One of the key skills of Eriksonian hypnotic techniques is the ability to be artfully vague.
In many ways, it was Milton Erikson’s great skill and precision with which he could be artfully vague that made his conversational hypnosis so effective.
What’s meant by artful vagueness in hypnosis?
It is a means by which the suggestions given to a person are open enough for them to form their hypnotic experience. It allows them to use their own imagination, realities and modalities (see my blog ‘R U Getting This?’ from the 28th of October, 2009) to create their personal experience.
Let’s have a look at an example. Say you’d like to create a place where you can go and relax. Now if I were to suggest that you go to a beach, well maybe you hate beaches. So instead, what if you’re allowed to create your own place, like so:
And you can allow your mind to drift …. drift to a pleasant place, a peaceful place. A place that you know and where you can always feel able to relax, completely. A safe …. secure place …. where no one …. and nothing can bother you.
Can you see the difference? In this example, you’re creating your own place, one that is unique to you.
Hypnosis is a fascinating subject and life-skill to have, if you’d like to know more about it, there are some home study courses on my Products page.