Conversational hypnosis is a broad term that gathers a variety of techniques under one umbrella. They have a different style than traditional hypnosis methods, and that’s why hypnotists put them into their own separate category. Conversational techniques are simply tools that a hypnotist uses to help people make profound changes in their lives.
Everyone who seeks out hypnotherapy wants to change their lives. A hypnotherapist will use the techniques at their disposal that best help their client achieve the change they desire. While trance-based protocols are often the most effective, sometimes a more indirect approach is required.
This is where conversational hypnosis comes in. Often called “indirect hypnosis,” this technique typically uses stories and allegories instead of direct hypnotic suggestions. These stories help the unconscious mind deliver solutions on its own.
One of the main differences between conversational hypnosis and other hypnotic techniques is that it can bring you to trance with your eyes open. Many believe that to be in hypnosis, you have to have your eyes closed. This simply isn’t the case.
Hypnosis takes the natural trance states your mind already creates and helps you use them to make amazing changes. We’ve all had times where we’ve zoned out with our eyes open: when we’re driving on the highway, watching a TV show, or just daydreaming at work.
This is what conversational hypnosis feels like. Your eyes may be open, but your mind is drifting somewhere else. If you’ve ever gotten lost in a great book, you also know how easily the human mind gets caught up in good stories. This is the backbone of conversational hypnosis. It uses stories to absorb the conscious mind. Then, while the conscious mind focuses on the characters and the plot, the unconscious mind learns from the story’s underlying framework.
Conversational hypnosis is also a relaxing and free-flowing type of hypnosis. The hypnotist may guide the hypnosis session over multiple topics, their words flowing just like a conversation might.
Conversational hypnosis isn’t exactly like a normal conversation you’d have on the street. It’s filled with language patterns and metaphors that would sound out of place elsewhere. However, in a hypnotist’s office, this is a great way to induce trance or a state of hypnosis. Some hypnotists use conversational language patterns, like never-ending sentences, double binds, and embedded commands, as their induction to guide a person into trance. Others simply fold in these conversational techniques throughout their regular work.