When both stimuli were set off at the same time, the animals would appear to be confused and disoriented, and would then not...

Collapsing Completed

At this point you have completed the major work for basic anchoring. You have polarized, (that is, separated) and established two distinct states in the individual a + anchor and a - anchor. Next is Anchors Away, which enables the individual to substantially reduce his painful response in our example, the feelings of depression when alone. Anchors Away is accomplished by simply pressing on the + (left knee) anchor and - (right knee) anchor simultaneously, and holding both until the individual...

Comment

Over the years I have evolved a theory about so-called touch phobia, and find the condition simple to ameliorate. First, I believe that this condition arises because a person's history is one of almost never being touched as a child except when they were hurt or were being punished. In short, they have been anchored into associating pain with touch. Secondly, based on this belief, the procedure as outlined in this case collapses the old anchor and installs a new association or anchor...

Confessions Of A Hypnotist

Now that I have your attention (I hope), I have a confession to make. At times throughout this book, I have referred to the section on Therapeutic Applications, but there will be no such section. Before you hang me in effigy, read on. Throughout this work, my co-author, Ms. Steele, continued to push, shove and cajole me into clarifying techniques, various approaches, and to give examples which would make sense to you, the reader. In order to do so, actual cases and therapeutic examples have...

Erickson And Anchors

Milton Erickson discovered some very powerful uses for anchors which have influenced several individuals, including myself, in our interest, understanding and uses of anchors. Erickson observed that if he asked a patient to sit just as he had the last time he experienced trance, and Erickson began talking in the same manner and or about the same subject as the last trance experience, the patient would re-enter the trance state without any so-called induction. Erickson named this technique...

Example 2 Discussion

While there was no way I could know what the woman's (subject's) general favored system was, I could see that she was staring without blinking. That indicated that, at that moment, she was into her visual system. Since they (subject and hypnotist) were matching each other, I could also assume that the man had done an excellent job of leading her to an altered state of some kind, but that he was now in her way. He was in her way by giving her verbal instructions to do one thing (close her eyes)...

Example 3 Discussion

By his initial comments, the subject had indicated that not only was control a major issue for him, but that he was proud of his control. Utilization simply required giving him something to control the towel and then helping him to worry about his control (my threat to take the towel away). As has already been stated, people often enter their own hypnotic state to avoid someone else's. Based on that, I could be sure he would enter into hypnosis to avoid my control. It was also a good bet that,...

Example 6 Comments And Followup

Asking a subject or patient to pretend is, in itself, a powerful utilization technique. Pretending elicits memories of those aspects necessary to pretend. I have asked individuals to pretend that they know what it would take to solve some specific problem, or to overcome a fear, etc. In the vast majority of cases, their pretended answers are important keys that unlock the right doors. In addition, the pretend approach is a powerful induction technique. When a subject tells you what he would...

Example 6 Discussion

S had signed up for the program, he was, in all probability, there to learn. On the other hand, he believed that being hypnotized was impossible for him. The task, therefore, was to find a way to utilize those two factors in some manner that was acceptable to him. Accepting that his being hypnotized was impossible, by stating that to the group, utilized that aspect. Emphasizing the learning aspects of the meeting, and then asking him to pretend for the purpose of learning, utilized...

Example 7 Discussion

The above example is filled with utilization. Often the induction processes and therapeutic goal processes were completely intertwined. That makes it somewhat difficult to make a clear delineation between the two. Certain factors, however, can be separated and spotlighted. B had been trained in traditional hypnotic techniques, and had been practicing them on himself. However, it wasn't working. Therefore, any use of so-called traditional approaches would no doubt meet the same fate. In other...

Example 7 Session

Our second meeting was basically a repetition of our first session. The metaphors were now more directed toward his list. Whenever I finished a metaphor, I would stare at him without blinking for several seconds. I would then blink several times, switch to my left and give him some logical information. As we neared the end of the session, he again said, Aren't you going to try and hypnotize me I again laughed, leaned to my right, and just stared at him. B immediately froze and stared back. I...

Example I Discussion

This woman presented one very well-developed skill that of being tense. There are those who might argue that tension is not a skill. On reflection, I know that they will recognize that tension, under the appropriate circumstances, would be an appropriate response. This individual, however, had lost her ability to have choice as to when to use this skill. Rather than attempt to make her conform to my blueprint, I decided to use hers. When I made the statement, Hey, if you knew how to relax that...

Gi Monsters And Magical Sticks

When my son was about three or four, he decided that his baseball and football became monsters at night when the lights were turned off. He saw them coming to life they looked evil and they were trying to get him. Now, rationally, that makes no sense at all. Our consensual f- reality knows that it's not real. My wife and I attempted to explain to him what was real and what was not. He listened very intently and when we finished, he said, But they're coming to get me. For whatever the reasons,...

Gigo

Processing information or experiences at an unconscious level. You will see just what their program is. With this information, you will be able to communicate in a very powerful way. You can begin to communicate to that person at both the conscious and unconscious level. Imagine that you are having a conversation with an individual. If that person's conscious output system is visual, and s he is referencing to her visual unconscious (input) system, then you need to talk visually, both with your...

Goal Hemispheric Balance

If, from the preceding, you have jumped to the conclusion that helping individuals to become more hemispherically balanced is your goal you've made a good jump Review your own history as to those areas you handle well. You will no doubt discover as to those areas a balance between spontaneous creativity and disciplined goal direction. Or, turning right and left at the same time. Now, review some of your therapeutic successes in which your client patient got it together. It may become clear...

Hemispheric Amnesia

As stated elsewhere, chronic pain patients claim they always have pain. Since their left-hemisphere reality is one of remembering pain, where there is no pain there is nothing for them to remember. They have amnesia for no-pain (Erickson and Rossi, 1979). In the same vein, most of us have little or no left-hemisphere memory for all the ways we utilize hemispheric balance gracefully and efficaciously. Even so-called dysfunctioning people have such a balance in the trouble-free areas of their...

Hemispheric Belief Systems

Another major consideration as to a dichotomy between right hemisphere and left hemisphere concerns belief systems. The individual locked into left hemisphere will tend to take the same facts and apply the same logical sequences to arrive at the same painful solution and, from that, logically conclude their belief is accurate. After all, if a computer is misprogrammed, it will rapidly and perfectly arrive at the wrong answer. A mythical example might make the point more clear. Quite often,...

Hemispheric Cycles

Psychologists at Dalhousie University have been investigating what is termed the 90-minute cycle of the brain. During their research, they have been able to verify a specific hemispheric pattern When left-hemi-sphere activities are at their peak, right-hemisphere activities are at their lowest ebb. Conversely, when right-hemispheric activities are at their peak, left-hemisphere activity is at its lowest ebb. Since different tasks require different hemispheric activity, we might wonder what...

Hypnotic Monster

A woman who suffered from severe anxiety whenever she was in a relationship with a man, sought my help. She described her reaction as a feeling of drowning, or suffocating, and claimed she actually experienced those sensations physically. She had been working on her problem for just over two years, and had, in her opinion, made good progress. She understood the dynamics, had insight, and felt stronger in handling the bad feelings. She believed that she was now ready to get rid of the problem...

Images Of Reality

As we stated earlier, when a patient enters the therapist's office, he brings with him his inner belief systems a process of his past learnings, experiences, and individual realities. This individual lives in basically the fsame outer reality as the therapists and has many of the same opportunities. However, that person's inner reality may be such that he is blocked from seeing the opportunities and options that are available. In effect, s he has been hypnotized, or has hypnotized him herself,...

Left Right Left

Now, we can consider all of those people who are not right-handed, left-hemisphere dominant. Where the individual is left-handed, it is an easy transition. Just reverse the meaning of eye movements. If a lefthander looks up to his right, he is generating past visual. If he looks up to his left, he is constructing new pictures. Eyes down right equals auditory, while eyes down left indicates kinesthetic memories. The variations mentioned above have the same general meaning regardless of left...

Pain As A Pattern

Physiological pain is more than pain. It, too, is a pattern. The individual suffering pain from illness or injury responds to that pain in a patterned way. The pattern is based on their past experience with pain, their belief system as to their ability to deal with pain, as well as their future expectations. The individual whose past experience and belief system lead them to expect that they can handle it that they've always done OK, and they know that they will recover quickly becomes what is...

Patterns An Experiment

We humans not only rely on patterns, but, as I will point out shortly, we are capable of adopting patterns in a very rapid fashion. In addition, we are uncomfortable sometimes even miserable when our patterns are interfered with or changed. Think back now to a time when you moved, changed jobs or even rearranged your furniture. You may be able to remember those vague uneasy feelings. You may even experience some of that now or in a short while. Try the following experiment Pay attention to your...

Patterns Belief Systems Case Study

I was asked to see a man who was suffering with intractable pain resulting from cancer that had metastasized throughout his skeletal system. Other than his name, age and diagnosis, the only other information I had was the pain had become so severe that he was talking about suicide medication was becoming less and less effective he was willing to see a hypnotist, but he doubted that hypnosis or anything would help. Based on this information, I reasoned that asking him to relax in order to become...

Patterns Practice

Now, I am going to ask those of you who are people-helpers to interrupt your patterns, as well as the patterns of your clients patients. These exercises should help you expand your belief systems or merely change them. Pay attention to the body positions your clients patients assume when they are discussing problems, and compare that with their positions when they are discussing something pleasant. Next, when they get into problem areas, politely interrupt them, and help them to assume the...

Pavlov And Anchors

The above incident made several things clear to me. The chair had become a conditioned stimulus like Pavlov's bell in one trial and a person could spend years in therapy trying to find out why they had a phobia about a chair. If a chair could become such a powerful anchor, so too could a word, a tone, a touch or whatever. The anchor need not have any logical relationship to the response the anchor produces. (Just recently, I helped an individual to develop a mini-phobic response to a telephone,...

Preferred Unconscious System

In our discussion of conscious output systems, I attempted to point out that, while we use all systems, we also tend to have one system that is preferred. This is also the general rule for our unconscious input system. (As you read on, you will find that the exceptions are as frequent as the rule.) As you begin to observe the people around you, I am confident that you will see that each individual tends to utilize one unconscious system far more than the others. Some individuals will, in the...

Protocol Procedure

In spite of the primitiveness of this first approach, and my lack of understanding of anchoring and systems (Visual Kinesthetic Auditory), it produced excellent results for the majority of people. Typically, they would report that when they used it, they would calm down and many people reported that, within a few days, they were getting calm without thinking about it at all. We might conclude that they were using a new anchor automatically which was generalizing to their real world. I would...

Restructuring

I then explained to her how she was able to respond to her pictures, and I was going to help her have a chance to separate her feelings from her pictures (This is one example of the importance of getting people to float out the picture as referred to in Chapter XVI, Anchors Away.) I asked her to see herself on a roller coaster, and to feel what happened. She responded with observable body sensations. I then asked her to see herself in the roller coaster as if it were someone else, while she...

Results

When I returned to see him two days later, he had been transferred from intensive care to the observation unit as a result of the changes he had evidenced. He had begun sleeping through the night he was eating and his attitude had undergone a remarkable change for the better. In addition, he had had only one shot each of the two days, and had substantially reduced his intake of other drugs. In this second session, I taught him how to see and or hear his pain so that he could begin to take more...

Review Belief Systems

Now that I have that out of the way, I would like to ramble about the subject of the book itself. When an individual presents him herself at your office, I believe that they are saying in effect My belief system is preventing me from exercising new choices. If their belief system was effective in the problem area, they would have solved the problem and would not need you. If you accept their belief system as being true in reality, then you not only have been hypnotized by them, you also run the...

Sperry Split Brain Research

In one of the now classical experiments by the Sperry group, split brain patients were given the task of assembling a jigsaw puzzle while they were in a situation that allowed only left-hemisphere function. Films of these experiments show the patient struggling with the pieces and then failing to put the pieces where they belong. One film shows an even more provocative phenomenon One subject was busy trying to find where the pieces went using his right hand (left hemisphere) and suddenly,...

Sub Vs Unconscious

Some individuals prefer the concept of a subconscious mind. I prefer the concept of the unconscious. According to the American Heritage Dictionary (Dell Publishing Inc., 1975), the prefix sub implies lesser than, beneath or below instead of parallel or equal. I like to believe that the two minds are equal, but different. In the most basic terms, I believe that unconscious mind means that of which we are not (at least for the moment) conscious. There are a multitude of processes that we become...

Symptom Tension Headache

For a possible answer to the above questions, we need only examine the symptom known as tension headache. Most medical experts would agree that, in the absence of physical pathology, such headaches occur from impaired circulation and building pressure when increasing muscle tension is ignored. I would like you to consider this causative chain of events from the metaphoric concept of Right Hemisphere Left Hemisphere Conscious Unconscious processes. You have been hard at work at some task, and...

System Myths

I hope that you will refrain from sawing it off while I am perched upon it. If you do saw it off, make sure there is a nice soft pillow for me to land on. There are some facts that most experts on systems agree upon. I find myself in total disagreement with a few of these facts. The first fact is where the individual's unconscious (input) system is different from their conscious (output) system, that individual is incongruent. I believe that an individual can...

Systems Getting Started

The first step for you is to listen and pay attention to the way the individual is expressing himself, and less to what he is saying. By paying attention to his choice of words, you will discover what his conscious output system is at that moment in time. The next step is for you to talk in his language. It is at this stage that many therapists (and people in general) lose their audience. Here is an example of what NOT to do. PT Things just look hopeless. I just cannot see a way out of my...

Testing The Work

At this juncture, we have accomplished the following Discovered the internal source of her problem her - anchor her system for pleasant memories installed the - anchor and two + anchors. All of this was accomplished within 15 minutes from the time she first sat down. Next came testing the work. I reached over, squeezed her left wrist and said, Your fear of flying really concerns you, doesn't it Immediately her eyes went up right, body tight, etc. Before she could say anything, I let go of her...

The Eyes Have It

For you to understand another's unconscious (input) system, you must first learn what different eye movements and positions mean. I would like you to imagine a face looking at you, or if it will help, draw a face on a piece of paper. Next, I want you to pretend that the whole world is right-handed left-hemispheric dominant. Now, of course, that is not even close to true we will explore the variations as we continue. Now, go back to the imagined face or the one you have drawn. I would like you...

The Psychological Unconscious

A few years ago, a research paper was published regarding the subject of unconscious processes. The gist of this paper was, that by flashing words on a screen at a high rate of speed euphemistically called subliminally the subjects would evidence physiological responses without conscious awareness of the words. One experiment included the flashing of sexually stimulating material in the midst of a very dry intellectual movie, again at a speed that prevented the subjects from being aware of the...

The Shock Method

There is one more approach to the out of conscious system I would like to give you The shock method. With this approach, you simply ignore the conscious and unconscious system, and go straight to the out of conscious system. Example Conscious output system equals kinesthetic unconscious input system equals auditory out of conscious system equals visual. The patient is talking kinesthetically about how bad s he feels. You respond, When you see what those feelings look like, I know you will be...

Unblocking Via Common Experience

Another approach to the unblocking of an out of conscious system is to begin simply talking about common, pleasant experiences in that system e.g., out of conscious kinesthetic talk about what it feels like to take a warm shower after a hard day's work the feelings of a freshly laundered sheet when you get into bed the warm afterglow of making love. Use your imagination, almost anything will do it. If, as you are describing common feelings, you begin to more and more describe pleasant feelings...

Unconsciousconsciousmetaphor

While a separate left hemisphere conscious mind and a right hemisphere unconscious mind may or may not exist, I find it a useful metaphor for my work with hypnosis. When engaged in so-called conscious work, I use facts, logic, and reason. When I move to doing hypnosis, I use stories, imaginistic recall, nonsense suggestions and fantasy in short, the language of the unconscious. I also accept that the two minds work in concert when not working in opposition. For example, you consciously see an...

Utilizing Out Of Conscious Systhvi

If you make the choice of leaving the out of conscious system just that out of conscious your approach would be very different from what you have read thus far. You could use that system to mind read and provoke internal searches. Let us assume that the individual has an out of conscious auditory system. You could say something like And soon you will remember just who that person was that said those things that are still causing you to feel that way, or And I know that as you become aware of...

Utilizing Systems

After introducing myself and gathering some information about his hobbies (he loved listening to music), as well as some areas he felt competent in (one of which was working with wood), I was ready to proceed. I asked him if he would mind doing me a favor. (This is a ploy designed to elicit a desire to help me and thereby begin taking an individual's mind off their problem.) I then asked him to close his eyes and listen to what his pain sounded like. He stared at me in disbelief, and I acknowl...

Visual Induction

During one training seminar, the hypnotist was telling the subject to feel the weight of your body, and your legs, as everything gets heavier and heavier, and you are getting more and more deeply relaxed. It sounded great only the subject was not responding. The hypnotist said to me, She is fighting me. Would you tell her to cooperate I asked her (the subject) what she thought was wrong. She replied, I can't seem to get it. If he would show me what he means, I'll cooperate I asked her if she...

Hypnosis As Communication

Included in our definition of hypnosis is any form of communication in which a person or persons, whether a hypnotist, wife, husband, teacher, or uses words, tonality, expressions or movement that elicit and or evoke within another person an internal experience, and that experience becomes a reality of its own. For example, if I write or speak the word rose, you might think of a particular flower, perhaps red in color. I could mean a person named Rose, and someone else might remember someone...

Hypnosis And Patterns

Picture, if you will, an old time hypnotist putting a subject into a hypnotic state and then giving a powerful suggestion. (For those of you who are wondering just what a powerful suggestion is Those that work are powerful the rest are weak.) The hypnotist suggests that at 4 00 in the afternoon, the subject's nose will itch and the subject will have to scratch it. If this suggestion were effective, the subject would respond as expected. If he were to repeat this response three or four days in a...

Theres No Such Thing As Hypnosis

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One evening, a group of friends and I were having dinner at a local restaurant. Our waiter was very distracted and he appeared to be agitated and depressed. He was abrupt, slow and unfriendly. As a result, our service left a great deal to be desired. Since I wanted to have an enjoyable evening, I decided to talk funny to him in order to help him feel better. As he walked by our table holding a coffee pot, I touched his arm and said, I'm sorry that you forgot that special night with that special...

Review Anchoring

In this work, two chapters were devoted to the subject of anchoring. I would like you to consider anchoring as a different way of producing post-hypnotic suggestion. Or, you may want to consider post-hypnotic suggestion as a different way of producing anchors. I will leave that up to you. Either way, you can have a powerful understanding of what produces and continues limitations and problems. In my office, I have imitated a tone of voice or a facial expression that a person says upsets them I...

Meta 4 Change Life

The lights are bright, a feeling of excitement hangs in the air. A young couple, on their first trip, looking forward to learning and playing blackjack, walk into a beautiful casino. They see a player sitting at a blackjack table with thousands of dollars in one hundred dollar chips. They watch and listen with fascination. The player is betting three or four hundred dollars a hand, winning and losing. They study the player's method, see his playing style, until they grasp it...

Unconscious Restructuring Steven Heller

Steven Heller, Ph.D., founder and director of The Heller Institute, had a clinical hypnosis practice since 1969. He was widely in demand as a lecturer and trainer of the Ericksonian method, as well as his own method, Unconscious Restructuring . Through his seminar program, Clinical Hypnosis Innovative Techniques Dr. Heller was one of the first individuals to present what was to become known as Ericksonian hypnotherapy. This program was presented throughout the country for several years. As a...

Review Pattern Interruption

I would like you to consider that human beings are energy conserving some would say lazy . We build machines to do our work, and then machines to run our machines, and then use computers to supervise. This is said to point out that people naturally streamline their behavior into patterns patterns that are repetitive and energy conserving. Where these patterns are effective and lead to successful outcomes, we have a good system. However, where an individual continues to repeat painful patterns...