The Persuasive Power of Nested Loops in Hypnosis

By Covert Hypnotist | December 16, 2012

There are all types of different story telling methods and skills to incorporate in you inductions as a Conversational Hypnotist. All of these methods are very powerful. You can accomplish all four of the stages within the 4 Stage Protocol as well as use stories for many different aspects of hypnosis.

Embedding suggestions and isomorphic stories are an indirect way to come to the conclusion you and your clients are looking for. You can use your stories to relax and excite people in the types of trances you are inducing.

To recall emotions and experiences through story telling is a powerful and useful skill in the art of hypnosis. You have also learned how to construct certain aspects of your stories to extract the conclusions and outcomes that your are looking for so you attain the exact things you want from the sessions you hold with different subjects.

The next aspect you must learn to conquer is the art of nested loops. The different ways to tell stories has taught you to accomplish the four stages in hypnosis and nested loops or nested stories will give you another way to do this.

When telling nested stories or nesting loops within a set of stories is to design a tale that will require more of the unconscious attention than a simple story would. These aspects will make the unconscious concentrate more and work harder. The other things these nested loops will do is to become less consciously detectable for your listener and are a more hypnotic route than the simple stories you have previously learned about.

The beauty of the nested loop when it comes to critical factor is that they tend to bypass the critical factor more efficiently in just the fact that there is more to concentrate on and confuse the conscious mind.

Nested loops are a combination of many different stories that in the end impact the unconscious even more fully than a simple story with one conclusion or suggestion. In a nested loop you will have many conclusions and suggestions that will activate the unconscious to be more fully in action.

The way nested loops work is to have your three, four or five stories in mind. As you tell each story you will come to the climax of the story and then switch to another story. Each story you repeat the same method with tell the story all the way up to the greatest turning point and then switch to the next story again.

As you do this telling and breaking into each new story you are pushing the unconscious into working overtime. Because each story is left unfinished the unconscious is going to be working even harder to finish the details and attempt to figure out the end of all your stories.

When you are creating these stories and leaving them unfinished you are going to be accessing a special principal called the Zeigarnik Effect. The Zeigarnik Effect is what happens when the unconscious assigns a higher level of importance to a matter, thought or story simply because it is left unfinished.

The consequence of this is that the unfinished business becomes remembered more fully or done better simply because of the importance placed upon it to want to be finished.

If a thing is finished, let’s say a story or thought, the mind will shut down afterward because it now has all the answers it needs, there is no reason to probe further. This can be a problem when there is new information discovered about the thing that the mind has shut off to. Because the mind feels complete in that matter then the new information is harder to get across and accepted.

If you use nested loops and always leave an open end or a sense of may be there is more to this then you will leave the door open for more or new information in the future. You will also be activating the unconscious much more so it is remembered more fully and done with more precision.

As you use this method you are creating multiple realities for the listener, you are confusing the conscious with many details and hence bypassing the critical factor.

As you confuse the mind and bypass the critical factor you have the opportunity to slip in all the suggestions and emotional triggers you want. You can also prime the unconscious with your many story lines and do this quite undetected as the conscious is too busy trying to keep all the details in order it will miss the opportunity to reject everything you are saying.

This is a very powerful way to use story telling and should be practiced in the right ways so you do not use it wrongly. It requires a bit of finesse to confuse the mind this adequately and you will learn how exactly to do this as we go on. For now think about how powerful this is and how you may be able to use it in your practices in the future.


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How to Use Metaphors & Prime the Unconscious Mind in Hypnosis

By Covert Hypnotist | November 16, 2012

Conversational Hypnosis is an art form in which you need to have access to the unconscious happening within a person. Stories are a way to access this domain as stories evoke emotion and emotion is one of the key factors in activating the unconscious mind. All your emotion is stored in your unconscious and by reaching an emotion through a story you are automatically accomplishing the first two steps in the 4 Stage Protocol.

When you tell a story you are automatically getting another person’s attention, if you tell a good story you are going to be able to absorb that attention fully. Telling good stories is as easy as making it a topic the listeners can identify with on some level, and since we are all prone to similar experiences this should be an easy battle to conquer.

Once the person’s attention is absorbed in a story you have probably already bypassed the critical factor simply because it is a story and it is unarguable. People tend to not argue with another person’s experience, but they will identify with it on an unconscious level.

As they are identifying with the emotions and feelings the characters are experiencing in the story you are soliciting an unconscious response because emotion itself is an unconscious response. Now you need to learn more ways to get what you want from that unconscious response as a result of how you tell that story.

One of these ways of getting what you want from a story is to offer metaphorical resolutions with in your stories. These are often called isomorphic stories, which mean they take on the same structure or shape of something else.

In the way of using these in hypnosis the story will be taking on some similar aspects you see in your listener. You want to tell a story that mirrors indirectly the situation or problem of your client.

A great and popular example of an isomorphic story is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In this example Goldilocks is simply unsatisfied with many of the things presented to her at the home of the Three Bears. This is can be used as a mirror for a person who finds that nothing is good enough or just right no matter how many choices or how hard they try to make it so.

Isomorphic stories can be used to mirror almost any aspect of life from sex to fear. The key is to find a completely unrelated topic and use it to show the suggested answers. Someone who is unwilling to expand their sex life may need to hear a story about the many different type of food in different cultures. How all those foods can be good and at least should be tried in order to really know if they like them or not.

Another example could be if a person wanted to quit smoking. You could tell a story about how dangerous it is to be morbidly obese. This is a dangerous way to live, it affects your heart and health and the other people around you negatively. In these examples you should be able to see how two completely different subjects can be related by the themes that are involved in the suggestions.

The most important part of this type of story telling is to be sure it goes around and outside of critical thinking. The person listening must not be able to tell consciously that the story is about their specific problem or situation. This will bypass any and all resistance that would happen if the two were connected.

When you try to simply tell a person who has been smoking for years that they should consider quitting you are usually met with some type of resistance. The same often happens when you tell them a story about someone who would not quit and died from it or became seriously ill; there is still a type of resistance. This is where the unrelated part of isomorphic stories comes in handy.

When you use an isomorphic story you are able to give advice where it would normally be rejected, in this the unconscious has its own freedom to make associations and choose the experiences to attach those associations to. If you have told a good isomorphic story the correct situation will be connected to it by the unconscious and a result will eventually occur simply because it is an unconscious process.

The next way you will learn to get what you want from stories is to prime the unconscious mind. This is a lot like formatting or pre-teaching a concept to a person. In using this concept you will use stories to set an expectation for the future through suggestion and experience.

The best example of this in our daily lives is advertising. Any ad you see will set an expectation, realistic or not, in your mind about what a certain product will do for you. For example a certain type of car or truck will make you cooler with your children, or more popular with the opposite sex.

Another way advertisements do this is to give testimonials. This is when a person who has purchased the product somehow explains about their experience with the item. Maybe they were apprehensive at first but purchased the item anyway. Then how that purchase has affected them, usually the product is wonderful beyond belief and they do not know how they ever managed with out it in the first place.

This not only identifies with the new buyers reservation to spend money on an item but gives them a future expectation of the item. It will change their life incredibly and they should not be without this product for one minute longer. It also creates a bit of pressure in that if you don’t buy the product you may be offending the person with the great testimony, but this is beside the point for now.

These are great examples of how you can prime the unconscious mind. There is a sort of formatting that goes on and brings the unconscious to a conclusion that not only benefits the person at the moment but looks into the future benefits of the situation.

In this process the unconscious tends to account for many different variables that the conscious mind would not begin to grasp all at once. Sometimes what would seem like an illogical decision is made but the future effects of it are astounding because of the frame work that was laid by the priming of the unconscious.


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How to Use Hypnotic Stories to Get What You Want

By Covert Hypnotist | October 16, 2012

Stories are ancient; ever since there has been someone alive to talk about the things that have happened, will happen and will never happen there have been stories.

Stories are very powerful in Conversational Hypnosis, you have learned how to use stories to cover the 4 Stage Protocol and will continue to learn how stories can be more and more beneficial in the art of hypnosis.

By now you should be a fairly good story teller. You have had your whole life to practice as there isn’t a day that goes by when you don’t tell a story to someone. You have also had a brief period of time in your study of hypnosis to learn how to start to mold your stories so they accomplish certain tasks.

For instance you have learned to activate the conscious and unconscious thought processes specifically when you want with stories. You have also learned to use stories to evoke emotions from people, get reactions, as well as to run parallel to the problems and situations of people’s lives. All the skills you have learned are not listed here but the point is you have learned a lot and can use those skills in your hypnosis.

Now you need to learn how to perfect a story in the manner of getting exactly what you want from it and the person you are working with. With the entire story telling experience you have you should be able to easily come up with stories whenever you need them.

You should also be flexible enough in your story telling that you can shape them with specific needed themes, settings and characters. You should be able to really make the stories you tell do what ever you want. So now you have all these stories and ways to use them, you need to know how to really get what you want with them.

The first way to make a story truly hypnotic is to use it to deliver an embedded suggestion. This is one of the easiest and strongest ways to plant or embed a suggestion in a listener, deliver it by way of story. This was of course discovered by the great hypnotist Milton Erickson.

He used embedded suggestion in many types of stories; he also used them in readings of what seemed like complete and utter nonsense. The only reason they were not complete nonsense on the technical side was that there were embedded suggestions placed throughout.

So you learn that if Erickson could use embedded suggestions within complete nonsense why can’t we use them within stories, and the answer is you can and you will. In fact Milton Erickson did this as well with his famous tomato plant induction.

Dr. Erickson was asked by the family of a dying cancer patient if he would see him and try to ease the unbearable amounts of pain the man was in, he was on many drugs and there was nothing else anyone could do for the man.

This man was a florist and when Erickson went to see him he decided to talk to the man at length about the kinds of plants Erickson himself knew a bit about. Dr. Milton Erickson spent hours talking to the man about tomato plants, he talked about how they grew, and loved the rain, all the things tomato plants do. As he did this he was embedding messages of hope, ease, comfort and growth.

As the man’s family listened they were growing more and more impatient and wondered when he was going to start the hypnosis to make their ailing friend better. They eventually decided enough was enough and went into the room to give Dr. Erickson a note about getting on with the reason they came.

Upon entering the room they realized that their family member was actually so deep in trance he did not even notice they had entered the room. After the hypnosis the man’s condition improved drastically.

The moral of the story is that you like Dr. Erickson can embed ideas of any theme within the context of any story. Dr. Erickson used a theme of tomato plants because his subject took an interest in plants, and he embedded themes of hope, growth, comfort and being at ease.

He did this in a way that was not obvious to the subject and it certainly was not obvious to the man’s family either, so these themes and suggestions were well hidden with in the stories subject of tomato plants and all the need and do.

You can do this too. It is fairly simple; the theme of your story really doesn’t even have to relate to the suggestion your theme of your suggestions. It is in fact better if the two have no relationship at all because then the conscious mind will never know what was going on, it is not alerted and there for puts up no resistance.

The second way to use stories to get what you want is to install an emotional trigger in the story. This is much like taking your listener on an emotional rollercoaster ride. This idea is very powerful because people have no choice but to respond to their emotions in a powerful way.

When you take a person and put them through an emotional ringer you are activating their unconscious to get a response. This is a basic primal unconscious response. If you recall the 4 Stage Protocol you will see that once you have activated an unconscious response you are already at stage three.

You have learned how to absorb attention with a story and the story itself will often bypass the critical factor simply because it is a story. So here you sit and you have triggered an emotion which is an unconscious response, the only thing left to do is get a reaction to that response and you have completed the 4 Stage Protocol.

Setting off the emotional rollercoaster within someone can not only get you where you want to be in a hypnosis stance it will ultimately help your listener as well. By changing their emotional state you will influence the kind and quality of the decisions they make. In doing this you are in essence influencing their behaviors.

The biggest trick you want to be aware of in installing emotional triggers in stories is to be sure you are triggering the emotion you want. This is of course very important, if you want your listener to be excited tell them a story to excite them not relax them.

If you want relaxation and calm tell a story that will bring that emotion to light. This is important as these emotions are going to very strong influence in you hypnosis once they are accessed.


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Sensory Descriptions & Stories – The Key to Improving Your Hypnosis

By Covert Hypnotist | September 16, 2012

Improving your hypnosis will hopefully always be a goal of yours as you by nature should always want to be better at what you do. As you use your various inductions in Conversational Hypnosis you will get better and better at them, but there are other ways to make your inductions more hypnotically compelling as well as more interesting.

One of these techniques is to include sensory rich descriptions and stories to your inductions. Now you have already been introduced to this in the art of asking deep meaningful questions that compel you’re subject to dive further and further into the experience you are asking about.

This is similar in the way that you are asking a question to get the person thinking about a certain thing, when you do this you are actually getting them to recreate that experience within them. The same happens when you use sensory rich descriptions and stories. At some level you are requesting that they access a similar state and really get into it to access those experiences.

For instance if you ask someone about a movie they watched, at some level in the mind they re-access the altered state of mind they were in while they were watching the movie. This is an unconscious process that happens every time you are presented with a sensory rich description, asked to recall and event or told a story; it is simply just the manner in which the mind works.

Because the mind works this way you as a hypnotist can use it to your advantage in your inductions. The easiest way to do this is to simply describe some kind of scene to your subject. This can be a sensory description of anything from a vacation on the beach, meditation, a walk they took in nature or something as simple as driving their car. Any experience that for them produced a hypnotic effect and these are many.

Stories are going to be the way you carry these sensory descriptions to your listeners. By using a story you are sending them the experience with sensory descriptions, those that apply to the senses, in a form that they cannot disagree with.

If you tell a story of your relaxing vacation at the beach they cannot argue that it is not true because it is your own experience. However that description will get the unconscious mind to recall times when they felt the same way and allow access to those experiences sub-consciously.

As you tell your story you will use many sensory rich descriptions that will evoke in them the same feelings that would go along with their experiences. Those descriptions will also come into the person as suggestions as to how they should feel. Remember your goal is to create an experience through the descriptions you are giving, go give good descriptions.

As you do this you will want to continually compare what you are doing to the 4 Stage Protocol to ensure you are matching up to the protocol to induce a trance. As long as you are keeping within the context of the 4 Stage Protocol and describing a scene that your subject can relate to on a trance level, a time they experienced some sort of trance, you will have the start to altering their state of mind.

The descriptions and stories you tell need to be responsible for getting past the critical factor by putting critical thinking, conscious thinking, out of commission. If you stick to the natural unconscious process you will get their unconscious involved automatically becoming more attractive to the unconscious and less to the conscious.

Two sensory description techniques that will help you in this area are the ability to directly describe and experience and sharing your own experiences. To directly describe an experience is to simply use your sensory rich words to describe the process and feelings of going into a trance.

You can use any trance experience whether it be the way it feels in a formal induction or the way you feel when reading a good book. It doesn’t matter as long as you include feeling, seeing and hearing to bring the experience to life.

The second way to improve your inductions is to share your experiences. You can tell any story you like, and as you use your words to describe it entailing all the senses it will become a real experience for your listener.

You can also do this by using likes and dislikes, these will usually be universal likes and dislikes that you listener will be able to relate to. If you describe a scene of serenity and calm and tell how much you liked it and enjoyed it, this is something your listener will be able to envision themselves enjoying as well.

These two tips will help you to really envelope your listeners into the experience you want them to have. In doing that you are absorbing their attention and bypassing the critical factor because you have gotten their attention with a story and you have made it unarguably true because it is your story.

The unconscious response comes in that you are successfully inducing a trance and eventually you will be able to lead that trance to an action. This is a successful induction by way of learning and practicing two simple steps that you probably already use in your day to day life.


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