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Hypnotherapy Terms and Definitions

Hypnosis Glossary of Terms - L

Laws of Suggestibility
Reverse Action
The most common law, it's sometimes referred to as Reverse Psychology. A person will respond to the stronger part of a suggestion if the alternative presented is considerably weaker.
It is represented by the fact that the more we do something, the better we become at it. By repeating suggestions in hypnosis, the stronger the suggestive idea becomes.
The use of authority or that of being an authority figure to “command” the client to accept a suggestion. Capitalizing on one's position as “therapist” or by using an authoritative tone are two approaches to apply the Law of Dominance.
Delayed Action
When a suggestion is inferred, the individual will react to it whenever a jogging condition or situation that has been used in the original suggestive idea presents itself.
Whenever we repeatedly respond to a particular stimulus in the presence of another, we will soon begin to associate one with the other. Whenever either stimulus is present, the other is recalled. The post suggestion to re-hypnosis works under this law.
Life Script
Formed from the positive and negative associations we've made throughout our life and stored in our subconscious mind. This is reflected in a person's present life situation.
Literal/Inferred Suggestions
Literal Suggestions
A direct suggestion with no underlying meaning; used primarily with Physically suggestible subjects.
Inferred Suggestions
A suggestion given that contains a message other than the immediately obvious one. Usually the underlying meaning is not immediately understood by the client consciously, but he/she will have a delayed reaction to it. It is especially effective with emotionally suggestible clients.