Motor City Hypnotist Podcast with David Wright – Episode 47 Milton Erickson, Part 1

one’s unconscious mind picks up clues and information. Erickson stated that “Respectful awareness of the capacity of the patient’s unconscious mind to perceive the meaningfulness of the therapist’s own unconscious behavior is a governing principle in psychotherapy. The patient’s unconscious mind is listening and understanding much better than is possible for his conscious mind”. Confusion Technique “In all my techniques, almost all, there is a confusion”. – Milton H. Erickson[26] Erickson describes the confusion technique of hypnotic induction that he developed as being done either through pantomime or through plays on words. Spoken to attentive listeners with complete earnestness, a burden of constructing a meaning is placed upon the subject, and before they can reject it another statement can be made to hold their attention. One example is offered in which he uses verb tenses to keep the subject “…in a state of constant endeavor to sort out the intended meaning”. He offers the following example: One may declare so easily that the present and the past can be so readily summarized by the simple statement “That which is now will soon be yesterday’s future even as it will be tomorrow’s was. Thus the past, the present, and the future all used in reference to the reality of today”. Erickson describes the second element of confusion to be the inclusion of irrelevancies and non-sequiturs. Taken in context these verbal distractions are confusing and lead progressively to the subject’s earnest desire for and an actual need to receive some communication they can readily understand. A great example of confusion technique: Derren Brown. Visits a jewelry store and purchases an expensive item. During the payment process, Derren begins asking where the nearest subway station is. He talks about directions, North, South, East, West. He states “I was nervous about taking the subway and a friend told me to just “take it”, as he hands the blank paper bills to the cashier. (watch Derren Brown use blank paper money at the YouTube link below); Join my Empower Your Mind For Success Private Facebook Group Free Hypnosis for Confidence NEXT EPISODE: Milton Erickson Part 2 Change your thinking, change your life! Laugh hard, run fast, be kind. David R. Wright MA, LPC, CHT The Motor City Hypnotist