“a Personalised Induction Will Always Be More Effective.” Discuss. Base Your Answer on Theoretical Concepts and Techniques Presented in Class.

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“A personalised induction will always be more effective.” Discuss. Base your answer on theoretical concepts and techniques presented in class.

All humans are unique and individual. We all have different likes and dislikes, phobias, hobbies, religions, cultures, we have all been raised differently and taught different values and beliefs etc so why not personalise the induction to fit the individual?

There are many arguments for and against, which I will go into more depth with throughout the essay.

‘When we use hypnosis with a client we are working with the subconscious mind so in order to achieve the best chance of success we need to do our utmost to assist our client to realise the most beneficial state possible.’ (chrysalis handout, Hypnotherapy and counselling skills, 2011)

In the early 1970’s, John Grinder and Richard Bandler were the founders of Nero Linguistic Programming (NLP). ‘NLP is an approach to communication, personal development and psychotherapy. The title refers to a stated connection between the neurological processes (neuro), language (linguistic) and behavioural patterns that have been learned through experience (programming) and can be organised to achieve specific goals in life.’ (Wikipedia, 2011). With NLP, people see the world and react to it very differently.

As we all are aware, there are five main senses which we have and use on a daily basis. They are smell, sight, hearing, taste and feeling/touch. Our brain receives and processes information differently using our senses. Grinder and Bandler, knew that we all used our senses outwardly but the same senses were used inwardly. These were called “representation systems” or “modalities“. All of us have a preference to which sense we use more. People may have more than one preference but there is usually one that is used more than another. Some people are happier with listening to someone talking whereas others prefer to have more of a hands on approach and others like to read things. There are three main modalities which people fit into which I will go into more depth with later. They are Visual, Kinaesthetic and Auditory.

We all communicate with people on a daily basis. 55% of our communication with people is through body language, 38% of it is done through our volume and tone and only 7% is only actually done through our words in which we use.

When we do an induction you will be working mainly with clients that have their eyes closed so straight away you have lost 55% of the communication, as the client will not be able to see the body language of the therapist. Our tone and volume wont be used excessively as we try and use a monotone approach and only put emphasis on certain words. So again we are losing another 38% of our communication this is why it is so important to utilise the 7% that we have with ours words in which we use. This is where the modalities will come in.

When we do an induction we can find out what the client’s favourite modality is and use this to our advantage by emphasising on that specific one and hopefully in turn help the client quicker.

As I mentioned before there are three main modalities. These are Kinaesthetic (feeling), Visual (sight) and Auditory (hearing). There are also another three but they are less common in people, these being Olfactory (smell), Gustatory (taste) and Auditory Digital (internal dialogue). People that are Auditory Digital think in language and symbols.

There are ways in which we can pick up on which modality people favour more although some people can have more than one they favour but one will usually be stronger than the other. These can be pick up by the language used, the voice tone and breathing, posture and gesture and also lateral eye movements (LEM). These are not 100% reliable but can be used as an aid to see the clients preferred modality.

Firstly I will talk about Kinaesthetic. This is to do with our feelings,...
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