Persistence Tactics in Hypnosis: Laws of Successive Approximations & Compounding Effect
There are many different tactics you will learn to use in your conversational hypnosis. Persistence Tactics are some of the tools you will begin to combine with many other various skills and tools that will begin to draw all your learning together to create a cohesive whole to hypnosis.
When you learn to combine the four Persistence Tactics with other tactics, signal recognition, the foundations of hypnotic language and rapport skill you will be building the foundation for conversational hypnosis.
There are four Persistence Tactics; we have covered the first two tactics which are the Hypnotic Triple and Seeding Ideas. These both have to with repetition and are very powerful ways to slip ideas, thoughts and suggestions into the minds of your listeners.
The Hypnotic Triple is the art of stacking up the same word or idea to place a suggestion. If you want someone to buy something you would relentlessly use the idea of buying, say the word buy and continue to triple up the effect of that one word. The Hypnotic Triple is a great repetitive use of language that will steer your listener to your suggestion.
The second Persistence Tactic we have covered is Seeding Ideas. In this tactic you will place thoughts in the minds of your listeners through casual conversation. Each time you plant an idea you will continue to revisit it and help it to flourish to what will eventually be a full suggestion. This is a technique that will gently coax your subject into feeling comfortable with what may begin as an overwhelming suggestion.
The final two Persistence Tactics are the Laws of Successive Approximations and the Compounding Effect. These will continue to help you build persistent skills into your conversational hypnosis.
In the Law of Successive Approximations is used when you want to present a large concept or idea to someone who may seem overwhelming. It is similar in its purpose to the idea of seeding, just a different way to confront the issue of a large change.
The Law of Successive Approximation offers you the idea of breaking the big idea down into smaller pieces that will eventually equal a large result. Breaking down the information down makes it easier to swallow, an easier transition.
A good example of when to use the Law of Successive Approximation is if you wanted to induce a hallucination. This is a very big step for someone to take when they know logically that the hallucination, whatever it may be, is not really in front of them. By using the Law of Successive Approximation you will be giving them little pieces of the hallucination to picture one at a time.
As you build the different aspects of the hallucination; the smell of it, feel of it, the way it sounds. As you give the listener all these suggestions it will start to become real for them and when it is time to really induce the hallucination they will be more prepared to actually take a larger step and see what it is you have given them bit by bit.
There is a possibility in this process that you may lose your listener; if this happens and it will eventually you only need to backtrack as far as the last point of agreement. In this situation you would then create a new ‘yes set’ and build on that thought and behavior until the person is ready to move on to the next step.
This is very easy as you can create a constant pattern. This pattern would consist of taking a small step, step, lose listener, and go back to agreement, ‘yes set’ then move on to the next step. This is an easy pattern to follow as it will create a constant loop for you to travel on. The key is to be sure the listener is following your lead before moving on from the ‘yes set’.
The final Persistence Tactic is the Law of Compounding Effect; this is also very similar to the ‘yes set’. Each time you have your listener put a specific suggestion into action they will in turn become more suggestible. This compares to the ‘yes set’ in that each time your subject says yes to one thing they are more likely to say yes to the next statement. You are building a habit of agreement.
In the Law of Compounding Effect you continue to piggy back suggestions and the person continues to carry out those suggestions as they become more suggestible with each one. The more they carry on in this manner the more resistance is broken down and the more likely it is they will continue responding to your suggestions.
Over time the Law of Compounding Effect and the suggestions made with it will become a natural way to react to the ideas you place before your listener. This is another very powerful tactic in conversational hypnosis and one you will have the ability to use often as it accomplishes two things at once. It not only allows your suggestions to be carried out in thoughts and behaviors it also diminishes resistance.
These two Persistence Tactics when combined with the other persistence tactics and concepts we have learned will start to bring your knowledge together to create a smooth flow of suggesting behaviors and seeing those behaviors come to life in your subjects.
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