Hypnosis and NLP


This post aims to be neither comprehensive nor complete, but is hopefully a short primer on the ideas in Hypnosis and NLP, at least enough to wet your appetite for more information. I would like to point out that I have no qualifications or the like in either topic, and am reporting on my own current knowledge, experience and research.

I would first like to explain what NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) roughly is, something I don’t feel is necessary for Hypnosis as the term is generally well-known in it’s definition.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming is an ideology (for want of a better word) that centres around the way a person see’s the world, quite literally. Neuro meaning mind, Liguistic meaning words, and Programming meaning the way we can change (or how we got them in the first place) the way we think, act or feel. It was first conceived by a man named Richard Bandler and is widely-used in the Sales and Marketing sectors. It has also, however, become popular within the personal development side of things.

NLP’s main strength (and selling-point, no pun intended!) is it’s claimed-ability to not only change things, but fast. The entire idea was first idealised after Bandler looked at the current state (in the 70’s, but things haven’t changed too much) of Psychological approaches towards self development and all things mental. He saw that these traditional techniques seemed to take an awful long time to come to any conclusion or reach any goals, if they even did. And so, NLP was born.

NLP includes some ideas from the topic of Hypnosis, and thus the reason I feature them in the same post here. The main difference, from my perspective, is that NLP is used pretty much when the client (or just the other person) is in a “normal” state, in other words there is no Hypnotic Induction or “trance” needed. In Hypnosis, however, it is common-place for the client to be guided to a highly-alert and relaxed state of mind, in other words a trance.

Both NLP and Hypnosis interest me mainly because they are practical, implimentable techniques and resources to accomplish a goal in a short period of time. This is in comparison to traditional psychological methods such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (something which I am all too familiar with). In my view, NLP and Hypnosis have more promise than learning cryptic Psychological theories such as Transactional Analysis, as they seem to build on these older ideas and progress them to a stage where they are actually usable and practical. Although I do personally find theories such as TA interesting to read about.

Basic ideas in NLP include the way we picture things in our minds. When we think of something we bought that we especially like, it is normally on the other side of our “mind’s eye”, than something we regret buying. Other features such as closeness and brightness are usually different also.

This insight allows an NLP practitioner (or even the common man-on-the-street) to adjust certain feelings towards specific things in the world by changing the way we see these things in the “mind’s eye”. It seems too simple to work, but I can assure you it really does have an impact (at least in my case).

Hypnosis is older than NLP, but is still in high-usage across the world. Preconceptions concerning Hypnosis usually include being “made” to do things against your will, or that the hypnotist will make you do “stupid things”. One thing that is quite rightly promoted by every (serious) hypnotist around the planet is that you are fully conscious and aware whilst under hypnosis, and if anything feels wrong or something catches your attention, you are still in the state of mind to stop proceedings and raise your concerns. You do not fall unconscious during any part of a Hypnotic session.

Here are some resources I would like to share with you regarding Hypnosis and NLP:

If you search the internet there are many other such resources, but remember to assess the validity of each source yourself, and gauge how much you trust it. These are external sites and as such I can take no responsibility for their content.

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20 Responses to “Hypnosis and NLP”

  1. if your still about give me an email it will be great to talk to you about nlp and hypnosis…
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    nlp pratitioner, registered hypnotherapist, former therapist.. studying counselling and psychotherapy degree first year with a way long interest in psychology and philosophy oh and obbsessed with derren brown and magic.. Email me at error265@hotmail.com

  2. Great comments… did you now know that they believe that the subconscious (or unconscious as the NLPers like to refer to it) ‘processing’ is about 1 million times more powerful that the conscious mind… Its no wonder that hypnosis and self-hypnosis do such a great job at ‘changing your mind’!

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