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Hypnotic Language Pattern: Implication

Steve Andreas' web site is a gold mine of material that he has written over many years. Today we'll take a look at the Verbal Implication language pattern which he discusses as an overlooked pattern employed frequently by Milton Erickson. Verbal implication is a language pattern that is quite distinct from presupposition, in that a presupposition can be spotted by negating a statement and noticing what's still true, while implication cannot be detected definitively through verbal content alone.

According to Andreas, the usage of the verbal implication language pattern is dependant upon meanings and associations completly within the minds of the listener. As an example: "It's not easy learning language patterns completely by yourself" may carry the implied message that it's easy to learn hypnotic language patterns with other people.

To generate implications, Andreas proposes this algorithm: Create Outcome, Generate Opposite of Outcome, Divide World into Two Opposing Contexts, and finally Create Sentence by Applying Opposite Outcome to Worldly Context that is Not Present.

Read the full article at Steve Andreas' web site, and browse around to learn more quality information from one of the early players in NLP history.

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