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Hypnotic Language

This page contains various language techniques commonly used in hypnosis.

Run-on sentences

It is very effective to combine the various types below into one, run-on sentence. They tend to be more difficult to follow which means that the person listening is busy making sense of it while you are already a bit further. Their thoughts trailing behind a little will allow you to suggest things that they don't have the time to consciously consider.

Notice that this sentence does have punctuation, But each sentence points back to the previous one, never quite closing the information loop.

Maybe you will notice that this block has a lot of indirect suggestions.

Now, in a moment, I will suggest you to relax. However, we're not there yet. Because I know that you wouldn't want to read something like this without understanding it. And yet, it might be quite fun to let your mind wander into a more relaxed state merely by listening to some simple words. And as you listen, letting your thoughts enjoy the moment where they don't need to think anymore, they might fall even deeper without you noticing. At the same time, you could become aware of what you're reading and how you are awake and aware of all of this.

Truisms

Statements that most people know or have experienced or that cannot be denied.

Most people really enjoy the feeling of the warm sun as they walk along the beach.
Your body already knows how to relax.

Try

Trying implies failure. If you try to lift a paper, it shouldn't succeed. This can cause some very nice confusion in the listener.

It can be important to first explain the concept of try (in a pre-talk) before using it. As many people consider "try" a challenge. Of course, this can also be used to the hypnotist's advantage.

Try to keep your eyes open as you notice how much they want to close.
Try to lift your arm while that heaviness spreads even further.

Negative confirmations

While negative language should generally be avoided, they can be used as a confirmation at the end of a phrase. They allow for the mind to let go of doubt as the subject agrees.

It does..., doesn't it?
You will..., won't you?
You're..., aren't you?