NLP and Hypnosis: How To Efficiently Embed Commands

Monday, November 16, 2009

NLP and Hypnosis: How To Efficiently Embed Commands

Ah yes… The wonderfully subtle but all powerful embedded command. This is a favourite language pattern for many and you can find yourself time and time again smiling as you gently slide these in and out of your speech while getting closer to that evermore attainable goal. An embedded command is simply a command hidden away within normal everyday speech designed to guide a person into doing or thinking what you want them to.

How to deliver an embedded command.
Firstly - do not attempt to embed more than 5 words. There’s no scientific research whatsoever to back up the idea of shorter commands being more effective but using a bit of common sense will show you that in everyday life the commands we give to others are often short and to the point. And this leads us on to the essence of embedded commands and hypnosis in general; the utilisation of learned associations.

While you’re considering this you can know that the purpose of an embedded command is to say something in such a way that it triggers, only unconsciously, the same emotional anchor/association that is linked to everyday commands; obedience.

In English this is done by lowering the intonation of your voice towards the end of the command. For example, imagine saying ‘sit down’ with a question tone (raising your voice at the end of the sentence). Now say it as a command. How easily did you notice the difference? It’s quite significant isn’t it? The command tone is what you will subtly use during a conversation to embed commands.

As you may be aware the brain is an incredible pattern finding machine. Research has shown time and time again that the brain can establish elaborate patterns that allow you to notice the differences in your surroundings. Why did we evolve this strategy? Well if we consider the good old days when we weren’t top of the food chain and a hungry predator came knocking on our door we would have been served very well by the ability to notice even the smallest differences in our surroundings. The predator had a far less chance of getting his grub if the grub spotted him soon enough.

So how do we use this pattern finding mechanism to our advantage? Firstly you must speak with a fairly even rhythm. This doesn’t mean boring or monotone it just means at particular rate, you can still vary your tone. Fortunately we all speak at particular rhythms anyway so you don’t have to think too much about this. What you do have to consider is how you wish to change your rhythms in order to embed a command. And this is where the pattern finding machine kicks in. While you’re chatting away your conversation partner’s unconscious will be very aware of your regular rhythm of speech so when you alter that rhythm it will stand out (also use a very small pause before and after command for emphasis) and once you add a subtle command tone to the sentence the obedience anchor will be fired.

So for a couple of practical examples (commands in bold)…

“(1)I don’t know how easily you will…(2)go into trance now…(3)but I’m confident that…”

“(1)You may be wondering if you can…(2)Embed commands in your language…(3) and I would say….

Now at step (1) we had normal speaking speed. Step (2) we had a very brief pause and we slowed/sped up the speech with a slight command tone. And then in step (3) we started with another very brief pause and began speaking at normal speaking rhythm again.

Keep tuned for practical examples of embedded commands in many areas of everyday life.

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