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The Famous Erickson Hypnotic Handshake Induction Technique

The Famous Erickson Hypnotic Handshake Induction Technique

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Want to know how to hypnotize anyone just by shaking their hand?
Sounds like a headline from an ad on the back pages of the old comics I love to read. Alongside the magic X-Ray Specs and the Secret Spy cameras etc.
Well, here is a gem from the past, (culled from the Usenet), the master hypnotherapist himself, describing in his own words exactly how to do just that
And it works..... Enjoy
Want to know how to hypnotize anyone just by shaking their hand?
Sounds like a headline from an ad on the back pages of the old comics I love to read. Alongside the magic X-Ray Specs and the Secret Spy cameras etc.
Well, here is a gem from the past, (culled from the Usenet), the master hypnotherapist himself, describing in his own words exactly how to do just that
And it works..... Enjoy

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LEARNHOWTODOTHEFAMOUSERICKSONHYPNOTICHANDSHAKEINDUCTIONThehandshakeinductionisoneofthemostfascinatingandeffectiveproceduresdevelopedbyEricksonforinitiatingtrance.Itisessentiallyasurprisethatinterruptsasubject'shabitualframeworktoinitiateamomentaryconfusion.Areceptivityforclarifyingsuggestionsisthusinitiatedwithanexpectancyforfurtherstimulianddirection.InalettertoWeitzenhofferin1961Ericksondescribedhisapproachtothehandshakeinductionasameansofinitiatingcatalepsy.Whenhereleasedthesubject'shand,itwouldremainfixedinacatalepticpositionorwouldkeepmovinginanydirectionheinitiated.Heusedthisapproachasatesttoassesshypnoticsusceptibilityandasaninductionprocedure.Theprerequisitesforasuccessfulhandshakeinductionareawillingnessonthepartofthesubjecttobeapproached,anappropriatesituation,andthesuitabilityofthesituationforacontinuationoftheexperience.Aneditedversionofhisoutlineofthewholeprocessandsomevariationsisasfollows.TheHandshakeInductionInitiation:WhenIbeginbyshakinghands,Idosonormally.The"hypnotictouch"thenbeginswhenIletloose.Thelettingloosebecomestransformedfromafirmgripintoagentletouchbythethumb,alingeringdrawingawayofthelittlefinger,afaintbrushingofthesubject'shandwiththemiddlefinger
justenoughvaguesensationtoattracttheattention.Asthesubjectgivesattentiontothetouchofyourthumb,youshifttoatouchwithyourlittlefinger.Asyoursubject'sattentionfollowsthat,youshifttoatouchwithyourmiddlefingerandthenagaintothethumb.Thisarousalofattentionismerelyanarousalwithoutconstitutingastimulusforaresponse.Thesubject'swithdrawalfromthehandshakeisarrestedbythisattentionarousal,whichestablishesawaitingset,anexpectancy.Thenalmost,butnotquitesimultaneously(toensureseparateneuralrecognition),youtouchtheundersurfaceofthehand(wrist)sogentlythatitbarelysuggestsanupwardpush.Thisisfollowedbyasimilarutterlyslightdownwardtouch,andthenIsevercontactsogentlythatthesubjectdoesnotknowexactlywhen
andthesubject'shandisleftgoingneitherupnordown,butcataleptic.SometimesIgivealateralandmedialtouchsothatthehandisevenmorerigidlycataleptic.Termination:Ifyoudon'twantyoursubjectstoknowwhatyouaredoing,yousimplydistracttheirattention,usuallybysomeappropriateremark,andcasuallyterminate.Sometimestheyremark,"Whatdidyousay?Igotabsentmindedthereforamomentandwasn'tpayingattentiontoanything."Thisisslightlydistressingtothesubjectsandindicativeofthefactthattheirattentionwassofocusedandfixatedonthepeculiarhandstimulithattheyweremomentarilyentrancedsotheydidnothearwhatwassaid.Utilization:Anyutilizationleadstoincreasingtrancedepth.Allutilizationshouldproceedasacontinuationorextensionoftheinitialprocedure.Muchcanbedonenonverbally.Forexample,ifanysubjectsarejustlookingb
 
lanklyatme,Imayslowlyshiftmygazedownward,causingthemtolookattheirhand,whichItouchasiftosay,"Lookatthisspot."Thisintensifiesthetrancestate.Then,whetherthesubjectsarelookingatyouorattheirhandorjuststaringblankly,youcanuseyourlefthandtotouchtheirelevatedrighthandfromaboveortheside
solongasyoumerelygivethesuggestionofdownwardmovement.Occasionallyadownwardnudgeorpushisrequired.Ifastrongpushornudgeisrequired,checkforanesthesia.Thereareseveralcolleagueswhowon'tshakehandswithme,unlessIreassurethemfirst,becausetheydevelopedaprofoundgloveanaesthesiawhenIusedthisprocedureonthem.Ishookhandswiththem,lookedthemintheeyes,slowlyyetrapidlyimmobilizedmyfacialexpression,andthenfocusedmyeyesonaspotfarbehindthem.Ithenslowlyandimperceptiblyremovedmyhandfromtheirsandslowlymovedtoonesideoutoftheirdirectlineofvision.Ihavehaditdescribedvariously,butthefollowingisoneofthemostgraphic."IhadheardaboutyouandIwantedtomeetyouandyoulookedsointerestedandyoushookhandssowarmly.Allofasuddenmyarmwasgoneandyourfacechangedandgotsofaraway.Thentheleftsideofyourheadbegantodisappear,andIcouldseeonlytherightsideofyourfaceuntilthatslowlyvanishedalso."Atthatmomentthesubject'seyeswerefixedstraightahead,sothatwhenImovedtotheleftoutofhislineofvision,theleftsideofmyface"disappeared"firstandthentherightsidealso."Yourfaceslowlycameback,youcamecloseandsmiledandsaidyouwouldliketousemeSaturdayafternoon.ThenInoticedmyhandandaskedyouaboutitbecauseIcouldn'tfeelmywholearm.Youjustsaidtokeepitthatwayjustalittlewhilefortheexperience."Yougivethatelevatedrighthand(nowcatalepticinthehandshakeposition)thesuggestionofadownwardmovementwithalighttouch.Atthesametime,withyourotherhand,yougiveagentletouchindicatinganupwardmovementforthesubject'slefthand.Thenyouhavehislefthandlifting,righthandlowering.Whenrighthandreachesthelap,itwillstop.Theupwardcourseofthelefthandmaystoporitmaycontinue.Iamlikelytogiveitanothertouchanddirectittowardthefacesothatsomepartwilltouchoneeye.Thateffectseyeclosureandisveryeffectiveininducingadeeptrancewithoutasinglewordhavingbeenspoken.Thereareothernonverbalsuggestions.Forexample,whatifmysubjectmakesnoresponsetomyeffortswithhisrighthandandthesituationlookshopeless?Ifheisnotlookingatmyface,myslow,gentleout-of-keeping-with-the-situationmovements(remember:out-of-keeping)compelhimtolookatmyface.Ifreezemyexpression,refocusmygaze,andbyslowheadmovementsdirecthisgazetohislefthandtowardwhichmyrighthandisslowly,apparentlypurposelesslymoving.Asmyrighthandtoucheshisleftwithaslight,gentle,upwardmovement,mylefthandwithverygentlefirmness,justbarelyenough,pressesdownonhisrighthandforamomentuntilitmoves.Thus,Iconfirmandreaffirmthedownwardmovementofhisrighthand,asuggestionheacceptsalongwiththetactilesuggestionoflefthandlevitation.Thisupwardmovementisaugmentedbythefactsthathehasbeenbreathingintimewithmeandthatmyrighthandgiveshislefthandthatupwardtouchatthemomentwhenheisbeginninganinspiration.ThisisfurtherreinforcedbywhateverperipheralvisionhehasthatnotestheupwardmovementofmybodyasIinhaleandasIslowlyliftmybodyandheadupandbackward,whenIgivehislefthandthatupwardtouch."
 
Erickson'sdescriptionofhishandshakeinductionisabitbreathtakingtothebeginner.Howdoesonekeepallofthatinmind?Howdoesonedevelopsuchagentletouchandsuchskill?Aboveall,howdoesonelearntoutilizewhateverhappensinthesituationasameansoffurtherfocusingthesubject'sattentionandinnerinvolvementsothattrancedevelops?Obviouslyacertainamountofdedicationandpatiencearerequiredtodevelopsuchskill.Itismuchmorethanamatterofsimplyshakinghandsinacertainway.ShakinghandsissimplyacontextinwhichEricksonmakescontactwithaperson.Hethenutilizesthiscontexttofixattentioninwardandsosetthesituationforthepossibledevelopmentoftrance.Asheshakeshands,Ericksonishimselffullyfocusedonwherethesubject'sattentionis.Initiallythesubjects'attentionisonaconventionalsocialencounter.Then,withtheunexpectedtouchesastheirhandisreleased,thereisamomentaryconfusionandtheirattentionisrapidlyfocusedonhishand.Atthispoint"resistant"subjectsmightrapidlywithdrawtheirhandandendthesituation.Subjectswhoarereadytoexperiencetrancewillbecuriousaboutwhatishappening.Theirattentionisfixedandtheyremainopenandreadyforfurtherdirectingstimuli.Thedirectingtouchesaresogentleandunusualthatsubjects'cognitionhasnowayofevaluatingthem;thesubjectshavebeengivenarapidseriesofnonverbalcuestokeeptheirhandfixedinoneposition(seelastparagraphoftheinitiation),buttheyarenotawareofit.Theirhandrespondstothedirectingtouchesforimmobility,buttheydonotknowwhy.Itissimplyacaseofanautomaticresponseonakinestheticlevelthatinitiallydefiesconsciousanalysisbecausethesubjectshavehadnopreviousexperiencewithit.Thedirectingtouchesformovementarerespondedtoonthesamelevelwithasimilargapinawarenessandunderstanding.Thesubjectsfindthemselvesrespondinginanunusualwaywithoutknowingwhy.Theirattentionisnowdirectedinwardinanintensesearchforananswerorforsomeorientation.Thisinnerdirectionandsearchisthebasicnatureof"trance."Subjectsmaybecomesopreoccupiedintheirinnersearchthattheusualsensory-perceptualprocessesofournormalrealityorientationaremomentarilysuspended.Thesubjectsmaythenexperienceananesthesia,alacunainvisionoraudition,atimedistortion,adejavu,asenseofdisorientationorvertigo,andsoon.Atthismomentthesubjectsareopenforfurtherverbalornonverbalsuggestionsthatcanintensifytheinnersearch(trance)inonedirectionoranother.ExercisesintheNonverbalApproaches1.Thekeystolearningnonverbalapproachestotranceinductionareobservation,patience,andlearningonestepatatime.Onecanbeginlearningthehandshakeinductionbydevelopingahabitofcarefullyobservingaperson'seyesandfaceasyouareshakinghandswiththeminanormalway.Thenextstagemightbetopracticereleasingthehandabitslowerthenusual.Thenlearnhowtodefinitelyhesitateinreleasingthehand,carefullywatchingthesubject'sfaceto"read"thenonverbalresponses(e.g.,confusion,expect

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