When last have you thought about a white horse? Whether consciously or sub-consciously, this sentence made you think of a white horse. This is called a post hypnotic question, which planted an image in your mind.
What if you were able to convince people to do things by simply telling them to? A professional hypnotherapist in Darwin can do that (sort of), just in a less-intrusive and controlling way that you may think.
Words are a powerful tool used by a hypnotherapist and are aimed at penetrating your mind and altering your thought process.
Although very high-level, there are ways in which words and language can be applied in everyday lives in ways we are not even aware of. Words that are said to us or shown to us have a significant impact on our though processes even though we do not realise it.
A quite controversial science, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) uses hypnotic suggestion (through language) to intentionally have a hypnotic effect on the listener or reader.
This technique is often used in political speeches, sales pitches or advertising and sees the tone, wording and speed of the message carefully constructed to create a certain idea and evoke a certain feeling amongst listeners or readers.
However, the technique is not only used by these parties. We use it every day, consciously or sub-consciously, to convey our emotions and our inner thoughts when we speak, to maintain an image or to convince people to agree with us or help us.
There are various ways in which words can be used to create an idea. Knowing how to use them is another thing entirely. A few ways in which you can more effectively use words to connect with people on a deeper level include:
- Painting pictures with words
- Use selective words that convey the emotion you want to evoke and don’t use words that can have a different meaning
- Speak with purpose and keep it short and sweet
- Avoid the use of negatives in a sentence, especially when giving instructions
- Smile when you are talking
- Speak clearly
- Think before you speak
The science of NLP recognises the fact that the conscious and sub-conscious minds work differently and even that their strengths lie in different places. A good way to experiment with NLP is to get to know how the mind works and what it is good at to be able to focus your concentration on areas that need to be developed and are easily influenced. This can be achieved through meditation, which is a good starting point for getting in touch with the inner self.