“A personalised induction will always be more effective”. Discuss (1954 words)
This essay will discuss the reasons why a personalised induction is on the whole more effective than using just a regular induction. The reasons for making an induction highly personal are discussed, as well as the possible pitfalls if this is done incorrectly.
Personalised inductions incorporate taking into consideration a client’s possible likes and dislike, including their hobbies and their work. It is surely advantageous to be aware of topics that are going to repel the client, as well as patterns of speech and behaviour that will help relax them and put them at ease. It is also important that the affirmations mean something to the person who will be using them. Standard affirmations such as ”each and every day, in every way, I am getting better and better” will help most people but might also repel some people. Personalised affirmations will be more specifically tailored to the problem at hand and consequently be more effective. Some approaches to personalising an affirmation are discussed in the following paragraphs.
Using standardised scripts as anything more than a template for a therapist to expand on and adapt provides a less than satisfactory treatment plan for the client, as it may not help them. Neurolingusitic programming (NLP) shows you how to understand and model your own successes, so that you can reproduce them. It was initially promoted as an effective form of therapy in the 1970’s by the creators Bander and Grinder and was also used by Milton Erickson the founder of the ‘American Society for Clinical Hypnosis’. Erickson was selected as the third model for NLP, alongside two other therapists, “Bander and Grinder sought to observe what the therapists were doing, categorize it, and 'model' it.” It is a way of discovering and unfolding your personal genius, a way of bringing out the best in yourself and others. In accordance with NLP, people see the world and react to it very differently. For example, some of us are visual, some auditory and the rest kinaesthetic. In order to create an effective treatment plan in hypnosis the therapist must create an induction script for their client. If a visual child is taught at school with visual techniques they are more likely to be academically successful than a visual child who is taught with auditory techniques. This holds true in hypnosis however, a therapist must also take other factors into consideration when developing a suitable treatment plan and language, such as would the client respond well to permissive techniques or are they more suited to the authoritarian technique? Although, this is not a popular method any longer it may still have a place in hypnotherapy with the right person. It is also essential that a therapist is aware of any other aspects to the client which could be an issue if not noted before a session. For example, allergies, illnesses and phobias could both dictate how a therapist treats their client. If undetected before the treatment, it may cause unnecessary distress to the client and break the client therapist trust. If a client has an aversion to water, then water imagery should be avoided. If, however a client likes water, then water imagery can be incorporated to help the client feel more relaxed. Therefore, a personalised script is always going to be the safest and most helpful way to treat a client. A therapist must find out this information before the trance, this is to not only to avoid unnecessary stress to the subject but also to avoid interruption of the hypnotic process. For example, if someone suffered from hay fever you would not want to use imagery relating to being in the garden on a hot summers day, as this might trigger a physical response. Likewise if someone was afraid of water you would not want to use imagery relating to the sea or water in any context. “In the course of a research programme,...
References: Hypnotherapy A Practical Handbook, Hellmut Karle and Jennifer Boys, p27.
Hypnotherapy A Practical Handbook, Hellmut Karle and Jennifer Boys, p74-75
Hypnosis for Change, 3rd Edition, Josie Hadley and Carol Staudacher, p81
Druckman et al. (1988) Enhancing Human Performance: Issues, Theories, and Techniques see page p.138
Milton Erickson- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_H._Erickson
Hypnotherapy A Handbook edited by Michael Heap and Windy Dryden.
Bander and Grinder- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3ANeuro-linguistic_programming/_archive1
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