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.”

An Introduction to NLP


Neuro-Linguistic Programming is the exploration of how we communicate, think and change with the aim of replicating and improving great performance in any context. It uses both conscious and unconscious processes that leads to increased communication skills, confidence, motivation and success and is directly related to increasing our ability to influence and persuade. It is also effective in overcoming blocks or barriers caused by a lack of these skills.

Practical applications of NLP include:

  • Improve personal and social skills – help develop and improve on existing skills
  • Business skills like improved leadership, coaching, sales, influence and managing change
  • Help with personal challenges like smoking, drinking, weight-loss and phobias (e.g fear of heights)
  • Seduction and relationships – improve interaction with others
  • Health – help individuals change limiting beliefs, habits and behaviour
  • Sport – Used to help people reach and maintain peak performance.

The 6 main building blocks of NLP:

Neuro-linguistic programming describes some of the way NLP works and the things it relates to: 
N (neurology) – L (linguistic) – P (programming) –

i. Neuro:

NLP studies and works with the mind, how we think and how we store our past experiences, putting them to good use if the need arises.

ii. Linguistic:
The use of language, verbal and non-verbal affects us and NLP constructs its models on that, using language and language patterns towards the desired goals 

iii. Programming:
The ability to organise our actions, thoughts and access to our past experiences can be programmed, sequenced in the best way to aid in achieving our specific desired goals 

iv. Attitude:

It works on the best physical and emotional state to accomplish a task and produce best results in different contexts.  

v. Modelling:

This involves modelling successful people actions to achieve similar results. It starts by asking good questions and moves on to learning without letting our intellect interfere with our learning!


A positive attitude and a passion for modelling will result in many new techniques.. People practicing NLP have produced many useful techniques to help others to reach their objectives and overcome ‘blocks’ where appropriate.

5 NLP technique for a fulfilling life


These are some of the effective technique of NLP that will help you change behaviour, get better results and attract more positive experiences:

1. Dissociation

People tend to react to something in a negative way which causes stress, depression or other negative emotions. First, identify what emotion you want to get rid of. Then, see yourself encountering the situation from start to finish, as an observer. Play the same mental movie backwards, then fast-forward it and then play it backwards. Repeat these steps several times, with funny music added to it. Now, picture the same event like it was happening to you now. You should have lesser of the initial response. If you still feel some kind of negative emotion, repeat this exercise until the negative emotion has completely disappeared.

2. Content Reframe

This is basically looking at the situation at a different angle when you are in a one which makes you feel hopeless, angry or other negative emotions. Thus, your focus is not on the negative aspects of the situation but the benefits of the situation. For example, you have just got fired from your job. Think that this is an opportunity for better positions and you will be able to explore different kinds of areas of work that will let you develop your other skills.

3. Anchoring

Anchoring is mainly used in NLP to elicit some kind of emotional response to something that you do or say. For example, it is possible for the person to start unconsciously smiling when you touch his/her shoulder. To do this, first identify the state you want the person to experience, be it happiness, courage or something else. Do whatever it takes for the person to get into such state. In that target state, touch him/her and hold the position for a few seconds. Remember the exact area that you’ve touched. Then take your hand off the other person and say something unrelated to take the person’s mind off the subject. Then, after a few minutes, touch exactly the same area again and monitor the response. If the process has been successful, the person should have the same emotional response as the one you wanted him/her to have.

4. Rapport

Rapport is a very important and quite easy skill to master that enables you to get along with any kind of person. There are many ways to create rapport with people. You can follow the breathing patterns of a person, you can mirror his/her body language (not too obviously, of course) or you can use similar words that the other person uses. You can also assess the person’s main sensory perception, be it visual, kinaesthetic or auditory and then use the same perception yourself. You can do that by simply talking to the person and paying attention to what kind of words the person uses.

5. Belief Change If you had some negative experience and you dwelled on it, you would then start attracting more similar experiences that would reaffirm your rightness about the situation. In such situation, it is best to straight away do a content reframe and not focus on the negative aspects of the it. Another way is to spend five minutes a day affirming a completely different belief to your current one. You should give it your full attention without any distractions. Focus on your words and understand their true meanings

5 Great reasons to practice NLP


NLP was created by modeling exceptionally talented within the field of therapy. It is the use of effective techniques and strategies to create changes in your thinking and communication to achieve different and better results. NLP techniques and models are now being used in a diverse range of areas including education, business, sport, education, health and social and personal development:

i. Business
It enhance a variety of business activities. They are often present in courses about selling, presenting and team-building. Besides, it helps to teach people to communicate more effectively and persuasively, public speaking and presentations, detecting decision-making strategies in others, making employee training more effective by working on beliefs, practical tools for employees to achieve peak performance and boosting motivation by aligning work with values.

ii. Education
It provides a model of how we communicate with ourselves and others. NLP can used in teaching to improve the ability to impart information in ways that makes learning easier. For example, identifying natural learning styles, use of presuppositions and language patterns and eliciting states in learners that are in line with learning.

It is used by sport coaches to help their clients reach and maintain peak performance. Interventions include modeling and learning successful strategies from leaders in sporting fields, setting performance goals and overcoming plateaus and blocks.

iv. Health
It offers a cognitive model and practical tools that can help you improve the health of yourself and others. NLP practitioners can help individuals lead more satisfying lives by helping them to change limiting beliefs, habits and behaviour, facilitating people to manage states and emotions and helping them to find meaning in life by setting manageable, well-formed goals.

v. Personal relationships NLP sessions increases the way you interact with other people. Your family members will be your principal priority in life and NLP strategies also assist you to to live in harmony together with them. Besides, hypnosis strategies will assist you to to keep a great balance in between your family members and job and never ever let job interferes with family members and family members with job