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Three Handshakes Success Work

Three Handshakes Success Work

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Published by Jeff Sauber
A brief outline of the three most common, but very different, hypnotic handshake inductions. If you're already familiar with hypnosis, and especially rapid inductions, I think you'll like this!
A brief outline of the three most common, but very different, hypnotic handshake inductions. If you're already familiar with hypnosis, and especially rapid inductions, I think you'll like this!

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Published by: Jeff Sauber on May 18, 2009
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Three Firm Handshakes--Successwork Hypnosis Blog
I was chatting with a hypnotist-friend of mine the other day. The conversation got around to handshake inductions and suddenlywe couldn’t agree on anything—not even the principles that made it work. Turns out, we were talking about different handshakeinductions!There are three main handshake inductions that I know of and have used, and each works according to different principles. They’reall worth getting to know and practicing frequently. I’m naming them by the sources from which they come, although I can’t alwayssay for certain whether these were the people who originated them or only popularized them.
These descriptions are my ownunderstanding of them, based on my experience, but I do not pretend to be an expert, by any means. Moreover, this document isonly an overview, and there are many fine resources, including the sources listed, which can supply further information.
Now, this document doesn’t teach these techniques, so if you’re not already familiar with how to hypnotize someone, and especiallyhow to use rapid inductions like these, chances are that this document won’t be of much use to you. But if it helps to clarify whatyou already know, and possibly inspire you towards new practices and understandings, then I’ve achieved my aim.Here they are (in a sort of historical order):
Elman’s Handshake Induction, Erickson’s Handshake Induction, Bandler’s Handshake Induction
Let’s take a closer look…
Elman’s Handshake Induction,
From “Hypnotherapy,” by Dave Elman (1970)
Authoritarian (also called
)Elman is one of the big names in hypnosis for the 20
century. His methodology is authoritarian, which is to say, it relies on the client’sfirm belief in the hypnotist’s ability and authority. The client enters into it with the expectation of being put into trance rapidly.
:• Pre-talk• Three shakes of the hand
Overview of the technique:
both the client and hypnotist begin with a clear expectation of the outcome. The hypnotist offers theclient a pre-talk that outlines what will transpire: specifically, that he will shake the client’s hand three times. With each shake theclient will become more relaxed, and on the third shake, the client will drop into a deep trance state. As long as the hypnotist isconfident, the client drops into trance as expected. The hypnotist needs a strong frame/confidence to establish his authority/prestige. It’s also a good induction for a hypnotist to develop a strong presence.
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Erickson’s Handshake Induction,
From “Mind-Body Communications,” edited by Ernest Rossi (1986)
Confusion—ambiguous touchMilton Erickson is the other big name in hypnosis for the 20
century (well, there actually are a few others, but for the sake of brevity…). His developed a bewildering variety of different approaches to trance and hypnotic effect, often based on an amazingsensitivity to the change in states of consciousness of his clients. The story behind this induction was that Erickson was lecturing ata university in South America, and was presented with a volunteer who spoke no English. He took the language barrier as a challengeand an opportunity (Erickson’s principle of Utilization, eh?)
:• Take client’s hand• Make eye contact; apply ambiguous touch• Go into trance yourself 
Overview of the technique:
This induction is done silently, without talk!
Ideally, client and hypnotist are in some kind of rapport, orat least the client has some expectation of trance. The hypnotist takes the client’s hand firmly and reassuringly, and begins to shakeit slowly and gently up and down, also making firm eye contact at the same time, to capture the client’s attention. The hypnotist
begins to go into trance himself 
, maintaining eye contact. The handshake gradually becomes softer and smaller, also gradually loos-ening the grasp, but so slowly that the client can’t gauge whether or not the touch is still there. During the loosening, the hypnotistalso continually varies the pressure and touch of his fingers on different parts of the client’s hand, so that the sensory input to theclient’s hand is
ambiguous and confusing
—the client can’t pin down what they are feeling. The client’s attention is also split betweenthe touch and the eye contact. In this way, they are open to the passive suggestion to trance, which comes via the hypnotist’s owntrance state. The client will be in trance when arm-catalepsy is achieved (along with other trance analogues, like heavy, slow breathing),although they may not close their eyes unless suggested to do so, either verbally or non-verbally.
Bandler’s Handshake Induction,
From “Trance-formations,” by Bandler & Grinder (1981)
Pattern interrupt—confusionRichard Bandler is one of the founders of Neuro Linguistic Programming and one of Erickson’s more famous students. This is a techniqueis described in several of his works, both books and videos. It requires a highly developed sense of physical and verbal timing. The tech-nique is reported to have been developed by Erickson, and modified and popularized by Richard Bandler.
:• Reach forward with right hand to shake• As client is reaching out, expecting to clasp hypnotist’s right hand, the hypnotist takes the back of client’s hand with his(hypnotist’s) left, and brings it rapidly up to client’s face. Hypnotist commands client to focus on his own hand, and whiledoing that, to enter trance.• Hypnotist commands client to allow his own hand to drop only as quickly as he goes into trance.• At the end of the trance experience, hypnotist may reposition the client’s hand in front of his face, and then closes thepattern by resuming the handshake.
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