In fact the usual word to describe the creation of a causal link between two systems is
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is generally best.However this matter is complicated by the fact that the brain consists of very many subsystems and wemay consider each to be capable of independent attention, or arousal. To explore this exercises are givenaiming at maintaining the attention of just one subsystem (in this case that connected to fingers) whileconscious attention subsides.Chapter 7: Resistance and RapportWe focus on high-order mental systems: those which determine whether to accept or reject statementsmade by another. The ability to reduce the resistance and increase rapport is an important part of hypnosis. This highly practical chapter gives exercises which take the form of two-person games whichmay be used to increase your skills in this way. We run through making impersonal statements;statements about yourself and then personal statements about another person: all in an everyday setting.Then, in a more "hypnotic" setting, we practise making every statement of an induction totally acceptableand then a series of personal suggestions acceptable.The question of the difference between the system of active resistance and active rapport is discussed. Nospecific exercises are given for building up the latter: though you can find out by asking a few extraquestions after the previous exercises how well you are doing. It is suggested that high levels of rapportdepend on being good at hypnosis, on being honest to yourself, but on top of that there seem to be someinnate characteristics that will make rapport between yourself and certain other people arise naturally.Chapter 8: Bringing it all together The main lessons are summarised. And then the rest of the chapter is directed at giving you a variety of goals - changes that you might make in a subject - in order to practice and expand on what you havelearned. Many of these are accompanied by hints on how to go about them. The advantages of writingout scripts for yourself at this stage are presented.Home
Hypnotherapy for Beginners :Chapter 1
In which we explore some basic facts about the way in which the brain and body work. Specifically we see how words and images can activate other systems in the brain which relate to feelings, muscles, senses, sense of balance etc. These are compared with "tests of hypnotisability" and "hypnoticinductions"
ENTERTAINMENT hypnotists love to make hypnosis look dark and mysterious and complicated. Theylove to pretend that they have special powers that no-one else possesses.I love to make things bright and clear and open, and I do not claim any special powers.In this first chapter I am going to ask you to try out various things and to think about them. These thingsare simple and everyday, and will turn out to be not at all mysterious, and yet they are a foundation onwhich much of hypnosis is built.
Words can trigger pictures in your mind.
This must seem a pretty obvious fact. You need only think of reading a novel and remember the picturesthat come to mind as you do so to realise the obvious truth of this. But it is still worth doing a littleexercise on it, as follows.First just think to yourself, "I am on holiday." STOP NOW; did you see a picture of it in your mind?People vary, but it is unlikely, in the very short time I allowed you, that you saw anything very clearly. Now allow yourself more TIME. Think, "I am on holiday." Pause. "It is my favourite kind of place."Pause. "The weather is just how I like it." Pause. "I am wearing my favourite clothes." Pause. "I amdoing my very favourite thing." Pause. "I am on holiday!"In all probability that extra time was repaid by a very much more vivid picture or pictures in the mind.But it is best, especially if you are a student of hypnosis, to get someone else to do the same thing, perhaps with you saying the words: "Picture
on holiday." Pause. "It is
favourite kind of weather." etc.In this way you will discover for yourself the fact that people can have quite different degrees of clarityof picture, and the pictures themselves can be quite different. I, for example, usually manage only rather