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Learning Drill for Ericksonian Hypnotic Language Patterns

I mentioned some time back that I purchased a deck of Jamie Smart's Ericksonian Hypnosis Playing Cards. What an awesome tool for learning hypnotic language patterns! Like drinking games, you can incorporate hypnotic language patterns in virtually any card game to help internalize those patterns in your speech.

Here's a simple drill you can start using now, even if you don't particularly like card games:

1) Every morning, shuffle the deck and draw 1, 2, or 3 cards.
2) Repeat a few examples of each to yourself so you can hear yourself using them.
3) Those are your patterns for the day - make sure you weave them in your conversations throughout the day. Don't worry about having a goal in mind, or implanting suggestions in anyone's mind. This is practice, so just get natural at using those patterns!

If you pay attention to the things people say around you every day, you'll notice that certain people have their own way of phrasing things habitually.  Making Erickson's patterns part of your habitual language will result in lining your everyday speech up with one of the most persuasive communicators in recent history.

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Musings on Why Diabetics Don't Take Better Care of Themselves

Devin Hastings has written a thought-provoking article on the American Chronicle web site covering the ins and outs of diabetes and how hypnosis might play a part in improving their quality of life. 

I'd like to point out and amplify his recommendation of Michael Yapko's books.  They are a treasure trove of information and, as you might imagine from anything I recommend, Yapko sticks to the solid technique and avoids faux mysticism and appeals to quantum physics.  I would expect nothing less from someone of Yapko's credentials, but with the deluge of Law of Attraction stuff out there, it's worth pointing out the value of the lack of "the secret".  :-)

Back to diabetes and hypnosis - in the specific diabetic cases where weight loss and exercise would be of benefit, it's possible that a good hypnotist could really help out.  Even simple motivation techniques designed to get people running, lifting weights, practicing martial arts, etc would be a boon; who wouldn't benefit from some exercise?  For specifics, check out Devin Hastings' article, which is a refreshing look at hypnosis among a sea of sensationalist media.

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Can Hypnosis Be Used to Steal?

There's no doubt that there are plenty of scam artists out there that can use skills like cold reading and basic persuasive techniques to get money out of their mark.  But in this news story, a shop keeper claims he was put into a hypnotic trance wherein the perpetrators then used mind control to make him give them $1000!

It would be great if that surveillance tape had audio of how this supposedly transpired.

Check out the story and see what you can make of this: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/strange/news-article.aspx?storyid=92475

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