The Laws of Suggestion in Hypnotherapy
The laws of suggestion in hypnotherapy are what makes hypnotherapy effective. Suggestion is the key to effective hypnotherapy and there are three laws of suggestion in hypnotherapy. The laws that govern the effectiveness of suggestion are:
The Law of Concentrated Attention:
This first law of the laws of suggestion in hypnotherapy states that whenever attention becomes concentrated upon an idea, that idea becomes spontaneously realised. In hypnosis, it is the attention of the unconscious mind that is being utilised. This is most easily achieved when there is no conscious attention. Suggestions issued as commands defeat this object.
The Law of Reversed Effect:
This second law of the laws of suggestion in hypnotherapy states that whenever the state of mind is such that subjects think “I should do this…but I can’t” despite the fact that they may really wish to do so, the harder they try, the less they are able. This can hinder the trance induction. The more actively subjects try to co-operate, the less they are able to do so. However, the more passive they remain, the more easily they will enter the trance. (ie. Your arm has become so stiff and straight that it is impossible to bend it. The harder you try to bend it, the stiffer and straighter it will become)
The Law of Dominant Effect:
This final law the laws of suggestion in hypnotherapy is based on the idea that a strong emotion will always replace a weaker one. Attaching strong emotion to a suggestion will always tend to make that suggestion more effective.
For successful therapy, the laws of suggestion in hypnotherapy must be observed by the practitioner.