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NLP and Hypnosis – Harnessing the Power

NLP and Hypnosis, techniques and script.

Anyone who is serious about personal development eventually explores NLP and hypnosis. Millions of people worldwide practice these techniques, and yes, they hold a lot of mystique for some. They function as a secret key to unlocking the brain’s fullest potential.

This article will explore the commonalities and differences between NLP and hypnosis. Are you looking for NLP and hypnosis techniques? Of course, I will share some. If this is your first visit to this website and you’re interested in NLP techniques or the (hypnotic) NLP Milton Model, I suggest conducting some searches that pique your interest.

NLP and Hypnosis Defined

NLP and hypnosis become straightforward to understand and apply effectively once you complete a training. However, if you have never studied either, you might feel lost.

This confusion arises partly from the overlap between the two and partly from the lack of clear definitions. I always say, ‘Put 10 NLP Practitioners or ten hypnotists in a room and ask for definitions, and you’ll get entirely different answers.

What is NLP?

NLP, or Neuro-Linguistic Programming, represents the culmination of extensive studies conducted since the 1970s on how individuals who have reached their highest potential utilize their brains, behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and habits. The outcome of these studies is a series of techniques, tools, and two language patterns.

For more information: What is NLP.

The Two Language Patterns Taught in NLP Training

The NLP Meta Model

This model enables a person to become more conscious, aware, and alert, transitioning from an unconscious to a conscious state. It serves as an ideal tool for interviewing and questioning people. A hypnotist or hypnotherapist only knows or uses the meta-model if they are trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

The NLP Milton Model

This model facilitates communication with the unconscious mind, allowing a transition from a conscious state to a more trance-like state. When applied intensively, it can induce a hypnotic trance, a natural state we experience several times daily. A hypnotist or hypnotherapist only knows the Milton Model if they have received training in Ericksonian hypnosis, based on the studies of Milton Erickson, the father of modern conversational hypnosis.

An NLP Practitioner will know how to use both models, effectively guiding people to become more conscious or unconscious and navigating the states in between.

What is Hypnosis?

Many people mistakenly associate hypnosis with swinging pocket watches, making people cluck like chickens, and recalling license plates. While some may involve hypnosis, it often entails a combination of psychology, conditioning, and showmanship.

Hypnosis or hypnotherapy induces a state of altered attention and awareness, often described as a trance-like state. It resembles a focused daydream rather than sleep or unconsciousness. It does not render you entirely under someone’s spell or control. Instead, you enter a highly suggestible state where you might experience changes in perception, emotion, thought, or behavior. A hypnotherapist induces this state by providing a series of instructions and suggestions, usually aimed at helping you relax deeply and enter into a trance.

What Are the Differences and Commonalities Between NLP and Hypnosis?

You could look at NLP and hypnosis as a family; there are commonalities and differences.

What Are the Commonalities Between NLP and Hypnosis?

NLP and hypnosis indeed share some similarities, resembling long-lost cousins at a family reunion.

Mind Access

Both engage with the inner workings of the mind and delve into the unconscious, seeking clues, patterns, and perceptions.

Behavior Chameleons

They assist in changing behaviors, beliefs, habits, and repetitive patterns.

Language Lovers

Language plays a pivotal role in both NLP and hypnosis.


Both methods are highly effective and popular in empowerment and personal development.

What are the Differences between NLP and Hypnosis?

While NLP and hypnosis may be cousins, they aren’t twin siblings.

Induction vs. No Induction

Hypnosis requires a formal induction to enter a trance-like state, whereas NLP bypasses the induction and gets straight to work.

Conscious vs. Unconscious

Hypnosis primarily engages the unconscious mind, allowing your conscious mind a break. In contrast, NLP involves both your conscious and unconscious minds in a collaborative effort.

Tools and Techniques

While hypnosis comes with its own set of tools and techniques, NLP boasts a broader array, akin to comparing a Swiss Army knife to a regular pocket knife – both are useful, but one offers more features.

Depth of Exploration

NLP delves into the past, present, and future, addressing everything from childhood trauma to future aspirations. Hypnosis, on the other hand, focuses more on addressing immediate tasks.

Formal Training

One can often learn hypnosis over a weekend course, but anything less than a week’s training may produce underconfident hypnotists who can induce a trance but then falter. NLP training, however, requires a minimum of 7 days to become a certified NLP Practitioner.

What Different Kinds of Hypnosis Are There?

Hypnosis comes in a variety of forms, each with its own distinct approach:

Traditional Hypnosis

This form adheres to classic methods of inducing a hypnotic state.

Elman Inductions

Named after Dave Elman, these are rapid and reliable methods to induce deep hypnosis.

Ericksonian Hypnosis

Based on the work of Milton Erickson, this approach uses conversational techniques and metaphors.

Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy

A blend of hypnosis with cognitive-behavioral therapy to change patterns of thinking and behavior.

Regression Hypnotherapy

Focuses on revisiting past experiences to address current issues.

Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy

Concentrates on the present and future, encouraging clients to envision solutions.


Integrates psychotherapeutic practices with hypnotherapy for deeper psychological issues.

Stage Hypnosis

Entertainment-focused hypnosis used in performances to showcase the effects of suggestion.


A therapeutic approach combining hypnosis and psychoanalysis.

Other specialized forms and techniques continue to evolve and vary.

Natural Hypnosis

Additionally, there is ‘natural hypnosis,’ which occurs in day-to-day activities when you operate on autopilot.

What Different Kinds of NLP Are There?

Generally speaking, there is only one type of NLP. While some schools might assign different names to their programs, this often serves more as a marketing strategy than a reflection of fundamental differences. By presenting their version as newer, better, or more evolved, they aim to attract more participants.

What about Hypnotherapy and NLP Therapy?

You might wonder about the potential of combining NLP and hypnotherapy. I always maintain that the most skilled hypnotists incorporate NLP between the induction phase and the moment they bring someone out of a trance.


This approach marries hypnosis with therapeutic techniques. It leverages the power of hypnosis to address and resolve psychological issues effectively.

NLP Therapy

This method combines the best elements of NLP and therapeutic approaches. It aims to help you overcome challenges, unleash your potential, and foster lasting changes. And so much more.

Harnessing the Power: NLP and Hypnosis Techniques

I use this hypnosis and NLP technique to leave an old negative context behind and step into a place of personal transformation.

Shedding the Skin of the Past and Stepping into a Future Goal or Transformation

In this technique, we induce a hypnotic trance and then use NLP to ‘future pace’ toward reaching a goal or completing a transformation. We prime the brain to achieve this goal as successful athletes, entrepreneurs, and goal-getters do.

The Hypnotic Induction (Borrowing from the Elman Technique)

(This is a script.)

Take a deep breath in, and as you slowly exhale, close your eyes and begin to relax. With each breath you take, allow yourself to feel more deeply relaxed. Imagine a wave of relaxation spreading from the top of your head down to your toes, making you feel loose, soft, and limp. In a moment, I will begin to count from five to one, and with each number, you will find yourself twice as relaxed, sinking deeper with every count. Five, feeling calm and serene; four, your thoughts are slowing down; three, every muscle, every fiber relaxing; two, almost completely relaxed now; and one, fully relaxed, deeply at peace, open to the positive suggestions that follow.

NLP Technique: Dissociation

(This is an instruction you can follow.)

Imagine a context you want to move away from and visualize it. If you can not visualize, pretend as if you can.

If you see yourself, there is nothing you need to do.

If you are looking through your own eyes, float your awareness out of your body so you can see yourself.

NLP Technique: Dissociation & Submodalities

(This is an instruction you can follow.)

Imagine seeing an image of yourself, then turn it into black and white.

As quickly as you can, move this image into the distance while making it smaller and smaller.

NLP Technique: Future Pacing & Association into the Future

(An instruction.)

Float your awareness into your future self, where you have reached your goal and/or fully transformed.

See what you would see, hear what you would hear, and feel what you would feel.

NLP Technique: Submodalities

(An instruction.)

Make the image more intense, more vivid, larger, and brighter.

Enhance the sound to be more powerful, like surround sound, and adjust the volume and intensity. Consider adding music.

Intensify the feelings even more.

Hypnosis: Dehypnotization & Emerging

(This is a script)

As you’ve made these magnificent changes, it’s now time to return to your full awareness. I will count from one to five, and with each number, you will become more alert and awake, feeling refreshed and energized.

One – Slowly, you’re beginning to emerge from your trance, feeling calm and content.

Two – Every muscle and nerve in your body is loose and relaxed, and you’re starting to feel more aware of your surroundings.

Three – You’re becoming more awake with each number I say, feeling a sense of energy returning to your body.

Four – Your eyes are beginning to flutter, and you’re almost fully awake, feeling completely rested and filled with a sense of accomplishment.

Five – Eyes open, wide awake, feeling fully alert and refreshed, ready to go about your day with a clear mind and a relaxed body.
Take a deep breath in, stretch if you need to, and welcome back!


Both NLP and hypnosis can seem a bit like magic while also serving as powerful tools. Their effectiveness largely depends on the skill and ability of the NLP Practitioner or hypnotist. Similarly, the nature of their impact — whether manipulative, evil, transformational, or values-based — reflects the character and intentions of the practitioner, hypnotist, coach, or therapist.

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