This type of suggestion seeks to utilize the patient's unconscious mind (or, depending upon one's theoretical frame of reference, uses the metaphor of the unconscious mind), bypassing conscious, learned limitations. Responses to this type of suggestion require patients to focus inwardly and initiate unconscious processes that are beyond their conscious control. In a double bind, behavioral possibilities outside the patient's usual range of conscious alternatives and voluntary responses are offered.
Here are several examples: "And if your unconscious mind is ready for you to enter trance, your right hand will begin to get light and float up. If your unconscious mind is reluctant for you to enter trance, your left hand will lift up." "And the unconscious mind can continue working on that problem and preparing you for our next session after you leave. And the really interesting, really curious thing, is that your conscious mind may or may not really be aware or even understand what's going on, depending on the preference of your unconscious mind. And as your unconscious mind is preparing you, and doing its work, your conscious will remain free to carry on all the many other things that you need to attend to each day."
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