Hypnotic Persuasion So what is Hypnotic Persuasion?
To answer this question we must first look at the definitions of both "hypnotic" and persuasion.
Anything that is hypnotic is said to redirect a person's attention. If something is hypnotic it will draw a person's attention and hold. As "hypnotic" comes from the word "hypnosis" we can assume that anything that is hypnotic will induce the same effects as the trance state that is induced through hypnosis.
When people are hypnotized into a trance state they are highly susceptible to the suggestions and commands of the hypnotist!
Persuasion is convincing someone to perform an act or getting them to accept a statement or belief, which you offer them, as being fact. The act of persuading is really about convincing someone to see and do things the way you want them to!
Therefore, the term "hypnotic persuasion" simply means to convince someone of something through the use of hypnosis.
Hypnotic persuasion can be used during trance sequences like those used in hypnotherapy or self hypnosis. However, the use of hypnotic persuasion that we are interested in is used in covert hypnosis - the use of hypnotic persuasion without the subject knowing that you are doing it!
To use covert hypnosis to persuade someone to do what you want them to do or get them to believe something you want them to believe is a skill that anyone can learn.
There are very intricate and clever ways to use hypnotic persuasion in covert hypnosis. The most powerful application of this skill is used in conversational hypnosis.
However, there are other ways to use it that are fairly easy to use from the outset.
3 Hypnotic Persuasion Principles1. Mirroring
When you mimic another person's behaviours, or their unique use of language and metaphors, you immediately build up an unconscious rapport with them.
For example, if a person folds their arms or crosses their legs and you do the same a few seconds later (subtly) you will quickly build an unconscious rapport with them as they subconscious identify you as a similar person.
The same is true when you use the same words to describe things as they are using or use similar metaphors.
2. Evoke Commitment
Using clever questioning and getting a person to commit to their interaction with you builds rapport. When a person commits to another person, through any means, the more commitment they give the more they want back from the interaction.
When you build rapport with someone they naturally want to agree with you and do what you want them to do.
3. Social Proof
Social proof is when other people, the immediate environment or society tends to confirm something. For example, men are taller than women can easily been seen to be true, in most cases, by simply looking around you at other people.
If you approach a group of people and tell them that you can only stay long because you have to go and there is a bus filled with your friends calling you then you have social proof that you are telling the truth and that you really only can stay awhile. However, you also offer unconscious social proof that you are "popular" and have friends who want to spend time with you!
The thing about social proof is that it is easy to create without much "real" or tangible evidence for it. By telling a story about a group of friends waiting for you in a bus when you were trying to interact with a group of people offers the same amount of social proof to someone who has actually witnessed it - as long as they believe you!
When you use these principles in conjunction with a conversational hypnosis techniques, which reinforce what you are saying and make the other person immediately believe and trust you, you can convince anyone of just about anything!
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