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How To Write Hypnosis Scripts

Nov 5, 2007
Hypnotherapy and NLP are therapies that come hand in hand in many ways. One of the main chunks in an NLP training is about language, and this includes the Milton model and the Meta model. The Milton model is used to induct trance experience and the Meta model is used to create the reverse effect, to create greater specificity and an "out of trance" experience. These are both components of a traditional NLP training programme and are also key components in hypnotherapy. In addition, NLP covers many different types of language techniques and patterns which can assist you, when you decide to create a hypnosis script.

There are many different patterns that can be used to create a very good hypnotherapy induction script. Here are some examples of what these are:

Double Binds:

"You will go into a trance now, or in a few moments, Either way you are relaxing."

This patterns gives the illusion of choice, however which ever choice the client makes, they will still end up going into a hypnotic trance.

Cause and Effect:

"If you listen to my voice, then you will go into a trance, because you are wanting to learn many new things."

This pattern implies that one thing causes another, even though logically there may be no link between the cause of one thing on another. If the client accepts the plausibility of one thing being linked to another, then they will be.

Intonation Patterns:

"As you begin to relax more, you'll find that changing is much easier than you had ever imagined."

This pattern is used to express emphasis on particular words within a sentence to give an embedded command. So in the sentence above, the following words could be accentuated "relax more" "changing is much easier."

Mind reading:

"You know that I'm wanting you to relax more, and I know that you truly can..."

This pattern is when the therapist claims within the hypnosis script, that they know the thoughts or feelings of the client, without explaining the process by which they came to know.

Not knowing, not doing:

"You don't have to listen to me, you don't even have to try to go into a trance, you can just know that everything is happening just as it should be, in exactly the way you want it to."

This pattern uses negation to direct the client towards whatever it is that you want them to do. This displaces resistance and works very well with embedded commands.


"You can feel on top of the world..."

Metaphors are symbols to explain in a short and simple way something that has a greater or deeper meaning. The above metaphor is simply a sentence to explain being happy, feeling good and being in control. However a transformational metaphor could be a whole story which is used to symbolize how the client can overcome their problem. Transformational metaphors and nested loops are explained in more detail in "How to create excellent hypnosis scripts" an E-book designed to assist you in writing hypnosis scripts for hypnotherapy purposes.

Sensory Predicates:

"Allow that feeling of relaxation wash over you ...as your eyes begin to gently close ...so that you see the backs of your dark lids and you listen only to the sound of my voice."

These are words that relate to the senses that are included in the sentence that you structure in your hypnotic script. During hypnosis the senses are heightened and the use of these words can encourage your client to become more engage in the experience of the trance.
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