Everyone Is Suggestible

Understanding Suggestibility

Albert Einstein famously said, “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” It could be said that understanding the way that we alter our thinking is the only way for humans to create a new and better world. Any type of change occurs because humans are suggestible creatures. Hypnosis is the science of suggestibility. The better one understands this science, the more readily he or she will have the power to create positive behavioral change. Suggestions may be received in a great variety of ways and in overlapping combinations.

Verbal and Non-Verbal Suggestions

Suggestions may come to us in the form of the spoken word, and that message may be delivered either directly as in “Your eyes will close”, or indirectly as when we say, “In a moment you may begin to feel your eyes closing, as your eyelids become heavier and heavier”. Suggestions may also be sent through non-verbal means such as yawning, rolling your eyes, smiling, etc.

Inferred Suggestions

“I wouldn’t do that if I were you”, is an inferred verbal suggestion, while rising quickly and clenching your fist is an inferred non-verbal suggestion. These spoken and non-spoken promptings may be used together to provide clarity and to strengthen the inferred suggestion.

Prestige Suggestion

An example of a verbal prestige suggestion is when a doctor says, “Take two of these a day, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids”. It is a direct, verbal, prestige suggestion. It means more because it comes from a doctor. The flashing lights of a police car are a non-verbal, inferred, prestige suggestion.

Emotional Appeals

“I love you”, is a direct, verbal, emotional response. Crying is a non-verbal, inferred, emotional suggestion. If you combine these two suggestions, you will have used 6 different types of suggestions.

Social Dictates

Wearing a jacket and a tie in certain restaurants is a social dictate. It doesn’t have to be stated, shown, spoken directly, inferred, emotional or coming from a person of prestige to be clearly received, and yet each if not all of these types of suggestions can be used in combination with social dictates.

As you can see, there are an infinite variety of ways for a person to receive suggestions. Suggestions can be relaxing or produce anxiety, some are very powerful while others lack the ability to alter one’s behaviour. Greg Thompson at Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast has been trained to know when and how to send suggestions in the right combinations to fit the client in his or her current situation to better support their behavioural change goals.

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