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Principle

Check that it works.

Practice

When you ask the person to do something, check that it happens. Find ways of finding out.

A good way of doing this is often to ask subconscious parts of the person, for example by asking a finger to raise or move if they person has reached a certain state or can see clearly a particular episode in their past.

You can also get a lot of information by looking at them. Body Language speaks volumes and the expression on their face or the state of tension in their muscles can tell you a lot. Watch particularly for transitions, where they visibly change as a response to your suggestions.

Also, when they are awake, check again that suggestions have taken hold. Fire triggers. Ask about memories. Check that you and they have achieved what was intended. It is also important to check that things that should not happen have not happened, for example a word to send them into a trance state cannot be accidentally used.

Feedback also works for them. Showing them that they have changed and improved reinforces the change and helps them feel good.

Discussion

Hypnosis is not magic. You do not just wave your magical hypnotic words at people and hey presto, they are in a deep trance, ready to do everything you command. It is a process of leading, where you encourage your subject to move in the direction that will help you to help them.

Feedback confirms. It allows you to say 'We have got to stage 10, now we are ready to move to stage 11', thus reliably ratcheting forward.

See also

Using Body Language, Listening

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