In this article we are going to look at two different kinds of hypnosis. One kind is traditional hypnosis and the other kind is Ericksonian hypnosis. When reading this article, you will gain an understanding of the differences between the two of those, why it is important to know about them, and how this knowledge can enhance your hypnotic abilities. So let’s get started right away.
A Close Look At Traditional Hypnosis
Traditional hypnosis is what you probably think about first, when you think about hypnosis. It’s where the hypnotist tells the hypnotic subject what to do, and gives commands and suggestions directly.
For example, the hypnotist might say: “As you look into my eyes, you start to feel sleepy, and your eyes are growing tired. Notice the rhythm of your breathing and relax deeply. Close your eyes now, you’re now in a deep hypnotic trance.”
Traditional hypnosis works well for people who accept commands very well. People who don’t challenge authority and are fine with following other people’s commands.
A New Approach: Ericksonian Hypnosis
Ericksonian hypnosis is pretty different in many regards. But the main difference is really that it is a lot more elegant.
Even people who do not like to follow commands or instructions and who tend to refute suggestions and challenge authority respond very well to Ericksonian hypnosis. What’s interesting is that with Ericksonian hypnosis, the more skeptical a person is, the easier it will be to hypnotize him or her.
It was the legendary hypnotist Dr. Milton H. Erickson who developed this kind of hypnosis.