How To Hypnotize: A Classic Induction

How To Hypnotize

This induction is based on the Elman Induction. To begin with the subject should be sitting in a comfortable chair with you sitting close by.

1. Deep breath and closing the eyes

Say ‘Sit back and relax. Take a deep breath and then just let it go, that’s right….

now take another breath and feel your eyes closing, shutting tighter and tighter, your eyelids so relaxed, so tired, so heavy, that you can’t open them.

….Your eyes are now so relaxed you know they will not open. Even and when you try to open them you can’t. Try to open them now’ (the subjects eyes remain closed).

2. Relaxing the body

‘Take that same quality of relaxation, and allow it to spread from the top of your head right down to the tips of your toes like a wave of relaxation….

…let go and relax every muscle in your body…. that’s right’.

3. Fractionation (to deepen the trance)

‘In a moment I’m going to ask you to open your eyes and when I do I want you to open them.

….When you open your eyes my hand will be there. I will move my hand down and when I do I want you to close your eyes again. As you do I want you to double your relaxation’

Get the subject to open and close their eyes 3 times.

4. Hand drop test (dropping hand to test for loss of muscle tension)

‘In a moment, I’m going to pick up your left arm by the wrist….

….when I do your arm will be loose and limp like a wet dish cloth.

In a moment I am going to release your arm and as it drops down you will go even deeper into trance…. That’s right…. allow yourself to go deeper down now…. ‘

4. “Losing the numbers” (deepener for mental relaxation)

‘In a moment, I’ll ask you to begin slowly counting out loud backwards, from 100. Within just a few numbers, the rest of them will just disappear. As you say each number and feel yourself go deeper and deeper….

So starting now… I will count with you to start with 100, 99, 98….

and as you count those numbers will relax you more and more…..

And when you have relaxed those numbers right out of your mind…. you can stop counting….. as you drift further from your mind, lost, one, good.’

Ask ‘Are the numbers gone now?’ Make sure you get a response. The subject is now in trance with their body and mind fully relaxed.

5. Awaken

To conclude the trance simply say ‘As I count to 3 you will open your eyes, 1….2…..3 …… wake up’

NLP Eye Patterns

NLP eye patterns are a useful thing to know for mentalists.

A lot of the theories of NLP have been debunked by scientists however, eye patterns are one part of NLP which has stood up to scientific analysis.

When a person is accessing information from their brain, their eyes look in different directions as they access different types of information.

For a person who is ‘normally’ oriented there are 6 directions the person will look in. This gives the observer information about the type of information the person is accessing, whether that be visual, auditory, kinesthetic or self-talk.

From Your View Point

NLP Eye Patterns
  • VC – Up and left, Visual Constructed. Person constructing a visual image.
  • VR – Up and right, Visual Remembered. Person remembering something visual.
  • AC – Sideways and left, Auditory Constructed. Person constructing a sound.
  • AR – Sideways and right, Auditory Remembered. Person remembering a sound.
  • K – Down and left, Kinesthetic. Person accessing feelings
  • AD – Down and right, Auditory Digital. Self talk

Eye patterns are useful to know. For one thing they can help you deduce if someone is telling the truth.

To do this first establish a baseline by asking a few questions (because not everyone is normally oriented). For example ask ‘what colour is your front door?’ for a visual remembered response, ‘what’s your favourite song?’ for an auditory remembered response, ‘imagine a pink elephant’ for visual constructed response.

Pay attention to where the eyes go as the person responds, some people’s eye movements are more pronounced than others.

Once you have a baseline you can tell if someone is remembering something or ‘constructing’ something on subsequent questions. This can help in lie detection.

Eye patterns aren’t always clear cut for more complicated questions. For example, to answer a question a person may access different parts of the brain involving images, sounds and feelings before they respond.

NLP experts claim to be able to view such sequences and make meaningful conclusions about them. They use the information for therapeutic work.