I have attended several training workshops relating to NLP and Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy. Often the fellow participants ask me, so what is the difference between NLP and Hypnosis ? Both these streams are full of interesting tools for a person to work on mind either for correction or empowerment. Therefore, no specific definition has been given to these methods.
NLP vs Hypnosis – Difference between NLP and Hypnosis
While NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming is of rather recent origin, modern Hypnosis has shed and taken few names over the last few hundred years.
They have many things in common including the end objective and similar outcomes. Both NLP and Hypnosis are about personal change rather than changing others or changing the external things. Hypnosis as well as NLP use specific sets of tools and techniques. Also rapport building between the client and the consultant is very important.
Again Hypnosis is very wide term with multiple applications. For example, Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic approach and it is quite different in purpose and process from stage hypnosis.
The different processes of NLP and Hypnosis
There is commonality as well as difference between the two methods. When a person goes to a good hypnotist or a good NLP practitioner, they both have an in-depth discussion with the client to understand the problem or the issue, the symptoms and the root cause.
After this the hypnotist would put his client in a trance and read out to him a script. This hypnosis script would either be ready made or a customized one. A hypnotic script is a set of commands given to the subconscious mind which is in a very receptive state in the trance to do or not to do certain things. This is done with the idea of bringing about a desired change in the behavior of the client. You may also refer to: How Does Hypnosis Work
Whereas in NLP, the participation of a fully conscious client is needed to produce the desired results because both your conscious mind and unconscious mind are involved. Of course, the client may choose to close his eyes or he may be asked to visualize something with eyes closed and yes, the trance or trance like situation may occur sometimes. To be more specific, the reason for this trance could be one of the language patterns applied by the NLP practitioner could be Milton model, which is more of a conversational hypnosis.
Whether the technique applied is taken from NLP or Hypnosis – also sometimes referred to as Hypnotherapy, the important thing is that the steps taken under the guidance of the trained counselor should help in re-programming or re-coding the mind for a desired behavior in place of an undesired behavior patterns.
Use of Language Patterns in NLP
As mentioned in the previous paragraphs, the NLP gives importance to language patterns in its techniques. While one is the Milton model of conversational hypnosis, the other one is the NLP language of Meta Models.
Here the idea is to make the person to not do what he has been doing regularly on ‘auto pilot’ by consciously understanding what he has been doing and in place of that do something else. This helps the client move from A to B state or the behavior and this is done with the help of certain techniques, of course.
Past Life Regression in Hypnosis
Under the system of hypnosis, the problem or a particular behavior may be carried by the person from one or more of his specific previous births. Therefore, if deemed fit, the hypnotist may use a particular technique called Past Life Regression or PLR to take the consciousness of the person to that particular birth and get the correction done.
However, there is no such system or equivalent technique in NLP method.
Future Life Progression in Hypnosis
Similar to the Past Life Regression (PLR) techniques, there are also techniques employed in hypnosis to make a person’s mind go to his future in this life or in future births. Once again, there is no such system or equivalent technique in NLP method.
What is better NLP vs. Hypnosis
The answer is fairly simple but there is no one answers to it. It depends on a number of factors such as the quality and training of the counselor or the therapist. It could be a very experienced and well trained person in one field vs. a young and novice in the other field. So the talent is involved and how well the particular hypnotist or NLP practitioner is able to build rapport.
Secondly, it would depend on what the client chooses and the work he is willing to do. In hypnosis all the commands are given when the client is in trance. Whereas in NLP, the client is fully conscious and wide awake and he has to work on the techniques while the NLP practitioner is there to guide him.
In the end, what matters is the mastery of the practitioner over the techniques they carry in their tool box and the modalities could be different.
Kind of issues that can be treated with NLP and Hypnotherapy
They both can be used for issues like Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Tension, Weight Loss, Quit Smoking, Insomnia, Public Speaking Fear, Procrastination and many other phobias.
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