NLP Milton Model - Indirect Elicitation Patterns


These hypnotic language patterns require more than just the words. They rely on the tone of voice of the hypnotist - so they don't really stand out in written language.

It is a good idea to find a recording of a good hypnotist and listen out for these milton model patterns in action.

Embedded Commands

In several of the NLP milton model patterns described previously, there is an assumption that the hypnotist actually wants the client to obey. When used as an embedded command, it is important to mark out the command (but not obviously). This is usually done by dropping the voice at the correct point in the statement as we would if we were giving a direct command, or by using analogue marking (see below).

For instance, if we wanted to deliver the command 'relax deeply', we could place it within a sentence as follows:

In a moment I am going to ask you to relax deeply.

In everyday english, this is a statement, and would be delivered with a straight tone, but as we want it to be a command, the voice tone must drop at the end.

Embedded commands do not have to be placed at the end of a sentence, but they often are.

Now before you begin to relax, I want you to realize how easy it is for you to get comfortable in the chair. You may notice your eyelids flutter as you drift all the way down.

Negative Commands

Negative commands are a useful way of hiding what the hypnotist wants to occur. The client will unconsciously ignore the negative part of the command, so by asking the client not to relax, the client will relax.

I don't want you to relax completely.

Don't become confused as you listen to the sound of my voice.

Embedded Questions

Embedded questions are not a particularly useful pattern (in my opinion). They consist of a question embedded within a statement, that the client will usually answer as if asked directly - similar to the classic 'do you know what the time is?' which should elicit a yes/no answer, but usually doesn't.

I'm wondering if you think you're ready.

I'm not sure if you want to close your eyes.

Conversational Postulates

A conversational postulate is a question that should result in either a yes or no answer, but usually elicit a different response. The 'have you got the time?' question is an example of a conversational postulate.

Have you seen the weather?

Do you know where Paris is?

Analogue Marking

Analogue marking is the process of marking out commands within your communication. It could simply be a slightly different tone of voice, or a particular gesture or look.