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Super Nerdy Hypnotic Language (You’ve Been Warned)

Firstly, thank you to the Rogue Hypnotist for inspiration on this post – for more in-depth, check out his book series on Amazon.


The following is a list of words and language patterns that you can use during your hypnosis sessions. Likely these should have all be taught during highschool english class. Now maybe I just had better things to do, but I certainly don’t remember learning any of this in school. 


These are advance language patterns and ways of constructing words and sentences. Much of this will feel clunky and awkward at first. This is about practice and repetition, of understanding the theory, and slowly finding ways to implement into your vocabulary. 

‘Nominalizing’ Hypnotic Words


Nominalization is the process of turning a verb (action) into an abstract concept (noun), by adding ‘tion’ to the end:


Relax becomes relaxation. 


Fixate becomes fixation. 


Reflect becomes reflection. 


Inform becomes information.


But here’s the punchline: Nominalizations are in themselves hypnotic – the ideas are vague and open to interpretation, which allows the mind to wander and imagine. 


Similarly words like ‘knowing’, ‘learnings’, ‘believing’, ‘desiring’, ‘understandings’, ‘experiences’, ‘processes’, ‘integration’, ‘evolving’ and ‘relationships’ are all examples of highly hypnotic words. They sound good and reassuring, but are also vague and open to interpretation. 


The golden rule of understanding nominalizations: if it can’t be held, or placed on a shelf, it’s probably a nominalisation – there are no sensory reference points – they’re not tangible objects. 


Non-Specified Comparatives:


Words like: More, better, best, bigger, faster, sexier, worst, fewer, most, widest, wildest, longest, less, improved, excellent, newest, oldest, deepest, lightest, progress


Non-specified comparatives leave the understanding open to interpretation – it leaves it open in the participants mind to decide what it means. 


Bigger than what? Newer than what? Deeper than what? Dunno!


Non-Specified Verbs, People & Things:


It’s not you, or me, it’s just ‘people’: 


Certain people…certain feelings…certain places…


Some feelings… some times…


Subtle changes…dramatic changes…amazing changes….


Some places…


Certain situations…


Some feelings


Certain emotions or sensations


Healthier behaviours…




One can feel relaxed while…


Some people feel at ease when…


Appropriate…allowing for the appropriate changes to take place…


“Feel excellent sensations that are appropriate to your evolving experience”


Hyperbolic Words:


Hyperbolic words are suggestive of extreme generalization. 


“Real change occurs when it generalises throughout a system”


“All people feel good sometimes…”


“Most things in nature are beautiful”


“Everyone can feel confident sometimes”


Similar to truisms:


“All pain eventually passes”


More Languaging:


‘To The Point Where…’


‘What’s it like when…’




‘New’ (people love new)


‘Power’ (people love power)
















‘So and so said…’ – use this to attribute your commands to others


‘Tony Robbins said being in touch with your true calling will make you feel at ease and at peace’


The best hypnosis uses normal and everyday conversational patterns. 




Can be used for a double bind, or overloading consciousness by trying to focus on two things at once (trance is the only escape!)


“Is your left foot or right hand most relaxed now?”


Ambiguity and Confusion:


The english language is very confusing and ambiguous – it is really composed of 3 or 4 languages – old english, norman french, latin and norse. 


Example: “you can hear my voice, here and now” – double use of the word hear/here


Brain gets overloaded trying to understand the double meaning, and goes into a trance. 


If a person hears a generalised statement like “a person can relax” – they will naturally assume they are the person being referred to. This in fancy talk is known as a ‘lack of referential indices’


A devious example to induce hypnosis:


‘You can notice words, and you can notice noticing words, and as you notice noticing words you can relax…’ 


This is essentially saying ‘listen and relax’ – but it is the ambiguity that sends the mind into a tailspin and the only option is trance. 




‘You can forget to remember, what you can remember to forget!’


…yikes, my brain hurts.


‘Ly’ words:


Happily, passionately, theoretically, wonderfully, jokingly…deeply, 


Adverbs modify the verb – it tells you how to do the verb. Makes your language wonderfully more colourful. 

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