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Language patterns of Milton Model


Milton model refers to a set of linguistic patterns derived by Milton Erickson, the father of modem hypnotherapy who is well known for getting rapid results with clients. It is a way of communicating with people in such a vague way that is almost appears to be hypnotic. Below is examples of the Milton Language hypnotics phrase for each of the language patterns:

1. Mind Reading: This is where a person assumes to know what the other person is thinking.

For example, “I know you are thinking about…..”

2. Conversational Postulate: It is a form of question which has to be answered as either yes or no.

For example, “Do you like your current life now?”

3. Simple Conjunction: Would include words like, and, or but within the sentence.

“For example, “ It’s good to see you and I would like you to sit down and begin to relax.” 

4. Cause and Effect: Statements that use words like force, makes, causes, requires, and because.

For example, “ Every time you hear this bell it make you relax more and more.” 

5. Selectional Restriction Violation: Illogical statements that does not really make sense and causes the listener to decode the statement.

 For example, “”My car doesn’t like it when you do that.”

6. Lack of Referential Index: Is a statement that fails to identify a specific.

For example, “This is much easier that it looks.”

7. Tag Questions: Is a question that is added to the end of a sentence to ensure the person is listening, following along, and/or understand the information.

For example, “What happens is…Does that make sense?”

8. Embedded Commands: Is a presupposition that directs a persons thoughts. It assumes that a person is doing an action (or should be doing an action).

For example, “When you go swimming tomorrow, pay attention to how good it feels.”

9. Extended Quotes: Is a quote in the form of a story that is used to get or give information.

 For example, ” I remember a long time ago, my grandfather told me a story… and he told me we should never take ourselves too seriously.”


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