'a Personalised Induction Will Always Be More Effective'. Discuss.

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'A personalised induction will always be more effective'. Discuss.

When undergoing hypnosis, an induction is required to ensure that the subject is sufficiently relaxed to experience the process fully. The form which this induction takes may be dependent on the hypnotist used, or the type of hypnosis being undertaken. Some hypnotists will rely on a standard format for all inductees, whilst others advocate the use of personalised scripts tailored to each client. Whether this is a more effective method and produces better results for those undergoing hypnosis is a question open to debate.

Hypnosis is widely used in therapy for a number of reasons. The promotion of hypnosis as a cure for weight loss, smoking, exam nerves and other such
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In addition to treating all humans as individuals, it should likewise be considered that the problems or habits which blight peoples life do not all stem from the same source, and are 'acquired in different ways by different individuals' (Heap and Dryden 1991 p.38). Generic inductions are unable to make any distinction between how or why problems have occurred, meaning that the client may feel misunderstood and their problem may be unable to be dealt with as fully as may be possible if the therapist has a good knowledge of their background.

Personalising inductions can also serve to make them more effective as they can be made more relevant to the individual and take into account personal preferences and interests. Erikson often looked deeply into the lives of his subjects, and found abstract ways of individualising scripts that took into account individual interests, and thus solved problems in highly unique ways which only the subject could relate to. For example, when treating a 12 year old boy for bed-wetting. Erikson found that the boy liked baseball, so used the imagery of tensing and relaxing muscles as he was catching and pitching a ball to help him gain control his problem (Waterfield 2004).

By personalising an induction, the practitioner is also able to incorporate key motivators, which could not be used in a more generic approach. For example, Hadley and

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