I’m excited to announce that I have been chosen to be a featured presenter at the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association’s spring educational conference this month. I’m giving a talk on the topic of aversion therapy—that’s the art of using hypnosis to attach “a big fat no!” to the habits and behaviors that people want to stop doing. That runs the gamut of things like stopping smoking, drinking, overeating, fingernail biting, procrastination, and more.
In the field of hypnosis, there’s harmful negative aversion (suggesting illness and death–which I would NEVER do to a client), and there’s positive aversion. The “aversion” aspect of any work I do is all positive aversion. Here’s more about my talk for those interested in the nitty gritty of hypnotherapy, who may read my blog.
The Power of Positive Aversion
Connie Brannan, CHt., Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist and Licensed Trainer of NLP®
What would you never do? “I’d never kill anyone.” Sure, you would. If the situation was such that the killing became an imperative and appropriate response. That’s not a felt response, that’s an intellectual response. What makes your skin crawl? What is it that you would REALLY never do, such that the thought of it is so repellant and disgusting and fearful to you that it turns your stomach and your brain says about it: “That’s a big fat NO!” Eat live worms? Kiss your grandmother? Jump out of an airplane for fun?
Aversion in hypnotherapy is the art of attaching a “big fat NO” to an unwanted behavior such as smoking or eating sweets, in the mind AND the body. In this talk, I demonstrate a potent NLP technique to achieve this.
Finding and attaching the most potent multi-sensual aversion connection is very much an art form. Hypnotherapy itself is a creative art, and the more you successfully tailor ideas and associations for the person in front of you and what moves them, the more successful results you will achieve for them. Everybody is different, and their “big fat nos” are different.
In this talk we discuss aversion. Unwise, harmful aversion (you’re going to die a horrible corrosive death with illness, pain and suffering if you continue the behavior) vs. creative positive aversion. For a long time I avoided aversion suggestions altogether, because it seemed to me to be only negative and hurtful. It doesn’t have to be. Also in this talk we discuss how useful aversion is in a propulsion system to change, combined with the positive attraction of desired outcome.
Connie Brannan, CHt, is a Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming™, Professional Conversational Hypnotherapist, Design Human Engineer™, Persuasion Engineer™, Timeline Coach & Regression Specialist, Usui Reiki Master Teacher, and Matrix Energetics Practitioner. She operates a clinical NLP and hypnotherapy practice out of Bellevue, WA, called Mindworks Hypnosis as well as training NLP with her husband, Michael Brannan, in their private career school, Mindworks NLP, through the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming™. She is a published author and creator of several hypnosis self-help audio CD products. She conducts a series of self-hypnosis workshops and teaches hypnosis for adult continuing education programs in the Seattle area.
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