A personalised induction will always be more effective
A personalised induction is the hypnotic induction that is tailored to suit individual people. It can be quite easy to fall into the trap of thinking that one screed will suit all however, it must be understood that everybody is different and when trying to induct them into a hypnotic state it means that the screed can be personalised to specific people. Clients can come in all ‘shapes and sizes’ and it is the job of the therapist to identify certain traits about them that they can help the construction of a personalised screed, people have different cultural backgrounds, different likes and dislikes, values, outlooks and perspectives. All these factors can give little clues to the therapist along with witnessing body language the way the person speaks and how they describe objects in their past. But to decide on whether a personalised induction is always going to be more effective will require a much more in depth view into exactly how a screed can be personalised whilst also answer the question of whether or not it will always be effective.
To be able to personalise a screed it is very important to understand the person who it is to be aimed at and one of the most imperative things for the therapist is identifying what type of learner they are. More commonly in hypnotherapy this is known as identifying the modality of the brain modalities have also been described as, ‘the language of the minds.’ Adapting the induction to suit the certain type of person, there are three main modalities that can be identified; kinaesthetic (feeling), visual (sight) and auditory (hearing). One of the most basic and indirect ways for the therapist to find which modality best suits the person I simply just to listen to the way they talk and the way they describe things. Even a simple thing such as asking the client how they usually tend to learn things could come up with the answers or if that fails then there are many questionnaires that can be discussed in an informal manner so that the therapist will be able to understand the persons learning style. Understanding this means that the therapist can personalise the induction to suit the clients method of learning so the way in which they speak and describe objects will allow the person to find it easier to feel comfortable and could perhaps help them slip into a state of hypnosis quicker. An example of this personalised script would be by using the descriptive terms used in a screed such as, ‘feel the weight lift off your shoulders’ which would be a good example to use for a kinaesthetic learner. ‘Notice the colours’ for a visual learner and ‘listen to the sound of my voice’ for an auditory learner. The use of modalities is only one way of personalising a screed. Arguably one of the best ways in which to achieve the most effective hypnotic state is to employ all of the senses into the PMR; this is what is known as compounding where the screed uses all of the modalities in one screed. When personalising any screed it is essential for the therapist to build up a good rapport with the client and try and get as much information out of them as possible such as their fears or favourite colours even things such as pets can give off a big clue to a trained mind as to what type of person the client is and this is all critical to personalising a screed. If the therapist hadn’t identified the client’s fears they may not have discovered that one of their greatest fears is of water and if when they take them to the special place and suggest that they see the water or sit in a pool then it could totally terrify the person and ruin the whole process.
Another key area to look at when personalising screeds is looking into what kind of approach to take with the client whether they prefer to be told what to do and are happy taking instruction or they are better suited to suggestions and therefore be approached in a softer way. This is...
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