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Hypnotic patterns

And even as you are sitting there, reading this, and thinking those thoughts that you are thinking, you are doing the same things that you did when first you went to school.

You are learning new things and that's a good thing. Things which will be useful in many ways in the days and weeks ahead. And you don't even know how you learned those things, the numbers and counting, and the letters of the alphabet. And those learnings, so long ago now, stayed with you, deep in your unconscious, so that you can master many more complex things without even thinking about it.

Let's examine now in some detail and name some of the hypnotic language patterns found in the Milton Model.

Mind Read

A mind read is simply claiming to know the thoughts or feelings of another person without specifying the process by which you came by the information.

As you just sit back.... and as you're thinking.... I know that you're wondering

In the above example, I know that you're wondering is a mind read, because that claim is insubstantiated in that we don't specify how we know that the other person is wondering.

Lost Performative

A lost performative is a value judgement where the performer of the value judgement is left out.

You're wondering about certain things.... and that's a good thing.... because it is a good thing to wonder

This statement makes the claim that the act of wondering is a good thing. The question according to who? cannot be answered because the person or thing making the statement (the performer) is not mentioned anywhere in the statement. Hence we are left to wonder who thinks it's a good thing (and maybe even why it's a good thing and so on....).

Cause and Effect

A cause and effect statement claims that one thing necessarily causes another:-

...sitting there, listening to the sound of my voice, will make you relax more and more...

This statement could also be written:-

...if you sit there and listen to the sound of my voice you will relax more and more...

Cause and effect statements often take the form of an If... Then... as in if you study these materials, then you'll produce the results that you want.

And even though the cause and effect statement isn't necessarily true, it is likely to be accepted by the person we are communicating with as long as it is plausible.

Implied Causative

The linkage between the elements in a cause and effect statement is strong, sharply defined and as plain as the nose of your face - if condition X is true then outcome Y will be true.

Cause and effect statements are best suited to deep trance where the likelihood of resistance is less.

In light trance the implied causative may be more useful:-

And those insights and understandings will allow you to begin to.... change things in your life

In this form the link between the cause (insights and understandings) and the effect (life changes) is less pronounced and so less open to resistance.

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