SPECIALIZED HYPNOSIS TRAINING:
Storytelling in Hypnosis
What makes a story hypnotic?
Let me count the ways. (It’s three actually.)
First, your story is hypnotic because it’s a story. All tales activate the imagination.
Every story you tell bypasses the critical faculty, whether you use The Four-Word Induction or not.
When you listen to story, you become absorbed in the experience.
You’ve probably been so caught up in a story that you were “mesmerized” or even “spellbound.”
Of course, “spellbound” just means “made cataleptic by a story.”
Every story is about change.
When you tell your clients stories, they enter a mental landscape where it becomes possible to solve their problems.
Storytelling produces change, even while your client’s eyes are open.
Second, stories give you a framework for conversational hypnosis and embedded suggestions.
You might have found, as I did, that Ericksonian language patterns can sound awkward in everyday conversation.
But you can do what I do—and what Erickson did: Embed suggestions in your stories.
Third, when you learn advanced hypnotic storytelling,
you can use Nested Loops to induce trance.
You’ll tell stories within stories to tie up the conscious mind with suspense.
Your clients will be spellbound.