In this chapter we will overview the major principles and guidelines involved in formulating effective hypnotic suggestions. Afterwards, we will discuss different types of suggestions that may be constructed and how to phrase suggestions. Finally we will examine the process of how you may present a series of suggestions in order to production different hypnotic phenomena. Keep in mind that hypnotic suggestions may be directed toward behaviors, emotions, sensations and physiologic processes, cognition, imagery, and relationships (Hammond & Miller, in press; Hammond & Stanfield, 1977). Suggestions may also focus on producing immediate responses within the hypnotic session or posthypnotic effects.
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HYPNOTISM is by no means a new art. True, it has been developed into a science in comparatively recent years. But the principles of thought control have been used for thousands of years in India, ancient Egypt, among the Persians, Chinese and in many other ancient lands. Miracles of healing by the spoken word and laying on of hands are recorded in many early writings.