It is a fact that on average the conscious mind can concentrate, and keep straight 5-9 items at one time. Five things are generally pretty easy for a person to remember and nine is beginning to become quite difficult. As you can see this is not a great number when you put it into the amount of items, facts or ideas you can rattle off in a conversation.
This is why when you are having a conversation with a person about their car being in the shop and they start to give you a bunch of different facts about the car they drive, the car their parents drive, the car Uncle Tom drives and the car Aunt Hilda drives you may get confused.
You will so busy trying to keep the different cars, the people who drive them and the facts about them straight that you will miss the point of the conversation in the first place. Your speaker was talking about his car being in the shop.
Overloading the mind with any information will cause the critical factor to either get distracted with unimportant information or shut down all together. This is a plus for you as a hypnotist because then you can attach a suggestion and it will flow right on in.
If a person is able to keep track of the information they will more than likely be focusing on the wrong information which will still distract the critical factor and again allow your suggestion in anyway.
The idea behind overloading people with details is just that. No matter what the subject or how it is being presented, whether it be fact, fiction or just random information, you want to really give them a lot of details to use this powerful concept to its full advantage.
The next language trick or confusion pattern you will use to overload the mind is called the spontaneous change of meaning. This is done by the sudden and unexpected combining of two different statements. When you take two statements that end and begin with the same word you can mush them together to make one sentence that just doesn’t quiet add up.
For example, “I’m going to the store is out of milk. ” In this statement the meaning at the beginning and end are fine, they make sense. But somewhere in the middle things get a little confusing, just confusing enough that you have to stop and think about what I have just said.
If you take the statement apart you see that ‘I’m going to the store’ is quite average and normal; as is ‘The store is out of milk. ’ This sudden change in how people are used to hearing things causes critical factor to stop for the confusion. When that happens you can simply add your suggestion to the flow of conversation and it will again go in unnoticed.
Another way to incorporate spontaneous change of meaning into your Conversational Hypnosis is to introduce a suggestion in your conversation and then continue speaking as if it never happened. This again causes enough confusion for critical factor that it wants to stop to figure it out.
This is overridden by the fact that you are still talking and there is no time to go back to figure it out. Now the unconscious does pick up the suggestion and stores it away for future use. Again your suggestion gets in to the mind as it bypasses the confused critical factor.
As you include more and more of these spontaneous changes the mind will not only pick up the conversation you are having aloud it will begin to recognize the pattern being created within through the hidden messages.
Yet another way to use this change of meaning is to avoid the ambiguity all together and just combine two statements that end and begin with the same word together. These statements will make more sense and be a little less confusing but still distracting. The key here is to make sure to add these statements casually into conversation otherwise they will be noticed and detected.
Also remember to use these when you need to, not for every other statement. If you use this spontaneous change of meaning too often it can become annoying and overbearing, which is true for most confusion language tactics. Becoming too confusing can be counterproductive in that your listeners will no longer have an interest in listening to you.
Lastly we come to the language confusion concept of shock and surprise. This is a fascinating concept, any time you really shock or surprise someone you will automatically run over the critical factor and make it in. Shock and surprise will create their own type of trance induction.
Just by being shocked and surprised your conscious thinking will immediately overload and shut down leaving only the unconscious open to suggestion and ready to follow instruction, which is perfect for a hypnotist.
There is a caution in shock and surprise method. Some people do not like to be shocked and surprised so be sure you are picking and choosing wise times and the right people to use this technique on.
Clifford Mee is an author, hypnotist and wilderness explorer. You Can Learn Hypnosis with the latest Hypnosis Training & Hypnosis CDs at Conversational Hypnosis