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What is Ericksonian Language and how can we use it everyday.
As therapists we have a lot of tools at our disposal, one of which is what we call Ericksonian language. I tried to think of the best way to put it and ended up looking how others described it and in the end I cheated and took it off Wikipedia and it sums it up nicely.
According to Wikipedia “Erickson believed that the unconscious mind was always listening, and that, whether or not the patient was in trance, suggestions could be made which would have a hypnotic influence, as long as those suggestions found some resonance at the unconscious level. The patient can be aware of this, or can be completely oblivious that something is happening. Erickson would see if the patient would respond to one or another kind of indirect suggestion, and allow the unconscious mind to actively participate in the therapeutic process. In this way, what seemed like a normal conversation might induce a hypnotic trance, or a therapeutic change in the subject.”
So here are some examples of what we can use during a therapy session. I put the examples in some random sentences below.
…and as you _________ you can _________.
….and as you continue to read this blog you can find it increasingly easy to remember.
I don’t know if you’ll discover ___________ .
I don’t know if you’ll discover when you use these patterns you will get a feeling of well-being.
It’s not necessary…
It’s not necessary to have fun finding out how you can use this pattern
You can begin to/continue to ___________ .
You can begin to use Ericksonian Language patterns to help improve your persuasion abilities and improve your communication skills.
You might notice…
You might notice how useful this blog is for you and for others. I wonder if you’ve considered telling all of your friends about this great blog?
Don’t be too surprised to find yourself __________ .
Don’t be too surprised to find yourself fluent in these patterns and enjoying this practice.
There so much information on Milton and how he worked that I’ve only barely scratched the surface with this short blog. Find out more about Milton H. Erickson here.
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