NLP Milton Model - Ambiguities


Within hypnotic language, and more specifically within the Milton Model, an ambiguity occurs when a word, phrase or sentence has multiple meanings. Ambiguities are a very useful way to induce confusion.

To understand the statement, it is necessary for the client to process the possible meanings and then decide which one is the most appropriate.

Syntactic Ambiguity

A syntactic ambiguity consists of an 'ing' verb that can be processed as either a verb or an adverb.

I own a flying jacket - not an example that you'll usually come across in a hypnosis book, but is that a jacket for flying in, or an actual flying jacket!

Phonological Ambiguity

These are words that sound the same.

Examples include eye/I, know/no, see/sea, weight/wait, nose/knows

You've struggled with this issue for the last time - no/know more - this is a really nice example especially if know more is delivered as an embedded command.

This could be the best days/daze of your life.

Punctuation Ambiguity

A Punctuation Ambiguity occurs when one sentence ends with the word that begins the next sentence.

This is quite a good way to lead a client into a trance, as you can continue to speak without ever finishing a sentence.

I know you're curious about how far you can drift down deeply now.

Scope Ambiguity

A Scope ambiguity occurs when it is not clear how much of a sentence a verb, adverb, or adjective applies to.

The room was full of horrible girls and boys - were the boys horrible? Or just the girls