Firstly, thank you to the Rogue Hypnotist for inspiration on this post – for more in-depth, check out his book series on Amazon.
Words That Are Strangely Hypnotic:
Words are powerful. We all know that the pen is mightier than the sword. Words have ways of changing minds, of inspiring ideas, of changing beliefs, understanding new perspectives and moving emotions. Words connect us, build bonds, and give us the foundation to build culture.
Why are some words so hypnotic? Words speak directly to the brain, and the associations we have with certain words cause immediate reactions, responses and emotions. Think back to when you were a child, the simple act of your parents reading a bedtime story was particularly hypnotic.
Words can make us feel safe, protected, loved, confident, make us feel like we’re part of a tribe and community. The more we relax, the more we can speak directly to our subconscious. I’ve compiled here a list of words that pack an extra hypnotic punch due to the way they impact the brain:
This quick video by Shane Fozard explores the 4 most hypnotic words we all use on a daily basis:
Additionally this video by the American School of Hypnosis reviews the 3 words that can send you straight into a hypnotic state:
Words Beginning with RE are hypnotic:
Words that start with RE are generally a return to something from our past. They simultaneously inspire us to go back in time in our mind, as well as excitedly look forward to the future. Any suggestion that has us remembering the past, instantly induces a light hypnotic state.
Words such as remember, relax, revitalize, rejuvenate, reinvigorate, replenish, review, revolution, reconnect, recognize, re-associate, re-organize – all these words have the power of bringing us back.
‘Remember’ on it’s own is one of the most hypnotic words available to you, as by asking someone to remember you are directing them to go inward – to look inside themselves to find the answer, to think of a time or situation or person or emotion from the past.
The simple act of introspection and thinking inwardly has the automatic effect of inducing a light state of hypnosis. Sprinkle these words in and use as appropriate.
We all associate colours with feelings.
The concept sounds strange at first, but if you let the idea sink in, you’ll see that the evidence is all around us in our culture.
Green = money / greed / envy / jealousy
Red = passion / love / heat / anger
Blue = cool / calm / sad
Yellow = creativity / energy / happiness
Black = depression
White = optimism
Fun fact: yellow makes people more suggestible.
So what is the purpose of colours and feelings and how they relate to hypnosis? Because if someone is having a negative association – for example they’re highly jealous and they associate the feeling with green, we can use the state of hypnosis to remove ‘that’ negative colour (remember: ‘that’ is dissociative), and replace it with ‘this’ positive colours (‘this’ is associative).
Similarly if you’re looking to make people feel better, happier and more optimistic, you can help them replace with more positive colour associations like yellow and white.
One more exercise that allows the client to use their own colour imagination, is to say something like ‘now as you feel the pleasant sensations emanating from the top of your head, imagine your favourite colour, and as you imagine your favourite colour, feel how it makes you feel, feel how that colour makes you feel as you relax deeper and deeper, feeling the sensations travelling all the way to the tips of your toes’.
PMR: Progressive Muscle Relaxation:
Progressive Muscle Relaxation is the process of getting each and every muscle group in the body to relax. These are generally done as clumps of major muscle groups, like the eyes, neck, shoulder, back, stomach, legs.
Remember, most people are incredibly tense and stressed out. Most people just need a good relaxing. If you can help people to relax, they will have positive associations about you, but more importantly they can better start to heal.
An example could be something like: “as you feel the sensations washing down over your head like the feeling of warm honey, you feel your eyes, and you allow your eyes just to relax. Traveling down, you feel your jaw, and you realise that you can let your jaw relax. Traveling around back to your neck, you start to let your neck gently relax. Going down to your stomach, you start allowing all of those feeling and knots to start untangling. As they untangle, you feel a wave of relaxation wash over you…”
This video by John Hopkins Rheumatology gives a quick overview of the process of Progressive Muscle Relaxation:
Conscious and Unconscious Dissociation:
This is a process of decoupling the conscious and unconscious mind. We tend to view the mind as ‘one singular’ thing, and this allows the client to start seeing them as two different, independently operating systems.
By uncoupling and conscious and unconscious mind, it allows the client feelings of freedom in their thought, and allows them to go deeper into a hypnotic state, as it allows them to shut off their conscious defense mechanisms.
Words to the effect of ‘As part of you hears the words I’m saying, another part gets deeper immersed in the feelings’
‘Perhaps one part wants to follow along, while another knows without intentional effort and can simply absorb’
‘Maybe one part doubts and questions, and another is able to accept the experiences and change as possible, trusting on a deeper level’.
This video by Melissa Tiers gives an example of what conscious and unconscious dissociation can look like:
Secret Code Hypnosis:
This is a secret method to bypass the conscious mind and direct hypnotic suggestions directly to the subconscious. We accomplish this by hiding coded language within larger sentences. The suggestion gets broken up and injected one word at a time in between phrases of normal speech.
On the surface, it sounds like a perfectly normal set of phrases, that gently lul the client into deeper levels of trance. However, sprinkled in are more potent commands that go direct to the subconscious.
The subconscious is extremely powerful and can easily process multiple messages at the same time. The conscious mind simply gets confused and stops trying. In effect, this is the state of hypnosis, when the conscious mind just says ‘you know, I’ve had enough of this’, and goes to sleep.
Note: to make secret code hypnosis work you must make good use of pauses and execute and embedded command tonality – that is the rapport breaking style of dropping the tone at the end of the sentence.
‘You enjoy relaxation and love the feeling of going deeper and deeper. Being very confident in yourself, you feel comfortable as you lessen the focused element of your mind. And when, and only when you’re ready, you’re looking forward to a productive session.
The secret code: You love being focused and productive.
Pretty cool right? This is a method for adding subliminal messaging into your words. On the surface, on a conscious level there is nothing overt or offensive about them, allowing them to slip past the guard. However the subconscious mind doesn’t miss a beat.
This can work especially well on people who don’t like to be directly told what to do.
The Power Of Hypnotic Language In Negotiation:
The main purpose of negation is to attract resistance and to diffuse it. Negotiations are clever ways of delivering suggestions that don’t seem like suggestions. Similar to the above, these are ways of delivering your messages direct to the subconscious, and bypass that pesky conscious mind.
As a clear illustration, the subconscious mind does not understand the word ‘don’t’. In order to not think about pink elephants, you have to think about pink elephants.
If you say ‘don’t drink alcohol’, you’ve just thought about alcohol. If you say ‘don’t smoke cigarettes’, you’ve just thought about cigarettes. See how this works?
However we’re not trying to be nasty here, we’re trying to help people. So if you say ‘don’t worry about relaxing’ – the client feels happy and in control, you haven’t told them what to do, in fact, you’ve told them they don’t have to do anything, but to ‘not worry about relaxing’, now means that they’re thinking about relaxing.
A: You don’t have to…
You don’t have to relax
You don’t have to listen to the words I’m saying
You don’t have to feel any sensations throughout your body
You don’t have to slip into a trance unless you want to
Don’t relax too deeply yet
Don’t make any lifestyle changes that you’re not interested in
Don’t worry about relaxing your breathing
Don’t focus on feeling light and drifty
C: Never (a don’t variant)
D: It’s not necessary…
It’s not necessary to stop smoking today…only when you decide you’re good and ready
Remember your attitude: ‘I don’t want any power or authority over anyone anyway’ – let them come to their own conclusions and make their own decisions. When you ooze this attitude people don’t resist you, instead they see you as an ally – which you are.
E: You shouldn’t…couldn’t…wouldn’t
F: Tag Questions
‘You already know how to relax deeply, do you not?’
The tag question on the end can help to hide the command/suggestion.
‘All these changes have occurred without your conscious mind knowing how, haven’t you?’
Throwing on a tag question allows you to disguise the fact that you made a subtle command or suggestion, and instead puts the onus on the client as something that they’d be doing anyway.
True hypnotic language is about adding double and triple meanings onto each and every word you say, delivering subliminal messages right to the subconscious. This obviously requires an advanced mastery of the english language, and being precise in your use of language and words.
The beauty of the subconscious mind is that it is so infinite and vast that it is able to pick up on all these subtle cues. As Uncle Ben says in Spider-Man: ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’.
Never try to manipulate and control someone else’s mind. That completely negates the whole principle of therapy. But rather help to relieve the shackles on the subconscious. Think of it like a caged lion – it has so much potential for majestic beauty, but it’s been domesticated and caged, and is unable to live out its true glory!