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Hypnotherapy Terms and Definitions

Hypnosis Glossary of Terms - C

A medium depth of hypnosis, between hypnoidal and somnambulism.
Chaining Anchors
A Neuro Linguistic (NLP) technique where a group of anchors are fired off one after another. Often used to take a subject from a stuck state to a more resourceful state.
Essentially a dare, in which the hypnotist challenges the client to perform some act that is impossible for the client to do at his depth in the hypnotic state. Examples are the eye challenge and the arm-rigidity challenge.
Moving between levels of specificity. To chunk up means to move to the bigger picture, to chunk down would be getting to greater levels of specificity.
Circle Therapy
Use only for the extinction of fears. It is the process of having the client repeatedly confront his/her problem while in the hypnotic state. Since anxiety and relaxation are incompatible, the anxiety will gradually disappear. After having brought up and passed the fear many times, a reversal is given that the harder they try to bring up the old fear, the more difficult it becomes. In fact, you will feel a new emotion (replacement), amusement and a tendency to smile.
Conditioned Response
The learned response to an indifferent stimulus, which has been attached to it by repeatedly pairing the stimulus with the reinforcer.
Conscious Mind
The 12% of our mind of which we are most aware. The part responsible for logic, reasoning, decision-making, and will power.
Contradictory Square
An example is when a person with a high IQ is in a job that does not require or will not use the high IQ. The person is in conflict or incongruence between what they ARE capable of doing and what they BELIEVE they are capable of doing.
A suggestibility test (such as the finger-spreading test), which is extended beyond the point where the suggestibility is determined, and is used as an induction into hypnosis (at which point, it is called the finger-spreading conversion.)
Corrective Therapy
The client states their problem in a sentence. Then the client is to list five synonyms to each word in the sentence. Physical Suggestibles keep referring back to the original words in the sentence while Emotional Suggestibles refer to each previous word they've come up with. The last line is the subconscious problem.
Critical Mind
An area of mind that is part conscious and part subconscious. Any time a suggestion is given to a subject that is detrimental to his well-being or in total opposition to his way of thinking, it will affect critical area of mind, and he will critically reject it by abreacting.