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Elman Induction

Elman Induction
An Ericksonian induction is subtle, gentle, and effective. The
Progressive Test Induction leads to a particularly deep level of
trance. The Elman Induction will result in a trance that is reason-
ably deep and reasonably quick, and is particularly good as a
second induction for a client you have already hypnotized before.
It is also a great deal of fun! In order to meet the diverse needs of
your clients, it is useful for you to have several different ways of
inducing trance.
Elman Induction No. 2
In a moment, you will be examining a second version of the Elman
Induction, which follows the same steps as the first but moves
more quickly. This second induction works well with a client who
has gone through the first induction previously, or has done some
trance work before. You might even switch to this second induc-
tion if you notice part way through the first induction that you do
not seem to be moving fast enough for the client.
After you and your partner have become comfortable with the
first Elman induction, practise this second induction together and
notice the change of rhythm as the client becomes more used to
going into trance. In case the client is moving more slowly than the
script, add some of the words from the first Elman induction back
Elman Induction No. 2
Take a long, deep breath and close your eyes.
(Start with your hand above the client’s eyes and
bring it down to below the chin.)
Now relax the muscles around your eyes to the point
where they won’t work … and pretend you can’t open
them even though you know full well that you can. As
, long as you hold on to this relaxation, you can pretend
they just won’t work. When you’re sure they’re so
relaxed that they just won’t work, continue to pretend
Elman Methods
that they won’t work and test them to make sure THEY
WON’T WORK. Test them hard … that’s right.
Now let the feeling of relaxation go right down to your
(Assist, using two fingers.)
Now open your eyes-really relax-close your eyes
again … that’s it … The next time you do this, you’ll be
able to relax even more than you relaxed before.
Open your eyes.. . now close your eyes … double the
relaxation. Open your eyes … now close your eyes …
double the relaxation.
Now I’m going to lift your hand and drop it. I want it to
be as limp as a dishrag. Now the moment your hand
plops down on your leg, it will send an even deeper
relaxation through your whole body. That’s right.
We want your mind to be as relaxed as your body is, so
I want you to start counting from 100 backwards when
I tell you to. Each time you say a number, double your
mental relaxation. With each number you say, let your
mind become twice as relaxed. By the time you get
down to 98, you’ll be so relaxed the numbers won’t be
there. Start from 100 and watch them disappear before
you get to 98 … double your mental relaxation and
watch them start fading … Now watch them disap-
pear.. .. Now they’ll be gone.. .. Isn’t that a nice feeling?
Are they all gone? Let them disappear …. Are they all
gone? That’s right.. ..
Insert suggestions.
Bring client out of trance. Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide 1
After you have taken turns with your partner doing Elman
Induction No.2, compare notes on which version of Elman each of
you preferred as Hypnotherapist and as client. Preferences differ.
In the beginning, many Hypnotherapists feel more confident with
No. 1 because it allows careful preparation of each step and gives
the Hypnotherapist more time to gather their thoughts and pro-
ceed smoothly. On the other hand, a client who is used to a fast
pace or can go into a trance quickly may become distracted by
their own impatience with Induction No. 1. I was once moving at
a normal adult speed with an 8-year-old client, who peeked over
at me and said, “Would you hurry up!”

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