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Suggestions in hypnosis
Here we are concerned with what constitutes a good suggestion and why. We are not concerned with suggestibility, i.e., why is one person more suggestible than another and how do we measure a person’s suggestibility? These are the concerns of laboratory investigations and are well documented elsewhere. Furthermore, they often give very little help to the practitioner on how to give good suggestions. They are certainly of very little help to the self-hypnotist. On the other hand, what constitutes a good suggestion and why is most important for anyone engaged in self-hypnosis.
There has been a considerable amount of work done on the type of suggestions used by hypnotherapists, and most especially since the work of Erickson. Not all types are suitable for self-hypnosis. Why this is so will become clear as we investigate the different type of suggestions used by hypnotherapists.