“The real vehicle for change is the induction which produces, or causes, an hypnotic state.” (Hadley and Staudacher, page 23, 2001) The role of the induction is a vital one, its purpose being to achieve mental focus and absorption that makes therapeutic suggestion more effective. It is essential therefore that such an intrinsic component of hypnosis is undertaken in the most optimum way. In order to fully explore the essay title, it is necessary to consider the make-up, function and application of personalised and generic inductions, their advantages and disadvantages. The scope for the hypnotherapist which personalised inductions provide is vast, with techniques, observations and methods available to enhance its application. It is stated by Karle and Boys (page 8, 1987) that “Truly professional practice is characterized by the creation of a unique and original approach to each new patient, even though this will always be based upon and informed by validated theoretical models and principles.” There are many reasons for personalising inductions and each is essentially encompassing human beings’ individuality at its core. Our uniqueness means that each client will be coming from a different background, education, belief-system, with specific life experiences, views and thoughts. The hypnotherapist becomes aware of likes and dislikes and any blocks a client may have with certain imagery such as a phobia of lifts which if used as part of the induction could prove to have a negative impact. There may for example be two clients with presenting issues of insomnia; both of whom detail difficulty or inability to fall asleep. While they may initially display the same problem, there will be different life triggers and physiological and/or psychological reasons for them. One client may be suffering from a core issue of bereavement while the other suffers from stress and anxiety. Tailoring the induction to the specific needs of the client is therefore essential. Personalisation can reduce inappropriate wording especially for clients from specific religious or cultural backgrounds and also enable the hypnotherapist to become aware of particular patterns of speech, language or nuances used by the client which can be utilised to provide an effective induction. Importantly, it also enables the client to feel heard, for some, perhaps for the first time in their lives. They feel that the hypnotherapist is interested in them for who they are rather than merely as a means of financial gain. In essence, personalising inductions is an efficient and effective means of directing the content, tone, imagery and language of the induction to the core aspects which are likely to produce a deep trance. The process of personalisation incorporates techniques which are used to determine and then implement the optimum tailor-made induction for each client; the aim being to facilitate paramount hypnotic success. “If a hypnotist insists on using just a single technique, he will sometimes fail, because not everyone is susceptible to the same technique. He has to be flexible.” (Waterfield, page 28, 2004) The two principle aspects which enable the inductions to become personalised are the modalities and the induction style used. In hypnotherapy the modalities represent the types of physiological sensations humans employ to interpret and experience the world around them; namely kinesthetic, visual and auditory and to a lesser extent, olfactory and gustatory. As humans we tend to think in terms of feelings, images and sounds. While there is a level of overlap between the modalities, many people have a dominant preference for one specific modality. By being aware of the client’s primary modality and the corresponding vocabulary, it enhances the personalisation of the induction because the hypnotherapist is acknowledging and utilising the client’s primary method of how they think about the world in terms of the...
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