Cause and Effect


Cause and Effect

Ericksonian Hypnotic Language Patterns

The Cause-Effect pattern is another marvelously simple-yet-effective pattern. Those of you who have studied Sleight of Mouth with me will know what I mean when I say that a cause-effect is part of a normalized belief structure. So what we’re doing is suggesting a new belief to the client.

These are very much like implication and implied directives from a recent post. The difference is in the wording.

This pattern also falls into the category of “Single Binds” in that you are linking one cause to one effect as the only possibility.

The Basic Form:  “(X) causes (Y).”

“Listening to my voice causes you to go into trance.”

“Reading this sentence causes rapid learning.”

Here are some variations:

A. The more you (X), the more you (Y).

“The more you listen to my voice, the deeper you’ll go into trance.”

“The more you practice, the more you gain skill.”

C. The less you (X), the less you’ll (Y).

“The less you listen, the less you’ll learn.”

“The less you run the less you’ll be fit.”

D. The more you (X) the less you’ll (Y).

“The more you talk, the less you’ll hear.”

“The more you practice, the less you’ll forget.”

E. The less you (X) the more you’ll (Y).

“The less you talk, the more you’ll learn.”

“The less you stress about it, the more you’ll enjoy it.”

And you can chain them…

“The more you review these patterns, the more they make sense to you. If they make sense to you, then you’ll be more effective as a communicator. Being a more effective communicator causes you to become wealthier as a person.”

AND the more you write out your own examples, the more deeply you integrate your ability to use them in real life.

About Doug O'Brien

Doug O’Brien is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, and a Certified Hypnotherapist. In 1988, while assisting at NLP and NAC training seminars with Anthony Robbins, Doug achieved the designation of Master Trainer. He now conducts numerous seminars of his own around the globe (specializing in the “Sleight of Mouth” patterns of Robert Dilts, NLP Certification Courses, and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy) and helped found Columbia-Presbyterian’s Department of Complementary Medicine with Dr. Mehmet Oz.

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