You often hear the phrase NLP hypnosis spoken as if it is one thing. But is that true and if not, then what are the differences?
NLP (neuro linguistic programming) was founded by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s. NLP can be described as a structured method you can use everyday to achieve your aims and your goals. Practitioners of neuro linguistic programming are able to use various techniques in order to tackle issues such as phobias, depression, habit disorders, learning disorders and much more.
The link between NLP and hypnosis can be traced to Dr Milton Erickson who was an important influence on neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), which was in part based upon his working methods. Milton Erickson was one of three extraordinary therapists along with Fritz Perls and Virginia Satir modeled by NLP co-founders Richard Bandler and John Grinder as part of the foundation of NLP.
Dr Milton Erickson was both a psychiatrist and psychologist. He was the founding president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists.
Is NLP Hypnosis?
by Chris Harrison
I have met NLP practitioners who are scared of hypnosis and give it a very wide birth, even though both of NLP’s founders use hypnosis constantly.
I have also met NLP practitioners who do not believe they use hypnosis, but if I watch them for five minutes, it becomes clear that they obviously use NLP and Hypnosis together.
So is NLP the same as hypnosis?
It’s the same with NLP training. Some trainers teach hypnosis covertly, and some don’t. In fact, I believe that all NLP practitioners use NLP and hypnosis whether they realize it or not. The reason they don’t realize is the same as the reason that some people believe they can never be hypnotized – they simply have an unrealistic view of what hypnosis actually is. Hypnosis simply refers to an “out of the ordinary” state of mind.
Generally hypnotic states involve some kind of inward attention, and most hypnotists will want their subjects to be in the most susceptible state possible.
That state could be eyes shut and tranced out, or it could be an incredibly focused eyes open state.
People usually imagine hypnosis as simply being someone relaxed in a chair with their eyes shut, and most people who are absolutely sure they cannot be hypnotized believe it is a state where the hypnotist absolutely controls the subject.
Is that an interesting paradox?
The more controlling someone believes hypnosis is, the more likely they are to believe they will not succumb to the hypnotist.
This is complete rubbish, hypnosis is a much more familiar and subtle state.
We’ve all drifted off waiting for a train or standing in a queue.
We have these mini hypnotic breaks throughout the day, so technically we are all “in hypnosis” every day, though some of us spend more time there than others!.
So is NLP hypnosis?
A practitioner may use a lot of hypnotic techniques to enhance their work, either covertly or overtly.
Any form of communication causes the ‘listener’ to send their attention inwards momentarily to decipher the message, which really means that all communication is hypnosis.
Considering that communication is hypnosis then, as all NLP techniques between two people involve communication, so is NLP.
Note: Anyone familiar with E-Prime is probably having kittens by now. Obviously NLP isn’t Hypnosis in the same way that cheese isn’t cheddar.
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