The 4 P’s of Hypnotherapy:
Many people believe that hypnotherapy is a form of mind control and that anyone can be controlled to do anything. But luckily for humanity, this is far from possible.
See, while the subconscious mind is suggestible, it is only suggestible to certain language that it already finds agreeable – for example if someone absolutely does not want to quit smoking, there is about a 0.0% chance you can hypnotize them to quit smoking.
The subconscious mind is however suggestible to language that it finds agreeable, and the structure follows the 4 P’s:
Personal, Positive, Progressive and Present.
It must be personal to the person receiving it. If I tell you to become a great bowler, but you hate bowling, you’re not going to listen to me, now are you?
It must be positive and must be progressive – it must help the person move forward in their desired direction.
And lastly it must use the present tense. Think of it like it’s already happened. Instead of setting a goal to say “I will do this”, set a goal to say “I have done this”.
Why is present tense language so important?
Because the subconscious mind lives according to what it believes to be true. And if it believes that you love waking up at 5am and hitting the gym hard, then you better believe it’s going to push you to wake up at 5am and smash it at the gym.
Another example for a golfer would be “I am always improving my swing” – this statement is personal, positive, progrssive and present.
Avoid the use of negative language – the subconscious doesn’t understand it.
If I say to you “don’t think about pink elephants” – well what are you doing thinking about pink elephants, I told you not to!
Similarly, the subconscious does not understand negative language – in order to not think about something you have to think about the thing that you’re not thinking about, and suddenly your brain hurts.
This is about taking your own medicine. If you want to practice hypnosis on others, you have to be excited to practice it on yourself (I mean, why wouldn’t you be excited to give yourself super powers).
Remember: Only those individuals who are truly determined to improve their lives will even attempt and succeed with self-hypnosis. But here’s the good news: the more trusted the source of information, the more suggestible the subconscious is to receive it. And I’ve got a hunch you trust yourself.
I see self-hypnosis as a tool for hyper-self-optimization. If you had the power to suggest to yourself anything you wanted – why would you not suggest to yourself all the best things you could do?
Hitting it hard at the gym, eating right, getting a good night’s sleep, reducing stress, feeling positive, clear on a life’s purpose, avoiding distractions – becoming hyper focused and hyper effective at work.
Setting The Time, Place & Mood For Self-Hypnosis:
Do it when you’ve got time to get fully involved, never attempt when you’re in a rush. Ideally practice at the same time each day, in a comfortable setting, wear comfortable clothing, and allow yourself to be as relaxed as possible.
Imagine setting this up as a daily routine for yourself – it could be first thing in the morning when you first wake up, or right before bed. Set aside 15-20 minutes to allow yourself the full benefits. Practice what you preach – by experiencing self-hypnosis for yourself first, you will have the added confidence when talking to clients that you know what you’re talking about actually works and is effective.
Self-Induced State of Trance:
Sit comfortable, feet flat on the floor, back straight. Close your eyes and begin breathing slowly and deeply. Hold each breath for a moment before releasing, similar to box breathing – in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, out for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, repeat – and as you do – feel all your stresses, fears, anxieties, to-do lists, tensions, pains, discomforts, worries, doubts, all mel away and flowing away from your body.
What Hypnosis Is:
Hypnosis is an induced state of trance – but it is not sleep.
Think about it: all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis, as the individual has to want the change and be an active participant for it to occur – they really do it to themselves.
The better the client has an expectation of results, the better the results will be. Rule of hypnotherapy: “That which is expected, tends to be realised”
During Hypnosis – the conscious mind is relaxed to such a degree that’s its ability to be critical and analytical is soothed and quieted – preventing it from blocking suggestions, and allowing the subconscious to be more receptive to receiving suggestions – especially positive and repetitious suggestions that it WANTS to hear (wanting to lose weight)
When the client is fully on board with the change and wants it, a light to medium trance is sufficient, however, in situations of deeply rooted emotional issues, a deeper trance may be needed.
To heighten initial compliance, include a series of minor suggestions (including welcoming the client inside, suggesting where to sit, having them fill out consent forms, asking them to sit comfortably, taking a few deep relaxing breaths) – each small agreement is a small act of compliance – and the more agreements you have, the more likely they will be to follow your later suggestions.
What Hypnotherapy Isn’t:
It is not a deep sleep and it cannot be used to control people.
Common Areas Hypnotherapy Can Help:
- Bolstering confidence
- Improving self-esteem
- Managing sleep issues
- Business & entrepreneurial motivation
- Quitting smoking, stopping drinking or eliminating addictions
- Losing weight
- Managing stress
- Dealing with fears, phobias, anxieties and depression