Also see Precision Model

Milton Erickson popularized the Milton model which induces trance and bypasses the resistance of conscious mind. Milton model Or Hypnotic Language is the deliberate usage of vagueness in language. It is the deliberate usage of generalizations, deletions and distortions in the language.

Here is a video of using Complex Equivalence in hypnotic language:

It is quite the opposite of precision language. It encourages the person to think effortlessly which is basically imprecise. It is a form of subliminal communication. Best spoken in a soothing, kinesthetic tone.

Hypnotic language is about speaking to the unconscious directly and keeping the conscious mind distracted.

Some basic features of hypnotic language are:

  • Suggestions

    Notice the difference between saying "wonder" and "while you begin to wonder". The first is direct, and commanding. The second is less direct and speaks to the unconscious mind, by posting a suggestion.

    Here is a sample:
    • Before you get into a relaxed state, and as you become more and more comfortable and as you settle down in your chair and begin to think of something that you would like to learn more about and when you are ready...

Relax = "before you get into a relaxed state"
Settle down in your chair = "and as you settle down in your chair"
Become comfortable = "as you become more and more comfortable"
Think = "begin to think"
Become ready = "when you are ready"

  • Embedded commands

    "I am wondering whether you can go into trance..."

  • Embedded questions

    "I don't know whether you can tell me how you like tomatoes..."
  • Tagged questions

Some ways to keep the conscious mind distracted are:

  • Phonological ambiguity. "Buy/by now you should know what you want..."
  • Syntactical ambiguity. "Fascinating people all around you..." (You are fascinating them or they are fascinating you?)
  • Scope ambiguity. "As an intelligent person..." (Who is intelligent, you or me?)
  • Punctuation ambiguity. Merging two sentences to mean something ambigously. "There are a lot of things I don't know if you can handle this today"
  • Double binds. Sentences with a predetermined set of options. Whatever is available is covered.

    "You may choose to learn something now or later or not at all, it does not matter."

As the conscious mind is distracted, by trying to sort out these ambiguties, the unconscious mind keeps listening to the suggestions.