and SLEEP!

I’ve just taken the week off:
no blogging, less Tweeting and Facebooking and all because I took a 3 day course.  It strikes me that whenever I break my routines, I tend to revaluate and return to the routines slowly and sometimes not at all!

Actually, this is no surprise. In hypnosis, amongst other mindful sciences and arts, “Pattern Interruption” is away to gain access to the unconscious. I was really surprised how quickly this is done in show-hypnosis! (the subject of the 3 day course that I attended).  I have seen it done many times but never used it until the course.Hypnotic Blue Eyes Young Woman iStock_000001985550XSmallIt is almost a short sharp shock. Obviously there is more to it than that but just consider the value of a short, sharp, shock  in your life. I know that is has reset me on quite a few occasions. If you have children and they are beginning to run out of control then you may recognise that when you did something suddenly and unexpectedly your children stopped what they were doing, almost immediately.

As I have mentioned before Landmark Education have a phrase: “Breakthrough always follows Break down”.  So I now equate a Pattern Interruption to a Breakdown (to a reset) to a sudden point of unconsciousness and to a sudden occurrence of creativity or maybe to a sudden answer to something that you have been trying to work out.

The hypnotic state caused by the pattern interruption is the opportunity to amend or reset a behavioural or thought pattern and possibility breaks through.

Now, wide awake, return to your screen, invigorated and raring to go!
(Just kidding)

Open-mouthed smile


Loopy Tweeting Ambiguity

The problem with Tweeting is the amount of characters available to you
at 140 it is even less than a SMS (mobile phone text message)!

So, how then, can one use Tweets to be able to influence somebody?

There has been a long debate as to whether Hypnosis exists or if it is all just suggestion.

CaptureDerren Brown talks about this in his book ‘Tricks of the Mind’ although there is recent evidence which shows the existence of Hypnosis as a specific state in the brain.

In hypnosis one seeks to influence.

Using the style of Milton Erickson one can be Artfully Vague so that the subject fills in the elements as the hypnotist suggests
for example … “Now, I don’t know if you are thinking of the sky or even if there are clouds or even if the sun is high in the sky or how bright it may be….”

The Hypnotist does not actually know what the subject is thinking about.

Nevertheless, the hypnotist has suggested that the subject think of a bright sunny day. He cant make the subject think of those things but there is a good chance that the subject will.
The fact the Hypnotist goes on to describe what may be in the sky presupposes that there is a sky and the subject is thinking about it.

There are all manner of techniques to suggest tings to a subject, you only have to look a TV ads to get that!

Look at the adverts for Smokers Patches or gum where words like “… the next time you…” are used.  No presupposition or suggestion there then!

One can Analogue Mark out certain words or phrases by pausing slightly before uttering them – the subject’s unconscious mind will pick up the difference whilst their rational mind will push on making sense of the words.

Lowering the tone of voice as words are spoken can command the subject to follow
for example “As you sit there you can |relax now |…. ”
Again the unconscious picks up the commands whilst the conscious continues to make sense of the words.

It is ambiguous. One meaning is processed one way by the conscious and another meaning processed by the unconscious.

There are many techniques, these are just some.

Oh yes … I digressed!

So, how then, can one use Tweets to be able to influence somebody?

Or did I?

I opened a loop, a while ago to preoccupy  your conscious mind  and now I have just closed it.
If I wanted to, I could nest loops inside of loops. All designed to preoccupy the conscious mind, whilst I make suggestions to the unconscious mind. Actually, I stacked 2 loops together – note how Ambiguity, appearing in the blog post title was incomplete until I described how the words  |relax now | were being used.

Ever had a friend who said “We must go for a drink and catch up….” ?
They never book a time. Notice how that hangs around because it is incomplete. It is an open loop.

Now, here’s the problem.

How can you embed suggestions successfully into a 140 character tweet?

The Meaning of Life is NOT

It was my pleasure to be ChatviewedTM by The English Sisters on 14th November.

They are very skilled Hypnotists, with their very own and unique Hypnorambling style so I guess it was inevitable that we would end up with a Trance Out . After all, Hypnotists do love to practice!

I’d like to say that I won, but I can’t remember  Confused smile


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The Principles of Conversational Hypnosis

Most people vividly remember the scene in Star Wars when Obi Wan Kenobi looks into the eyes of a guard and convinces him that the three wanted fugitives right in front of him are not the people he is looking for. Wouldn’t it be great to have similar influence over people? The term conversational hypnosis suggests that we can.

Of course, conversational hypnosis is not as simple as it sounds. Rather, it is a series of well-choreographed strategies and manipulations that may bring others around to your point of view.

The principles of conversational hypnosis were first conceived by the great hypnotist and psychotherapist Milton Erickson. Erickson believed that trance states were not rare occurrences that had to be elaborately induced. He believed people slip into trance states several times a day, for instance, when they are waiting for a bus or concentrating very hard on something they are reading.

Erickson also theorized that directly trying to induce a trance state in someone or trying to give them direct suggestions might lead to resistance. He preferred to use rapport, indirect suggestions, and confusion to induce trance states and influence compliance.


The first step in conversational hypnosis is creating a rapport with the subject. This means agreeing with what they have to say. For instance, if the subject says, “There’s no way out of this,” the proper response is, “You’re right. There’s no way out.”


The next step in conversational hypnosis is to confuse the issue. Sometimes a simple question works. “But even if there is no way out, can you be absolutely sure that a solution won’t pop into your mind in the next minute or so?”

Another technique used to create confusion in conversational hypnosis is to encourage resistance, perhaps by saying, “No one could solve that problem. It’s simply too complex. There’s absolutely no way out. You don’t have a chance…” At some point, the subject will probably start arguing with you that the problem is not so unsolvable after all!

Still another confusion technique is to suggest that the subject do more of something that isn’t working. For instance, an obese subject might be encouraged to gain weight.


The final step in conversational hypnosis is to make an indirect suggestion such as, “You’re feeling a bit less hopeless now, aren’t you?” or “I don’t know why, but it seems to me you look more optimistic than you did a few minutes ago.”

Needless to say, conversational hypnosis is no easy feat, and it is best left to professionals.

If you would like to know more about conversational hypnosis, several websites offer online courses on the topic. You might also try reading a clinical biography of Milton Erickson.

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