Using the Right Words to Apply Covert Hypnosis

[NOTE: I saw this article and felt it was worth sharing. I’ll probably look for other guest posts in the future as well – Louis]

by Rob Andrews

What are the correct kinds of words to use covert hypnosis?

Using words that cause someone to see things in a different way is one way to influence how they feel and think. This is called reframing.

A famous example of reframing is glass half empty, half full metaphor. This reframing from viewing the glass not as half empty, but rather as half full, helps people see the positive side of something.

You can use reframing for more complex things by changing some very simple words in a sentence. For example, think about the difference between these three sentences:

It’s very pretty outside today, but tomorrow it’s going to rain.

It’s very pretty outside today, and tomorrow it’s going to rain.

It’s very pretty outside today, even though tomorrow it’s going to rain.

These sentences describe the same things, but the small change of only a word or two makes you think about the weather differently. Go over these sentences again and be sensitive to how each one makes you feel about the weather today and the weather tomorrow. Can you feel the different attitudes they bring out?

There can be many ways to reframe things.

Choosing words that expand the frame cause the person listening to see the bigger picture.

Like, when a person is at a store and is worried about buying a pair of shoes because she knows that a store across town has the same pair for a few dollars less, you may say something like, Wow, I know that the other store has the same pair for a couple dollars less, but that’s an hour away. How much gas do you think you would use up driving over there?

You can also reframe the context of a situation.

Friend: Man! I really wanted to go to the beach today but its so windy outside it wouldnt be any fun.

You: Ya, it wouldn’t be much fun sitting on the beach in the wind, but look at the wave! It would be a great day for surfing!

And there is also the content reframe.

Friend: What a jerk! That man blew by us doing 100 mph. Can you believe some people!

You: He sure was going fast. Did you see he had his emergency lights on? I wonder if he was going to the hospital.

So you can see how changing the language you use can actually change someones attitude about things.

One powerful type of conversational hypnosis is reframing.

Reframing let’s you distract the listener’s conscious mind and causes her to listen to her subconscious brain.

There is no obvious hypnotic trance here like you would see in overt hypnosis, but nevertheless, this use of words in conversational hypnosis causes the listener to respond to things using her subconscious mind.

Learn more about conversational hypnosis and reframing, and try it out.

Author: Robert Andrews publishes articles to teach the power of conversational hypnosis. Learn more about this amazing form of covert hypnosis

16 Responses

  1. Robert’s article is very true. Reframing is not your typical hypnotic language pattern, but the way I see it, if you change the way someone thinks/feels you have accomplished the same outcome as “traditional hypnosis” would. So it’s the same thing really.

    I teach parents of toddlers and young children to use reframing to solve many sorts of problems. For example a child doesn’t want to put on his coat to go outside. You can easily reframe this any number of ways so the child now WANTS to put the coat on. Hypnosis? No, of course not 🙂 There is no trance, remember?

  2. “It’s very pretty outside today, even though tomorrow it’s going to rain.”

    Amazing how this sentence undoubtedly would raise the mood and tone of a conversation compared to the other two.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Very clearly explained. Using the right words when speaking with someone definately changes their opinion and therefore can mold the outcome in your favor. Some people might refer to it as covert hypnosis whereas others, who don’t believe in subconscious suggestion, would just call it good salesmanship.

  4. Just luv it!..Finally learn there is a name for it, reframing. I have been using this procedure with my famly for some time. It works great for me. I can see I shall have to delve more into Covert Hypnosis. Thank you so much for sharing this article.

  5. Hypnotic patterns can put you in the position to “predetermine” how a social situation will turn out for you. Suppose you had an upcoming date lined up. By using language patterns, you can set yourself to be liked, trusted, and even cause the other person to give up sex!

    But covert hypnosis goes farther than that. This is important. Covert hypnosis just isn’t using the sly slip of the tongue. It’s a combination of things like:

    body language, underlying motivations, your appearance, tonality, rapport and anchoring skills.

  6. Reframing is also one of my favourite techniques. I do advise that people try to be subtle when using it and don’t try to draw to much attention to the reframe.

    There’s nothing quite as annoying as someone who has just learned how to reframe constantly using this technique on everything someone else says. Always make an ecological check as the NLP’ers would say.

  7. Could you envisage buying an automobile with no criteria for the type of automobile that you want. Worse assist you walk into your close garage and buy the prototypical automobile you see, or the cheapest automobile you find.

  8. Most people are completely unaware that it is absolutely, 100% possible to easily and discretely affect and influence the mind of another human, therefore influencing their decisions and behavior, without their being consciously aware that it is happening. This is commonly referred to as covert hypnosis.

  9. Robert you have explain the concept very clearly. well i am working in the marketing fields and its should be perfect in the language to influenced the customers and may be to your subordinates too. i get very ideas after reading this article.

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