Tutor: Karen Ferguson
“A personalised induction will always be more effective”.
Discuss. Base your answer on theoretical concepts
And techniques presented in class.
I feel that a personalised induction will always work best and be more effective on a client.
Why do I think this and what evidence is there to back this up?
Well I thought I would first read “My voice Will Go With You” - The teaching tales of Milton H Erickson before starting this essay, and to get a better understanding of what personalising an induction can do to help a client. I am sure there are people who feel that not having a personalised induction works for them. So lets see what evidence there is for and against.
I think a personalised induction for a client has to be the best way to help someone. No two human beings are the same. We are all different, individual, with different ideas, likes and dislikes, backgrounds, cultures and different values in our own lives. So being all so different, I feel to have just one induction to use on every person you see just wouldn’t work. You have to build up a good relationship with your client for them to be able to trust you, and the more they will be able to be open to you and your suggestion. They also need to be able to hold you in mutual positive regard to allow them to be comfortable to maximize their receptivity to suggestion. This cannot be done surely by them coming in and you just go straight into doing an induction that you had used on your clients before them and your clients after them.
If for example you hadn’t checked to see if they had any likes and dislikes or phobias then you may make them feel unnecessarily uncomfortable. An example: if an image of a lift was used. A woman was asked in her induction to see lift doors open ready for her to get in – she decided to go down the stairs instead, having a phobia of lifts. Or images of walking through a meadow would not work well for someone who suffers from allergies. (Hypnotherapy – A Practicial Handbook)
We communicate normally through talking, body language, tone and volume of our voices. In everyday conversation it is a fact (Chrysalis Psychotherapeutic Counselling – Year One – Module Two) the words we use only make up 7% of communication. Then tone and volume is used 38%, which leaves body language at 55%. As hypnotherapy is all about listening and using suggestion to achieve the change the client is looking for, this could make it very difficult to do. So therefore we have to make sure we choose our words wisely and study what we say as we can’t use body language within hypnosis because normally the client will have their eyes closed.
The more you get to know about your client, what they like and what they don’t like, the more you will be able to understand their personality to be able to help them individually as that is what they are – individual.
To do this we need to understand how are brains work. If we tell ourselves to do something then our brain does it. If we imagine an image our brain will experience it. What instructions we tell our brain externally it will also do this internally. Using this helps us to get to know our client and what makes them the person they are, their personality, the real them and how it compares to the person they are when they are working, socialising etc.
If we are watching a film we really like our mind will leave the present moment we are in and take us into this world for film, or if we daydream we go from the present to daydreaming. Our mental state comes from our brain. So if we worry about for example not doing well in exams we become anxious, or are scared of flying we experience a result a fear of flying. The human brain never stops. If we have a thought we need to sort out the brains goes around the issue, backward and forward trying to sort it out and we can end up in