I took a course in hypnosis, and one of the most important things in making hypnotic suggestions work is wording them the right way depending on the type of person you are hypnotizing. Well, the same concept can be used for autosuggestion and MILD techniques!
To find out how to word your autosuggestions, you need to find out if you are an E (emotional-suggestable) or a P (physical-suggestable). Here is a shorter version of the suggestability test I’ve adapted from the original by John Kappas:
A) are comfortable expressing your emotions.
B) would rather keep your emotions to yourself.
2. When discussing something interesting…
A) You often stare directly into a person’s eyes and get close.
B) You’d prefer to keep a civilized distance and find yourself looking elsewhere.
3. When in a group of unfamiliar people…
A) Your movements are carefree and casual.
B) You know they are looking, so you guard your movements.
4. You learn better by…
A) Seeing or Reading
- In a new class or lecture, you…[/b]
A) Are comfortable asking questions.
B) Let the others ask any questions.
- You prefer reading…[/b]
- You think children are…[/b]
A) Great to be around, all the time.
B) Preferably avoidable.
- When expressing ideas, you…[/b]
A) Tell all the related details, so you’re sure you’ll be understood.
B) Get right to the point.
- When you do a great job on a school project, you’d rather be…[/b]
A) complimented in front of the class.
B) privately complimented.
- You empathise and feel more strongly when someone describes to you…[/b]
A) The terrible pain of their skiing accident when they slammed face-first into a tree, shattering their collar-bone.
B) The terrible pain when their parter left them without explanation, and refuses to speak to them.
Now, add up your As and Bs. More As mean you’re a P, and more Bs mean you’re an E. If you’re equal or close to it, you can probably take either suggestion type, or try both and see what works.
If you are a P, the normal direct suggestions should work:
- I WILL have a lucid dream.
- I will remember my dreams.
- I will wake up after each dream I have.
- I will remember to realize I’m dreaming.
If you are an E, you might like to try one or more of the following (but NOT combined with literal suggestions. Stick only to ones on this list to be safe.):
- In my lucid dream, I will fly (or whatever your goal is).
In the morning, I can write down all of my dreams.
- I will become lucid any time in the night my mind chooses.
And don’t forget to combine with visualizations of becoming lucid!
So! What do you think? What are your results? Are there a lot of Es out there who have tried MILD unsuccessfully because it uses literal suggestions meant for Ps? Any other questions or confusions? Any other auto-suggestions you’d like me to make an E version of?
I was thinking of also making a pair of induction mp3s, one for Ps and one for Es, where I could really use the suggestive distinction and my hypnotist skills to make an induction that is significantly more effective than the ones meant for everyone.