This introduction to conversational hypnosis differs in several important ways from others on this subject that, in my view, overcomplicate the subject and so make it far harder to master. With more than twenty years practical experience with conversational hypnosis, I can talk using all the impressive hypnotic language, but anyone who has heard a conversational hypnotist speak using all the Ericksonian hypnotic language patterns will know that it doesn’t sound very conversational! Rather it sounds as if you are doing hypnosis or at least ‘talking funny’.
There is no need to learn most of the language pattern skills to be able to do conversational hypnosis. In can actually prevent beginners from being good at conversational hypnosis because when they focus too strongly on using hypnotic language, they no longer sound as if they are having a ‘normal’ conversation. To practice conversational hypnosis you do not need to use complicated language patterns only a solid understanding of certain principles. Such as the nature of hypnosis, both the state people call hypnosis and the act of doing hypnosis, and what a trance state is.
You also need to know what makes people go into trance states and what deepens the trance. Once you know these areas you know what you need to do to conversationally guide people into any trance state, not just hypnosis, but love, excitement, happiness, relaxation, or any other trance state you can think of. You will end up using many of the hypnotic language techniques, but these will be used in a natural way that fits with what you are saying.
This course on conversational hypnosis covers many areas to help you get a good grounding to build on by learning what hypnosis is, what trance is, what the main theories are about what hypnosis is and a brief history about hypnosis. Then on to different ways trance and hypnosis get induced, and it is by understanding the different ways people naturally enter trance that you can know how to induce trance or hypnosis in others in a wide range of different ways.
As I am a therapist I have targeted this course mainly at those that are learning these skills for therapy, counselling or coaching. There is information about a range of hypnotherapeutic techniques; a section on how to help clients transfer changes from therapy sessions into their everyday life and carry those changes on into the future.
Towards the end of the course I cover procedures for using disassociation and association therapeutically, abreactions and what to do if someone has an abreaction.
This conversational hypnosis course, comprising around eight hours of video, is made up of lectures with PDF notes and demonstrations. There are lectures on inductions for you to follow so that you can experience being hypnotised using the processes described in the course and you can re-listen to those lectures intentionally not following along and allowing yourself to be hypnotised and instead focusing on analysing what is being done.