Hartland’s Medical and Dental Hypnosis is a classic book in the profession of hypnosis, exploring what can be achieved when you have somebody hypnotized. The book, written by Michael Heap and Kottiyattil Aravind, highlights some of the work from one of the unsung pioneers of hypnotic change work, Dr. John Hartand. John lived from 1901 to 1977, working as a British Psychiatrist and was involved with the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis. He integrated his work with multiple modalities such as medicine, psychiatry, and hypnosis. Dr. Hartland is well known for his work on ego- strengthening and the direct suggestions you can use inside your work to advance even advanced strategies further.

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Today’s episode is somewhat of a teaching episode where I share commentary and lessons in effective hypnosis. I share some of the specific language patterns and nuances that I have picked up from reading the book based on Hartland’s Medical and Dental Hypnosis. I explore drawing lines on client responsibility and share how our clients are capable of change. I reveal the ways we can communicate what hypnosis is and how hypnotic suggestion works. I explain some of the appropriate limitations of hypnotic suggestions, opening up the conversation on how we can make hypnosis even more effective. I also share the formula that makes all hypnosis work and highlight how all hypnotic change is about perception.

“A hypnotic suggestion becomes permanent as long as it is still congruent to the individual and has a reinforcement mechanism.” – Jason Linett

  • The two basic formulas of therapeutic suggestions during hypnosis and the cause and effect relationship
  • Setting client limitations and utilizing an open-ended framework
  • A definition of post-hypnotic suggestions: A post-hypnotic suggestion is not a magic spell, or in negative terms, a curse. It quickly decays in strength unless consolidated by the naturally occurring processes of conditioning and cognitive restructuring. It is usually easily overridden by conscious control or existing competing habits. The suggestion has to be aimed at the responses that are appropriate to the context valued or acceptable to the subject or patient or demonstrably with the subject’s repertoire or personalities.
  • How a hypnotic suggestion becomes permanent and introducing reinforcement mechanisms
  • Positioning your clients for success, replacing existing competing habits, and the distance,dissociate and diminish formula
  • An example of John Hartland’s psychodynamic therapy

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