NLP and Hypnosis

by admin on January 30, 2012

Hypnosis is an essential skill set for a practitioner of NLP to have in order to facilitate effective and lasting change in their clients.

About NLP
NLP studies patterns of mind, language, and strategies (or programs) used by successful people. By focusing on what successful people do, a practitioner can learn how to model those thoughts, words, and actions for a client. It is an extremely effective methodology for self development and personal growth.

The study of NLP can also be applied to other areas of life, such as relationships, effective communication, mental performance, and even athletic/physical activities. However, the practical application that surprises people the most is in the world of business. Using NLP techniques and strategies, a person can become more motivated, boost sales, and dramatically improve work performance.

About Hypnosis
When most people think of hypnosis they think of someone on a stage who hypnotizes audience volunteers to get them to do silly or embarrassing things. The truth about hypnosis is that it is a powerful tool for helping a practitioner deal with many life issues.

During hypnosis, a practitioner can lead a client into an altered state of consciousness that most people describe as like being in a dream. It is a state of very deep relaxation that occurs after a hypnotist guides someone through the process of getting there.

The purpose of hypnosis is to use the subconscious mind to avoid the negative or limiting beliefs that can be carried around in the conscious mind. It uses the power of the mind to influence a behavior and attitudes, all without much apparent effort.

Using Other NLP Techniques and Hypnosis
Using other NLP techniques and hypnosis – can produce dramatic results for many people.

By learning the insights, skills and techniques of NLP and using them in conjunction with the influence of hypnosis, a practitioner can approach issues and concerns from different directions. This allows him or her to work through that issue more rapidly and more effectively.

The NLP skill set uses Ericksonian hypnosis. It differs from traditional hypnosis in the way suggestions are made and implanted in the participant’s subconscious mind. Ericksonian hypnotists use subtle, indirect suggestions rather than direct commands so that the client is much more likely to act on them. Those indirect suggestions are then accessed readily during NLP activities and behaviors.

Are NLP and Hypnosis The Same?
No, they are not. Hypnosis is a skill set within the NLP model. NLP looks at how someone views themself and thier experiences and then use that subjective information throughout a thier life. Instead of just following old patterns, a person can cut through what is not working and make a conscious choice to embrace what does work.

Hypnosis is a very deep state of relaxation that focuses internally on the subconscious mind. It allows a person to step away from the rest of the world and let go of preconceived notions, tapping into the internal resources and abilities that a person actually has, but may not have access to.

Summary
Hypnosis is an effective technique within the NLP skill set for dealing with things such as fear, emotional issues, mental health issues, and personal development. Skilled practitioners use hypnosis as an integral part of work with clients to achieve the results they are looking for.