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Hypnotic Storytelling

Hypnotic Storytelling

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Hypnotic Storytelling

3.5/5 (2 ratings)
52 pages
46 minutes
Oct 6, 2013


A collection of 23 carefully chosen stories that can be used by those involved with any type of change work including hypnotists, coaches, counselors and therapists.

These tales can act as a form of covert "waking hypnosis" that encourage healthy shifts in perception without the use of a formal trance induction.

These stories are for the most part brief and easy to use while addressing commonly encountered challenges related to habit control, stress relief and life guidance.

After each tale some ideas are shared on the key points along with some personal coaching tips.

Oct 6, 2013

About the author

James Malone has been a Certified Hypnotist since 1995 and continues to work with individuals and small groups who feel stuck in negative patterns of thought, feeling and behavior. He also publishes the popular Creative Calm Newsletter.

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Hypnotic Storytelling - James Malone

James Malone

Hypnotic Storytelling

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1. Introduction

2. The Elephant

3. The Monkey Jar

4. Starfish

5. Two Wolves

6. The Egg Rescuer

7. The Eagle and the Chickens

8. The Hungry Genie

9. The Sun, The Moon and the Little Girl

10. The Sun and the Wind

11. Maybe

12. The Monks and the Maiden

13. The Cellist at the Subway Station

14. The Wicked Prince

15. The Cracked Pot

16. The Fisherman and the Businessman

17. Bird in Hand

18. Knowing Where to Hit

19. The Beggars

20. Pumpkins and Walnuts

21. The Smuggler

22. Second Opinion

23. Lost and Found

24. Hiding Place

25. Frog Legs

26. The Stonecutter

27. Connection



What is it about a good story that can move people at a very deep level and often help them change for the better? Long before there was anything known as a professional hypnotist, traditional shamanic healers knew the value of stories and metaphors to bring about positive transformation.

By engaging the imaginative part of the mind, you activate the subconscious self which controls all habitual patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior-which is quite a lot! In fact, a well-delivered story can initiate a kind of light hypnotic state without any formal trance induction. In the world of change-work, whatever form of counseling, therapy and coaching is used, shifting perceptions is ultimately the goal because as the saying goes, perception is key. What we believe to be true determines how we respond to life-whether it is actually true or not.

These types of stories can be quite powerful in bringing about desired shifts in thought, feeling and behavior. If you were to study the persuasive art and science of hypnosis formally, early in your training you would learn about direct, and indirect suggestions. A direct suggestion is as the name implies is where you tell a person exactly what to do such as, you no longer have the desire to smoke. An indirect suggestion takes a more roundabout way of being directive and can actually be quite sneaky. For example, You know people can start to lose all interest in the smoking habit when they realize how valuable their health really is.

Both types of suggestion have their place in hypnosis and other types of change work but an advantage of indirect suggestion is that it is less likely to be resisted since complying with even a highly beneficial idea can be perceived

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