In order to understand the concepts of conversational hypnosis we must first understand the concepts of hypnosis. The word “hypnosis” or “hypnotism” are both derived from the term “neuro-hypnotism” which means nervous sleep coined by the Scottish physician and surgeon James Braid. Most people think that hypnosis is a state of unconsciousness but this according to modern day research is not true. It is in fact a wakeful state of focused attention, heightened suggestibility and diminished peripheral awareness. What this means is that in order to hypnotize somebody they must be able to interact with you. Of course interaction simply means that a person can respond to another persons actions or stimuli.
By understanding hypnosis in this way it is much easier to understand how “conversational hypnosis” came about. Igor Ledochowski’s methods and techniques are similar to any other hypnotist however he has the experience of hypnotherapy. Now a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist are not the same thing so this is the next layer of the onion that we must peel away in order to understand how “conversational hypnosis” came about.
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for therapeutic situations meaning that it is about influencing people over time to resolve personal issues like weight loss, treatment of skin disease, habit control, sport performance to name a few. It can be broken up into 3 subcategories which are regression hypnotherapy, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and cognitive-behavioral hypnotherapy. I will not go into regression and cognitive-behavioral hypnotherapy (for more information simply follow the links) because Igor studied Ericksonian hypnotherapy which I will explain now. Ericksonian hypnotherapy was named after Milton Erickson who’s techniques lacked hypnotic induction, he used indirect suggestion, analogies (rather than metaphors), confusion techniques and double binds. So you can see that this type of hypnotherapy is about direct persuasion with out the subject being in a “nervous sleep”.
As you are beginning to see it is starting to make sense now. The art of “conversational hypnosis” is about being able to persuade a person with whom you are interacting by taking control of the conversation and manipulating the other persons perspective. In this way you can control their thought patterns and reactions by using techniques that are very similar to the Ericksonian hypnotherapy principals.
The goal of this article was to make the concept of “conversational hypnosis” clearer to understand and in this way easier to learn. I hope that this goal was accomplished and that you now have a better understanding of what “conversational hypnosis” is about.
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