If they turned out doctors the way they turned out hypnotists, people would die like flies.

Most hypnotists don’t know that they don’t know.

It goes back to a classic debate on the style of hypnosis.

There is the direct authoritarian style hypnosis. “You will go deeply into a trance.”

Or there is the Ericksonian permissive style, “I’m curious if you are comfortable enough to allow your eyes to close.”

Well, which gets better results?

At best, 20% of the population responds to direct suggestion. That means if you use direct hypnosis, 80% of the population is going to show no results – other than getting annoyed.

The Ericksonian permissive style allows you – as Erickson said – to do something new with every patient you meet.

My teacher Dave Dobson used to say when you are doing hypnosis, there is an amazing feedback device in front of you. It’s called a client.

Yet most people who do direct hypnosis don’t pay any attention to the client.

What do they pay attention to? Their script!

When I opening my hypnosis office, I interviewed a lot of hypnotists. My interview was to put them in the room with a volunteer client and watch them on closed-circuit camera.

One lady came into the room, found out the client wanted to lose weight, didn’t bother to ask any questions, went out of the room to her car to get her script, and read it to the patient.

When I asked, why didn’t you look at the patient she answered, “I didn’t need to. I had the script in front of me.”

Other people play the deeper deeper game.

In this game, they are concerned about how deep the patient goes.

Depth of trance has nothing to do with the EFFECTIVENESS of trance.

In an Erickson video featuring “Monde” Erickson has her age-regreess with her eyes wide open. She also demonstrates positive hallucinations.

Good hypnosis has nothing to do with “deeper deeper.” It has to do with matching the suggestion to the client.

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