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Ideomotor responses are simply physical responses. The importance for hypnotherapy is such responses arise from unconscious thought processes. It is therefore possible to utilize ideomotor responses to tap into the workings of the unconscious mind. Most people are not familiar with ideomotor responses and so we begin our discussion with Chevreul’s pendulum as a way to become familiar with this important and useful technique.
The navigation bar on the left gives additional information on ideomotor signalling, concentrating on finger signalling and other important aspects of ideomotor signalling.
Eliciting head responses (nodding and shaking of the head for yes and no) can also be used in place of finger signalling.