What Is Conversational Hypnosis
Conversational hypnosis is the ability to “hypnotize” people through conversation. I put the word hypnotize in quotations because generally speaking, conversational hypnosis does not put someone in a trance. Learning the skills of conversational hypnosis enables you to get what you want from people.
Everyone wants the ability to get what they want from other people. Conversational hypnosis allows you to develop rapport with another person so that you are easily able to convey what you want either in a direct or embedded way.
Conversational hypnosis deals a lot with NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming. One aspect of NLP and conversational hypnosis are representational systems. There are three major representational systems: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
The visual representational system describes people who gravitate towards their visual field. These are types of people who are more in tune with their visual field. When explaining something to someone who is visual they are most likely to picture it in their minds. Later, when accessing this conversation or story a visual person will be able to visualize the story in their head.
The auditory representational system describes people who gravitate towards their auditory field. These people are more in tune with their hearing ability and with sounds. They tend to listen to words and sounds and associate things with these words and sounds. People who are lean toward an auditory representation system often say “sounds good” or “I hear what you are saying.”
The kinesthetic representational system describes people who depend on their feeling or sense of touch. These people are most in tune with their sense of touch. When talking with someone who depends on their kinesthetic representational system, they might say “hold on” when they are asking you to wait.
When I work with clients, I like to figure out whether they depend on visual, auditory, or kinesthetic clues. When I figure out what representational system describes them, I am better able to develop rapport with them. Developing rapport is very important during any type of therapy between a client and their therapist whether it is hypnotherapy or psychiatry.
Being able to appeal to a client’s representational system allows me to develop rapport with them and a level of trust is established. It also helps the client realize that I am there to help them make positive changes in their life. They feel as though I understand exactly what they are going through. A client is more likely to make changes in their own life if they feel confident and at ease around their therapist.