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Multiple Embedded Metaphors - Open Loop No.3

Multiple Embedded Metaphors - Open Loop No.3
In fact, Erickson tells a wonderful story that is written up in the
book My Voice Will Go With You, by Sidney Rosen. One of
Erickson’s students, whom we will call John, was fascinated by
hypnosis and wanted to learn everything there is to know about it.
Erickson told John to pay close attention, very close attention to the
people around him. John was in college, and one day a professor
said to him, “John, how are you going to do on the test?” And John
said, “I’ll do very well, Professor, because you only have 10
questions, and they are.. . ” And John proceeded to name the 10
questions. Now the professor was shocked, and said, “John,
you’ve obviously gone into my desk, because not only do you
know the 10 questions, but you know them in order. We are going
to the Dean.” So he took John to the Dean and the Dean said,
“John, have you been cheating?” And John said, “No, I haven’t
and I can prove it. Please send someone to my room to get my
notebook.” So they sent another student to John’s room to get his
notebook. When the student brought it back, they opened it up
and found that John had taken incredibly good notes. Next to some
things he’ d put one asterisk, and next to some things he’d put 2 asterisks,
and next to some things he’d put 3, and next to some, 4.. . or 5, and next
to some, 6.. . but only next to a few things did John put 7 asterisks, and
they weren’t numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. No, no. The first one was 6, the
second was 1, and the third was 4, and so on. And John said, “You
know, you can tell a lot by paying attention to what a professor is
saying, because they all have their own ideas about what they like
and what they don’t like.” And he said, “All I did was pay atten-
tion, and listen carefully to his tone of voice, and look at him.” You
know, Erickson thought that John was one of his best students.
Now in fact, he was always telling students to pay attention to
things they normally did not pay attention to.. . things that other
people said and did. He knew that by paying attention, they could
begin to turn on the power of their client’s Unconscious Mind.

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