Nominalisations in Hypnotic Language and NLP

This post is about how to use nominalisations in hypnotic language to be more effective in hypnotic language. So as a nice easy suggestion, for now forget about the names and labels and shift your concentration to the functional use.

The invitation inviting you to a quantity of relaxation into the subject matter

Nominalisations, reifications or plane old abstract-nouns ( term I have learned lately ) are a set of words that name what happened to some verbs, adjectives and other linguistic jargon as a process of ‘objectification’, ‘solidifying’ and in some cases conflating human qualities to something that just aint so.

The cessation of thought to the practicalities in the present

We are all familiar with objects and amounts in the real world. An object like a chair, a book or a kettle. Also familiar we are with amounts of substances like some water, some coffee or half a tonne of top soil.

The encouragement and realisation of knowledge already

Easily identifiable as the tangible, something that can be touched, counted or measured in the physical world. Once language takes the astounding leap into the realms of the non-physical, such as emotions, abstractions and the arts something else is happening. True art arrests the consciousness as Stephen Dedalus puts it in Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man.

Adjusting adjustment … maintenance of an attitude of exploration

So, simply and I hope easily understood, a nominalisation is metaphorically freezing, solidifying and capturing a process, event or name and as such offering a wider and broader interpretation to the reader with little specific detail from the speaker or writer.

Using Nominalisations in Hypnotic Language

Two short paragraphs, lets call them basic inductions are presented below. The second one is an italicised and nominalised version of the first.

I would like to invite you to relax into trance … notice what you are experiencing presently … and as your thoughts and feelings drift … shift … changing state … opening …

Here/Hear … the invitation of relaxation into hypnosis … identification with the experience of the moment … as the thoughts and the sensations of new transformation … shift a consciousness … awakenment …

So, having some idea of what you are wanting to say / suggest and using you extensive vocabulary as well the simple tool for nominalising ( think work endings ) you are on your way.

You will also discover some additional millage when you use the words:

  • The, A, An
  • Some, more, less
  • Of, with, from

When describing nominalised ‘objects’, ‘quantities’ and ‘qualities’ respectively.

A development of some complexity with the realisation of delight

Recognizing Nominalisations in Hypnotic Language

There are craws of words have have endings in a specific type which will give you thousands of nominalised words. They are easy to find. Just do a google search for words ending with “X”. Here are some examples of that variable X.

  • ion ( retention, fascination and expectation )
  • ship ( relationship, scholarship and friendship )
  • ment ( empowerment, enactment and encouragement )
  • ness ( happiness, hopefulness and clearness )
  • ity ( fluidity, perceptibly, reciprocity )
  • nce ( influence, congruence, intelligence )
  • ology
  • osity

A very useful way ( Structure of Magic Volume 1 ) to recognise nominalisation is a two fold test. One part is linguistic the other is a metaphor abstraction test. In SMV1 we are actively de-nominalising words. Remember in hypnosis we are actively nominalising words.

Does the following make sense?

  • A continuing “nominalisation”
  • Can you put some “nominalisation” in a container? That is does “nominalisation” feel like an object or quantity? But it’s not.

A continuing presentation, an continuing happiness, an continuing excitement. And you can’t put presentation, happiness or excitement in a container.

Practicing Nominalisations in Hypnotic Language

The most useful ways I have found to put this all together functionally for me is joyful and effortful practice. This is simplicity itself. Here are a collection of suggestions that may be of great utility to you in the development of contextual application of your own selection.

  • Use google to search for lists of words ending with “x” as in the section on Recognizing Nominalisations in Hypnotic Language. Look at them and write large swathes of them out. Preferable in sentences of mostly connecting words.
  • Read a poem, book or listen to you favorite music. Notice the abundant use of nominalisations and notice their effect on you! With the realisation the nominalisations are nothing new and you have an understanding already … consider the development of curiosity as to how your application can experience a new and different functionality.
  • Practice in the spoken work. Record what you do and listen back to this. It will naturally not be usual in the beginning. Practice with your  friends, clients and those direct phone sales people who are no doubt trying it on with you. The kindness of practice and the practice of kindness.

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