Punctuation Ambiguities


Punctuation Ambiguities

Ericksonian Hypnotic Language Patterns

More Ambiguities
Ambiguities are words or phrases that can have more than one meaning. The mild confusion that results is conducive to developing trance. There are four basic categories of ambiguities. In today’s post we’ll look at the type that has already been talked about in comments about phonological ambiguities…
Punctuation Ambiguities

Punctuation Ambiguities are Siamese sentences…sentences that are joined at the hip. They rely on “pivot words.” Words that function as the end of one sentence and the beginning of the next sentence.

Look at the following example.
“Many People wear a Watch how easily and quickly you can go into trance.”
Here we really have two sentences:
Many people wear a watch” and
“Watch how easily and quickly you can go into trance.”
We just join the two together via the pivot word, “watch.”

It is also an ideal way to deliver an embedded command, because the second sentence can be a directive, as in the above example. Therefore, when speaking the sentence, remember to shift your tonality… “Many People wear a Watch how easily and quickly you can go into trance.”

“In addition to a watch many a man will wear a Tie in this idea to the others that came before.”

“She sold sea shells down by the See how comfortable you can be at the sea.”

Please note: there is nothing necessarily special about pivot words. In our examples above the word functioned as a noun for the first half of the sentence and as a verb in the second half (which made it very convenient for embedded command use), but it doesn’t have to be that way. Essentially, any word can do the job. It doesn’t even have to make sense, logically. Remember, confusion is conducive to trance. As for instance – the following example: “The director shouted at the actors to take their Place for everything and everything in its place.” No embedded command there, but certainly it would be confusing to the listener. It could work nicely as part of a larger trance induction.

Here is a small list of words easily used as pivot words because they can act as both a noun or a verb. Notice how many of these pivot words are also Phonological Ambiguities.

Watch, Tie, Sea/See, Hear/Here, Feel, No/Know, Through, Bye/By/Buy, Change, Bee/Be, Break, Coast, Move, Change, Believe, Crave, Decide, Experience, Drape, Frame, Places, Realize, Respect, Feedback, Think, Bank, Cast

Exercise: It may seem harder than it actually is. Here’s a way you can practice getting good at it: Take the words in the above list one by one. Write a sentence that ends with one of the words. Could be about anything at all, but it ends with the word you’ve chosen. Then write another sentence that starts with that same word. Then say them together, but only use the word once. When you get to the pivot word, pause ever so slightly before the word and then just speak as if you are saying the second sentence naturally.

I’ll do one more right off the top of my head here. No editing.

Take the last word on the list, “cast.”

1st sentence: The aspiring actor hoped to join the cast.

2nd sentence: Cast off those old beliefs that have bound you to the past.

Together: “The aspiring actor hoped to join the.. Cast off those old beliefs that have bound you to the past.”

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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