E: But that really isn't important because it is a new kind of learning going into a trance. And you don't have to know any of the learnings that you need. You can get knowledge without depending on a conscious understanding of what it is. * * * A child's body tells him how many swallows for a good drink before he has a chance to absorb much of that water. Do you understand? So you don't need to be any more aware of your learning than a child is of the number of swallows of water. * * *
R: It's the hyperawareness and extra training in body movements that make hand levitation a rather inappropriate technique to use with blind subjects. This throws an added light on the development of new induction techniques. Induction techniques usually center around the operator making contact with a response system within the subject that usually takes place in a more or less involuntary or spontaneous manner. The subject does not have too many associative connections between his conscious mind and the unconscious that usually controls the more or less involuntary system. Yet there are some connections that the operator can pick up and utilize much to the subject's surprise.
E: Yes, I think that's right. The blind person is oriented to movement and touch and no visual cues. The sighted person relies on visual cues and disregards movement and touch.
R: So movement and touch are more autonomous in the sighted, and the hypnotherapist can gain control over them more easily. That's why you find that hand levitation and the approaches to catalepsy are so effective in inducing trance in normally sighted individuals.
E: You search out for those things that are peculiar to the person. For example, with a stutterer who is not interested in speech therapy (he has accepted his stutter), you will have a much more difficult time using free speech to put him in a trance than if you stutter yourself.
R: If the therapist stutters, he gains better entry into the stutterer's own associative patterns.
E: That's right! Though you have to be sure you make the stutter not too apparent. You make it look as if you are not quite sure of what you are going to say or how to say it. But you are not trying to stutter.
R: Likewise with the obsessive-compulsive person?
E: You phrase things obsessively and compulsively, and that will facilitate induction. In other words, you adopt the individual style and culture that you recognize in the patient. For a farmer you throw in a few country words; for a lawyer a few legal terms. But never obtrusively.
R: You adapt yourself to the patient's mental milieu.
E: Hypnosis is a technique of communication whereby you make available the vast store of learnings that have been acquired, the usefulness of which lies primarily in the way of automatic responses. In hypnosis we make a direct call on these learnings that have been dropped into the area of automatically available learnings.
R: Therefore you could develop any number of new techniques of hypnotic induction by learning how to recognize and utilize in a subject past learnings that now function in an automatic or semiautonomous manner.
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