Many of the types of suggestions we will discuss were conceptualized by Erickson and Rossi (1979). Some types were original with Erickson and some have been used for centuries. As I have indicated, there is no outcome research to suggest the superiority of any of these styles of suggestions. It is recommended, however, that you familiarize yourself with all of these types of suggestions to broaden your available repertoire for intervention.
In general, almost every one of the 14 types of suggestion may be used to facilitate any of the hypnotic phenomena (catalepsy, levitation, amnesia, dissociation, anesthesia, hyperesthesia, ideosensory activities, positive or negative hallucinations, hypermnesia, age regression, age progression, time distortion, depersonalization, induced dreams). One way to refine your skills in using the various suggestion types is to practice writing out several suggestions of each type for facilitating each one of the different hypnotic phenomena.
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Hypnosis has been defined as a state of heightened suggestibility in which the subject is able to uncritically accept ideas for self-improvement and act on them appropriately. When a hypnotist hypnotizes his subject, it is known as hetero-hypnosis. When an individual puts himself into a state of hypnosis, it is known as self-hypnosis.