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Conversational Postulate in Hypnosis

At this months NLP & Hypnosis Practice Group, The Trance Cafe the topic of exploration was the Milton Model. Specifically the use and understanding of the Conversational Postulate.

First we inquired into the meanings of the terms. Postulate means a assumption of some reality. But a Conversational Postulate is basically a question form where irrespective of the verbal answer will tend to invoke some kind of action in reality; be this a physical one and/or operating withing cognitive capacity.

Conversational Postulate Hypnosis Newcastle

The verbal answer is most commonly a YES/NO or less commonly I DON’T KNOW or MAYBE. The importance is what happens in actuality, an action or thought that is the subtle or indirect response that is usually inferred by the recipient of the Conversational Postulate question.

For instance:

  • Could you tell me the way to the station?
  • Won’t you sit down?
  • Might it be a good idea to talk about it?
  • Can I ask you to stand up please?
  • Will you show me that again?
  • Is there any more toilet paper?
  • Should you wait before ordering that book?

The basic form will take a MODAL OPERATOR such as Could, Can, Will, Might followed by a personal or group referential index such as YOU or YOUSE’ALL and then a request ( question ) which can be acted upon either physically or psychologically.

So a basic set up for an induction into trance could be:

Could you sit down please? … And can you take two or three deep breaths? … And might you relax your shoulders a little more? … And will you close your eyes momentarily or in just a little while?

So we now have the structure of :

[ C.P. ] [ Suggestion ]

eg [ Could you ] [ Sit Down ]

Following on from this we can use what I call a Conversational Softener or just a Softener that is spoken before the Conversation Postulate [ C.P. ]. For instance:

I wonder … Could you Sit Down? or OK Robert, Could you Sit Down?

Where a Softener is of the form : I wonder, OK Robert,  I’m wondering, Now etc.

If you are ready … Could you sit down please? … And Robert … can you take two or three deep breaths? … And now … might you relax your shoulders a little more? … And I’m wondering will you close your eyes momentarily or in just a little while?

[ Softener ] [ C.P. ] [ Suggestion ]

One of the most useful ( and indeed a social nicety ) words is please. There is one video I saw online of Erickson working with a client who would not at first close their eyes. Erickson used the work ‘please’ several times to affect this. Usually clients are not resistful or not wanting to co-operate so the use of ‘please’ has several uses.

The word ‘please’ in this developing structure can be used in a variety of places. It was found during the practice group that excessive use of ‘please’ felt somewhat unnatural. I leave you to explore this in your own ways. ‘Please’ will fit in any one ( or more ) of the structure sequence marker shown after the ‘Please’ modified ‘induction’ below.

If you are ready … Please could you sit down ? … And Robert … can you Please take two or three deep breaths? … And now … might you relax your shoulders a little more Please? … And I’m wondering will you Please close your eyes momentarily or in just a little while?

[ Softener ] [ -Please- ] [ C.P. ] [ -Please- ] [ Suggestion ] [ -Please- ]

You may have noticed that the last structure phrase in this basic induction is a double bind. The Conversation Postulate may be actualised immediately, or momentarily or in a little while as per the verbal question. So extending the ‘Suggestion’ part of the mini-structure, yes that can be a double ( or single bind ) bind.

[ Softener ] [ C.P. ] [ Please ] [ Suggestion ( Bind Form) ]

Now, as with all structures ( or process ) I wonder, can you thoroughly learn this with plenty of effortful practice or enhanced repetition and then please consciously forget them?

Negation and Negative Effect Postulates

I will leave this post with a little taster of what followed on from this exploration at the practice group; as in putting into a alternative mode of practice within the presented structure.

Assuming your practice partner is sitting down and their name is Mary.

Ok Mary … I see that you are not standing up … Please … I don’t know … can’t you stand up? … and go deeper into trance?

Or assuming Mary has her eyes open.

Mary … I notice your eyes are open … I don’t know … can you not close your eyes? … while you develop more of an altered state?

Clueless about English language and scraping grade ‘c’ made it more easy to become a hypnotic language expert.

Learning English language, spelling and something called ‘grammar’ at school never actually made much sense to me. I was hopeless at spelling and didn’t care that I was hopeless at spelling. I never saw the point of getting all excited or angry ( as some of my teachers did ) that my spelling wasn’t so good.

I really didn’t know what nouns, adjective or verbs were until those terms were used on a training course I was attending in 2002. So I asked for clarification of those terms. I saw some people stare in surprise that a 30 year old was asking about basic English.

Even if you don’t know the what terms like verb, pronoun or cleft sentence actually are you are using them every day in normal conversations or you are reading about them even now.

The secret is inside the structure of how to talk hypnotically. What the real secret really is you already, as a speaker of English, know how to do this.

There are a set of common every day words that form the ‘glue’ in the same way that glial cells form the glue that makes the neurons in our brains work the way they do functionally. Using these cards you will very rapidly and experientially learn how to construct, use and maximise you hypnotic language skills.

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Hypnosis Language Pivot Words – Nigel Hetherington

One of the hypnotic language patterns I
Have a particular fondness for are called
Pivot words or equally pattern interrupts.

Pattern interrupts with the purpose of leading
Someone, anyone, yourself to somewhere more
Useful to create new neural networks, possibly
By confusion or derailing a train of Thought you
Did and when you looked you hadn’t.

Confused … Yet … I hope So you can begin
To learn a pattern in an other than conscious
Way to go, its easy is it not?

But before I share a story I want to share
The patterns of the Words are a natural
Part of language and how we express A
Feeling can change at the drop of a hat
Or the drop of An expected sentence structure
Is known to you at an unconscious level.

Right now you ARE learning by example
So don’t try to figure it out just yet!

A spoken or written sentence during and
As you hear it, is being processed in what
You tacitly know … To make sense … Is to
Follow a semi predictable pattern that
You map onto … Experience … is what really
Makes the difference. Don’t trust me yet!

Walking down a road or a pathway you may
See a flower or A tree grows from a seed and
Evolves all of it’s Life is a collection of experiences
That can form … Our Impressions … are experiences that
Are imbibed by the nervous system and to
A large part create our know subjective reality.

OK, enough already … 🙂

Here’s the pattern …

[ Sentence … ] ending in a (a)NOUN(s) / OBJECT …

Example…

People often sit down at TABLES.

… (a)NOUN(s) beginning a [ sentence ]

TABLES are places where meals are served.

PIVOT the sentence ‘MEANING’ on the (a)NOUN(s)
This IS LIKE changing tracks half way through and
The expectation ( unconscious ) is lead to somewhere
Else other than expected … this creates a SPACE

Like this … PIVOT

People often sit down at … TABLES … are places where meals are served.

Think about it … After you have read the sentence
Out aloud to Yourself you can now understand
Something in … A different way … to learn is
All about experiencing something novel, new
Weird, unexpected. Remember the brain LIKES
Unexpected, weird, different and is likely to
Remember it all the more this way.

You can then use this SPACE to offer very helpful
And well meaning suggestions again and again …

So Why Do Wasps Eat Wood?

You have already learned this pattern at
More than one level. Trust me on this one!

Use it and make it part of how you
Communicate with intention to Yourself,
Anyone, Someone.

The story, as you remember … I will save
For another … Time …to go practice this
Powerful pattern of … Hypnotic Language
Patterns … can be learned more better by
Writing them down, saying them out loud
And On The Inside … exploring ways you
Can incorporate these in every day …

Conversational Hypnosis Skills … You
Are developing … … …

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If you are interested in learning and developing hypnotic language skills or if you are already a practising hypnotherapist and you would like to get even more conversant with the Milton Model patters than this completely free audio recording may well be of interest to you.

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all the best
nigel hetherington


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If you are interested in learning and developing hypnotic language skills or if you are already a practising hypnotherapist and you would like to get even more conversant with the Milton Model patters than this completely free audio recording may well be of interest to you.

This is the first of a series of completely free hypnosis training aids that shows you through demonstration, hints, tips and exercises exactly how to become really skilful in the use of hypnotic language.

If you go to the free NLP resources section here you can listen or download this and other NLP and Hypnosis resources.

all the best
nigel hetherington


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Both top quality trainings will explore and demonstrate a set of language patterns known as the Milton Model. The Milton Model is a basis for indirect hypnosis, presentation, sales and the evolution of experience.

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