Last updated: 22 April 2021
Authored by: Hypnosis Training Academy
Conversational hypnosis works because it can do something extraordinary… it can access the unconscious mind.
It can help switch off the conscious, critical, analytical mind and let the unconscious mind take over.
As soon as that happens, your subject can go into trance.
And once they’re in a trance, that’s when you can start helping them solve their problems.
Of course, because people can go into a trance completely on their own.
When they’re watching TV, or reading a book, or driving a car. Their thoughts drift away, almost as if their conscious mind was taking a break.
At times like that, it happens by accident. Where hypnosis is concerned, though, you want it to happen deliberately.
But how do you go about it?
5 Ways To Access The Unconscious Mind Using Conversational Hypnosis
Believe it or not, you can access the unconscious mind just by talking to people. You can put them in a trance with nothing more than a conversation (which is where the name “conversational hypnosis” comes from)… without them even knowing you’re doing it.
IMPORTANT: Conversational hypnosis should only ever be used ethically, and as a force for good in someone’s life. It’s not “mind control” and should never be used to get something you want from someone else. Therefore, in any conversation where a state of hypnosis is induced in your subject, the suggestions you make to their unconscious mind are always in their highest and best interest.
1. Anecdote: The Hypnotic Power Of A Good Story
Can you guess how many books are published every year?
Or how many movies are released?
Probably a lot more than you think. But why so many?
Because everybody loves a good story.
Whether it’s in the form of a novel or a film. Stories have the power to transport us.
To let us experience other people’s lives.
To help us put our problems into perspective.
And one of the easiest ways to tell a story is using the anecdote, or the My Friend John format.
It doesn’t have to be John.
It could be any name, male or female, depending on the subject and the situation.
You’re simply telling a story about a friend of yours. To follow what you’re saying, the subject has to play along. To get involved.
To relive the experience with you. And if that experience involves going into a trance (which will be apparent if they exhibit 1 or more of the 14 Trance Signs explained in the FREE report below ) your subject will find it difficult to resist.
Meaning you’ll get them into a trance without even trying.
Naturally, you won’t be able to use the My Friend John (or Frank, or Barbara) technique over and over on the same subject.
Instead, you can branch out into other forms of storytelling called hypnotic lectures.
These can be either direct or indirect:
- Direct – This involves telling stories that allow people to have an experience. Stories about figures from history or literature. Stories that already have a natural trance theme embedded in them. Like the story of Mesmer, or the Oracle of Delphi, or Milton Erickson. Or the Thousand and One Nights, where Scheherazade stalls her own execution by telling gripping stories that end with a cliffhanger. The only way for her executioner to hear the rest of the story is to spare her life, and so each night Scheherazade finishes one tale and starts another, always leaving her audience wanting more.
- Indirect – This involves distancing yourself from the story entirely. You tell it as if it’s a story you read about, or saw on TV, or found in a report, or watched in a film. Because it’s not “your” story but someone else’s, it absolves you of any responsibility. This is particularly useful if your audience is skeptical in any way, either about hypnosis or about the subject you’re presenting.
2. Irresistible Induction: Your Own Performing Monkey
Want to take the perfect subject with you everywhere you go? That’s what performers did in the old days.
To others, it appeared that they were choosing people from the audience at random. In fact, those people were paid to travel around with the performer.
If you looked, you’d find them in every show, sprinkled in among the crowd. And once people saw them being influenced, being put into a trance, it reinforced their belief in the hypnotist.
It made it easier for him to hypnotize other members of the audience.
Because while he was putting his “planted” subjects into trance, the trance state affected other members of the audience too.
But doing the same thing these days is impractical.
Paying people to follow you around from one show to another can get expensive, and it might even lead to charges of fraud or misconduct.
So instead, why not use the next best thing? Yourself.
Simply describe what it feels like when you go into trance, but change from the first person to the second person.
It will sound like you’re talking about somebody else – the way their body relaxes, the way their breathing slows down, the quiet and serenity they feel inside – when in fact you’re simply describing your own experience entering a trance.
And unless they’re made of stone, your subjects will find themselves doing the same thing.
Being pulled irresistibly into an induction without even being aware of it.
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3. Hypnotic Magic Moments: Accessing The Unconscious Mind
A Magic Moment uses a different method.
It grabs your subject’s attention.
It arrests them, amazes them, or amuses them. In the same way that a magic trick would do.
But it’s not just a trick for the sake of it. There has to be a point behind it so that it’s meaningful to your subject.
It can be visual, as in something you draw, auditory, as in the form of a story, or kinesthetic, as in a physical demonstration.
For instance, you might ask your subject to stand up and try to stretch their arms around their body as far as they can go. At some point they’ll be unable to stretch any further.
Then, get them to close their eyes and visualize themselves stretching, without actually physically moving. Finally, have them open their eyes and do the exercise for real once more.
Because they’ve gone through the experience in their mind, they’ll discover that they’re able to stretch further than they did on their first attempt. At this point you talk about the power of the mind.
How it magically made their body more flexible.
How they can use it to be more flexible when it comes to fulfilling their goals and dreams.
And that can lead you straight into the hypnotic blitz.
4. The Hypnotic Blitz: Overload The Mind With Positive Suggestions
Rather than letting the Magic Moment just come and go, here’s your chance to build on it.
It’s a bit like giving your subject a pep talk.
Telling them about how they’ve just accessed their own unconscious mind, and used it to expand their potential.
Using only the power of their mind. Making their body stretch further than they thought it could. And if they can do that, what else might they be able to achieve?
How could they stretch themselves in other areas of their lives?
The subconscious mind is always there, always available, and they just need to be able to tap into its power. And one way they can do that is using a technique called the Dream Machine.
5. The Dream Machine: A Different Approach To The PCAT Formula
You’ve probably heard about the PCAT formula by now.
Here’s what it means:
- P is for problem
- C is for critical factor bypass
- A is for accessing resources
- T is for transform
So you discover the problem, and then bypass the critical factor.
Take the subject in a different direction to put the problem on hold, just for a short time.
Next, access their own inner resources.
Try to evoke a powerful emotional response that will help them make whatever change is necessary.
Finally, transform the situation by applying these resources to the original problem.
If the idea of a formula seems too rigid to work with, PCAT might be more successful when applied in the guise of another vehicle.
Like the Dream Machine. People are fascinated by dreams, and the more bizarre the better. They don’t want to hear about nice dreams, or pleasant dreams, or dreams where everything turned out happily ever after. That stuff’s boring.
What they want is the weird, the unexplainable, the out of the ordinary dream.
The beauty of a dream is that anything can happen. Anything is possible in a dream, so no-one will bat an eyelid.
No matter how unbelievable your dream is. So the next time someone presents you with a problem, tell them that reminds you of a dream you once had.
Then use the vehicle of the dream to elaborate on the problem.
Immediately they stop focusing on the problem, and start focusing instead on your dream.
Make it as bizarre and fascinating as you want to.
Access the resources you used to deal with the problem in your dream.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll be changing the way your subject feels.
Change the way they feel, and you’ll change the way they think and behave.
Which results in transforming the problem, the whole object behind the exercise.
You can use any or all of these techniques in whatever order you wish.
Their power lies in their ability to create a dissociation between the conscious and unconscious minds.
This helps you separate experiences out so you’re able to do something with them.
But what’s really cool is this – you can do all of it just by talking. Just by holding what seems to be an ordinary conversation. Giving you the power to “talk” to the unconscious mind directly.
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Hypnosis is a purely natural state that allows direct access to the subconscious mind, where our learned behaviour pattern-making systems reside. With hypnosis then, we can by-pass what would require a prolonged or circuitous re-learning program in our fully conscious state.Which technique used to study the unconscious mind? ›
Thus, it is concluded that the Dream analysis method is most appropriate for identifying the characteristics of the unconscious mind.Can you speak while hypnotized? ›
When person is asleep, and you or even the greatest stage hypnotist make a suggestion – the person will continue to be asleep – they will not be acting on the suggestion. Yes people can talk while in trance.Can I learn hypnosis on my own? ›
Can you teach yourself hypnosis? Yes, though you will not be able to practice as a certified hypnotist until you complete a recognized, accredited course, it is possible to teach yourself hypnosis for the purposes of self-hypnotizing. The first two ways in the list below outlines how you can go about doing this.How do I reprogram my subconscious mind to manifest? ›
- Create a New Reality Through Visualization.
- Reprogram Your Subconscious Mind With Hypnosis.
- Tell Your Subconscious Mind a New Reality With Affirmations.
- Have Your Goals in Front of You Every Day, With a Vision Board.
- Use a Journal to Reprogram Your Subconscious Mind.
- Learn How the Law of Attraction Really Works.
Meditation and the brain-waves. The purpose of meditation is to lower your brain waves so that you can redirect your attention from the external to the external and access your subconscious mind which could only happen when your brain is in theta range.Do affirmations reprogram the subconscious mind? ›
As a type of positive self-talk, affirmations can help you alter subconscious thoughts. Repeating a supportive, encouraging phrase gives it power, since hearing something often makes it more likely you'll believe it. In turn, your belief makes it more likely you'll act in ways that make your affirmation become reality.Can you communicate with your subconscious? ›
Communicating to your subconscious mind
Communicating thoughts from your conscious mind to your subconscious mind is difficult because it should be done with emotions. Only the thoughts that are conveyed with genuine emotions make it to the back of your mind.
Some say it takes between 22-66 days to reprogram your subconscious. Others may experience results after 7 days. But depending on your limiting beliefs it may take months, or even up to a year, or more to see results.
Our subconscious mind absorbs so much information and ideas, much of which doesn't even pass through our conscious mind, making it a great resource when it comes to getting ideas down on paper or on a screen. Also, writing allow you to reach your subconscious emotions and thoughts.What is example of unconscious mind? ›
Data that cannot be recalled with effort at a specific time but that later may be remembered are retained on an unconscious level. For example, under ordinary conditions a person may be unconscious of ever having been locked in a closet as a child; yet under hypnosis he may recall the experience vividly.Can you study the unconscious mind? ›
SIGMUND FREUD popularized the idea of the unconscious, a sector of the mind that harbors thoughts and memories actively removed from conscious deliberation. Because this aspect of mind is, by definition, not accessible to introspection, it has proved difficult to investigate.What are some examples of unconscious behavior? ›
Unconscious Behaviour examples
Examples of unconscious events include suppressed feelings, auto reactions, complexes, and concealed phobias. Historically, feelings, thoughts, and responses that are outside of a human's consciousness were attributed to a divine's role in dictating a motive or action.
The Hypnotic Induction Profile (HIP) or the eye roll test, first proposed by Herbert Spiegel, is a simple test to loosely determine if a person is susceptible to hypnosis. A person is asked to roll their eyes upward. The degree to which the iris and cornea are seen is measured.What is indirect hypnosis? ›
Indirect suggestions are an Ericksonian style of hypnosis that does not use commands and is different than direct suggestions. Direct suggestion is where something is directly suggested to you. For example close the door, close your eyes now and relax the muscles in your stomach are direct suggestions.What happens when someone is in a trance? ›
During a trance, a person's awareness is markedly decreased. He/she may, for example, be unable to open his/her eyes or walk around, or may not notice a song on the radio or that a person is talking to him/her. This decreased awareness makes people much more suggestible during trance states.Can a person be hypnotized to do anything? ›
You can't be made to do anything against your will. You won't reveal any information that you wished to remain secret. You don't lose control over your behavior. Hypnosis makes it easier to experience suggestions but doesn't force you to have certain experiences.Can everyone be hypnotized? ›
Not everyone is able to be hypnotized, and new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine shows how the brains of such people differ from those who can easily be.Who teaches hypnosis? ›
A therapist (hypnotherapist) can lead the hypnosis, or the therapist can teach people to hypnotize themselves (self-hypnosis). You can also learn self-hypnosis by following instructions from online resources or books.
Your subconscious mind can be compared to flying a plane on autopilot. It is constantly running programs to control how we walk, sit, breathe, talk, and so on. We don't have to think about these things, they just happen because the information to do them is stored in your brain.How do I reprogram my mind for positive thinking? ›
- Observe your thoughts.
- Scan for the 3 daily positives.
- Give someone a shoutout.
- Help others.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
- Look after your body and mind.
- Subconscious re-training and inner healing.
- Make time to do something that you love.
Spiritual benefits of meditation
inner stillness and peace. less reactivity. a sense of inner bliss that isn't dependent on outer circumstances. a strong and authentic sense of who you are on a soul level.
Affirmations are thoughts you CHOOSE to think. Repeating affirmations on a daily basis is basically using your conscious mind to reprogram your subconscious mind until you get the results you want. We know this is possible because of neuroplasticity.Why are affirmations so powerful? ›
Affirmations have the power to motivate you to act on certain things, help you to concentrate on achieving your goals in life, give you the power to change your negative thinking patterns and replace them with positive thinking patterns, assist you in accessing a new belief system, but above all, affirmations can ...How do you talk to someone's subconscious mind? ›
“Imagine how you… / Imagine yourself…” This is a great one to get the receiver creating their own mental image of how whatever it is you are trying to sell will benefit them and help their dreams come true. It really personalizes the message and gets them feeling like you are speaking directly to them!What is the language of the subconscious mind? ›
But the subconscious isn't logical and analytical like the conscious mind. It doesn't distinguish between fantasy and reality. And it uses the language of symbols, pictures and metaphors to communicate ideas to your conscious mind. That's what dreams are.What are the best questions to ask your subconscious mind? ›
Here are a seven questions you could ask yourself to be clear on your major definite purpose in life.
- Questions about your interests. ...
- Questions about meaning. ...
- Questions about resources. ...
- Questions about support.
- Meditate. ...
- Regularly exercise. ...
- Write. ...
- Listen to some Mozart. ...
- Laugh. ...
- A healthy diet. ...
- Get plenty of sleep.
The subconscious mind is far more powerful than the conscious mind and can process huge quantities of information that come via your five senses and translate them back to your brain in the blink of an eye.
In hypnosis there is often a reddening of the eyes. Though not observable outwardly, a person in trance often reports fogging or blurring of the vision. Hypnosis can also cause tunnel vision, or even changes in the colors, sizes, and shapes of things. A person in hypnosis will be less distracted by outside sounds.What is indirect hypnosis? ›
Indirect suggestions are an Ericksonian style of hypnosis that does not use commands and is different than direct suggestions. Direct suggestion is where something is directly suggested to you. For example close the door, close your eyes now and relax the muscles in your stomach are direct suggestions.What is ericksonian therapy? ›
Ericksonian therapy (ET) is a treatment modality practiced internationally by medical and mental health providers who wish to utilize experiential techniques and practical problem-solving as an integral part of general therapeutic protocol.How do you become a master hypnotist? ›
Most approved hypnotherapy certification programs require a minimum of 40 to 100 hours of hypnotherapy training workshops, plus 20 hours of supervised individual training and 2 to 5 years of practical experience using hypnosis as a part of your practice.How long does a hypnosis last? ›
Again this is really dependent on both your hypnotherapist and your circumstances. One-off services such as smoking cessation or gastric band hypnotherapy can last around two hours, while a general hypnotherapy session will usually take 50 to 60 minutes.What does a hypnotized person look like? ›
You may look like you're sleeping, but you're awake during hypnosis. You're just in a deeply relaxed state. Your muscles will become limp, your breathing rate will slow, and you may become drowsy.How do you know if someone is in a trance? ›
- Physical Changes: You Feel A Change In Your Body. ...
- Mental Changes: You Feel A Change In Your Mind. ...
- In Between Wake & Sleep: You're Not Sure If You Fell Asleep. ...
- Analytical Changes: You Can't Do Math. ...
- Changes of Awareness: You're More Focused. ...
- Visual Changes: You See Vivid Imagery.
Hypnotic language involves structuring sentences in such a way as to invite the reader or listener into a trance state.Is NLP a hypnosis? ›
NLP, on the other hand, has no formal induction. It doesn't use the same tools and techniques as hypnosis, because both your conscious mind and unconscious mind are involved. So when NLP was discovered, the early pioneers looked at hypnosis and modeled it. But NLP alone is not necessarily hypnosis.Is NLP and hypnosis the same? ›
NLP is far more interactive than hypnotherapy and focuses a lot on linguistic elements that influence neurological processes. It engages more with the conscious mind and clients will become more involved with the techniques on a practical level.
- Having flexibility in the approach. Erickson was highly flexible and would adapt his approach with each client. ...
- Working with symptoms for change. ...
- Engaging the unconscious mind. ...
- Use of metaphor. ...
- The confusion technique. ...
- Handshake induction.
Gestalt therapy is a form of psychotherapy that is centered on increasing a person's awareness, freedom, and self-direction. It's a form of therapy that focuses on the present moment rather than past experiences. Gestalt therapy is based on the idea that people are influenced by their present environment.Is hypnotizing someone easy? ›
It is not easy to hypnotize a person who wants to be hypnotized because all hypnosis is, in the end, self-hypnosis. Contrary to popular misconceptions, hypnotism is not mind-control or mystical powers. You, as the hypnotist, are mostly a guide to help the person relax and fall into a trance-state, or waking sleep.How can I hypnotize myself to study hard? ›
- Find a comfortable place to relax and get comfortable.
- Relax using a hypnotic induction like progressive muscle relaxation.
- Introduce a suggestion.
- Return to your usual level of alertness.
Earn a bachelor's degree
The first step to becoming a licensed or certified hypnotherapist is to earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. This degree can be in a field related to medicine, therapy or psychology.