How to write hypnosis suggestions that work
Hypnotic Suggestions

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How to write Hypnotic Suggestions

WRITING HYPNOTIC SUGGESTIONS

Hypnosis Scripts are collections of suggestions intended to change behaviours. Every hypnotic suggestion needs to be aimed at a specific aspect of the client's inner beliefs about the world or at a specific aspect of unconscious behaviour. Everyone has beliefs about who they are, what they are and the world they live in. Everyone has stored behaviours that they automatically call up to use in specific situations. It is when these inner beliefs and automatic responses no longer fit the client's outer world that problems arise.

 

Effective Suggestions

Suggestions will work when they are
a) targeted precisely at one of those beliefs or behaviours, and
b) use a technique that matches how the mind functions.

Hynotic Suggestions that do not do both these things will be ignored or misunderstood.

Structure of a suggestion

To create an effective suggestion, the therapist needs to decide
a) what behaviour is causing the problem,
b) what belief is linked to the behaviour,
c) what hypnotic technique to use to cause the change, and
d) how to word the suggestion - Direct, Indirect, Metaphor.

 

The table below shows the two main target areas that a hypnotherapy script needs to address, and the two main hypnotic techniques for creating and wording the suggestions in the script. For a detailed explanation of each of these areas click on the links below.

 

Click on the words inside the cells of the table for a detailed explanation and examples of suggestions.

 

TARGETS

TECHNIQUES

Behaviours

Beliefs

Hypnotic
Methods

Hypnotic
Wording

Situation

Identity

Amnesia

Cause and Effect

Environment

Behaviour

Association

Complex Equivalence

Stimulus

Capability

Dissociation

Conversational Commands

Memory

Rules

Future Pacing

Embedded Commands

Reaction

Others

Post Hypnotic Suggestion

Extended Quotation

Actions

Worldview

Reframing

Lost Performative

Termination

 

Regression

Mind Reading

Evaluation

 

Sensory distortion

Modal Operator

Learning

 

Time distortion

Negative Suggestion

   

Visualisation

Nominalizations

   

Metaphor

Non Sequitur

   

Anchoring

Presupposition

   

Cognitive Filtering

Inanimations

   

Discrimination

Tag Question

   

Deletion

Truism sets

   

Distortion

Universal Quantifier

   

Generalization

Unspecific Comparison

     

Unspecific Object

     

Unspecific Verb

     

Binds

       
       

 

 

Codes indicating the Hypnotic Logic being used.

 

I  Indirect Suggestion    
D

Direct Suggestion

   
K

Kinesthetic reaction

aiming at a muscular memory reaction  
A

Auditory reaction

encouraging an auditory recall  
M

Metaphor reaction

using a metaphor  
V

Visualization reaction

encouraging a visualization  
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Equivalence

Doing one thing is the same as another thing  
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Opposite

The more of one thing the less of the other thing  
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Cause and Effect

Doing one thing causes the other thing