“a Personalised Induction Will Always Be More Effective” Discuss. Base Your Answer on Theoretical Concepts and Techniques Presented in Class.

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“A personalised induction will always be more effective”
Discuss.
Base your answer on theoretical concepts and techniques presented in class.

Given the innate personal nature of the processes of hypnotherapy it would perhaps seem logical at the outset that the above statement may in fact be true. However, given the complexities of the human organism could it possibly be true that an hypnotic induction tailored to suit a specific individual would always be most effective? In this essay I will look at the methods and techniques employed in hypnotherapy to personalise inductions within the screed, and the reasons why, and consider when and how these techniques may, or may not, be effective.
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As already mentioned, we all perceive the world in our own unique way. The brain relies largely upon our senses: sight, hearing, touch/feeling, smell and taste (the latter two Julie Mark 2

often considered in relation to 'feeling' or as a secondary category), also defined as our 'Sensory Modalities', in order to absorb and analyse information. But as individuals, although we all use all of our senses as required, each of us will have a predominate/favourite sense or modality. All things considered it would seem logical then to ascertain and, thereafter take into consideration, a client's predominate modality in order to create an effective, individualised induction. Using language in a way which enables the client to most fully engage with the dialogue would seem the most obvious course of action, as well as enabling the prevention of the use of terminology which may be less effective, or indeed even offensive. In order to provide the most beneficial and comfortable environment the therapist needs to glean as much information as possible about their client. One way to do so would be to employ certain means to assist in the discovery of the dominant modality. In the 1970s studies undertaken by psychologist Paul Bakan indicated that lateral eye movements (LEM) could be linked to different types of thinking. When considering the three primary modalities: Kinaesthetic (feeling), Visual

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