NLP & Hypnosis: What is the Milton Model?
The Milton Model is like an inverse of the Meta Model that we saw in an earlier video. Its purpose is to open up the mind to alternative possibilities. And main way it does this is by being artfully vague!
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Program 2: Manager as Communicator
Course 9: NLP
Section 3: Changing People
Dr Mike Clayton has been an NLP Master Practitioner since 2003.
Other videos in this section include:
🎬 NLP Change Work: How Does NLP Go about Changing People? https://youtu.be/zkxO4XKIYUU
🎬 NLP Goal-setting: Well-formed Outcomes https://youtu.be/RjAQ9S6scMY
🎬 NLP Time Line Therapy: What are Time Lines? https://youtu.be/J6ItqruFFOE
🎬 NLP Reframing: Seeing the World in a Different Way https://youtu.be/a08SOaENpNY
The founders of NLP, Richard Bandler and John Grinder, observed and modeled the language patterns of successful psychiatrist and therapist, Milton Erickson. Erickson had a naturally hypnotic way of speaking with his patients. He used vague language and seized on whatever was happening in the room, to help his patients to make changes.
At the heart of the Milton Model for language is the idea of embedding presuppositions into everything you say, so that the patient will start to believe the change has happened.
I do not intend to try and teach you Ericksonian hypnosis, nor even how to use the Milton Model. I simply want to give you a sense of the kinds of language patterns that practitioners use.
Let’s go through the example in the video…
‘I know that you are wondering what the Milton Model is.
A mind read – claiming to know what you are thinking, gently encouraging you to think it.
‘And it’s a good thing to be wondering’
Who says? This states something as if it’s obviously true. Called a Lost performative.
‘Because that means you are learning many things. ‘
Cause and effect – which is unproven, but you may well adopt this belief
And then I presuppose that you are learning many things, so again, it gently nudges you to believe it too.
A simple tag question gives you choice. It makes you feel in control and therefore reduces resistance.
‘And all the things that you can learn will give you new insights and a new understanding.’
‘All the things’ is a massive generalization that creates the feeling of something big.
The words ‘insight’ and ‘understanding’ turn a process into a thing. It feels like you just get them, without having to actively do anything. It’s easy.
‘And that means that your unconscious mind is processing this information and understanding it, even if you do not consciously think you understand it.’
A double bind. This is a statement where I win, whichever of two competing options is true.
• You either consciously understand what I said – great!
• Or you didn’t, so instead, your unconscious mind understood it. Great!
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00:00 – The Milton Model
00:26 – Milton Erickson
00:59 – Embedded presuppositions
01:52 – A flavor of the Milton Model – Not a lesson in Ericksonian Hypnosis
02:12 – An example of Ericksonian language: the Milton model in practice
06:22 – Summing up the Milton Model
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