The Milton Model

Hypnosis Using the Milton Model

Richard Bandler and John Grinder named the Milton Model after studying the world-renowned hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, considered the founder of clinical hypnotherapy. They created the model in order to replicate Erickson’s amazing results.

Ericksonian Hypnosis

Traditional hypnosis uses ritual inductions and direct suggestion. Ericksonian hypnosis on the other hand is conversational and natural, which is why it is sometimes known as Conversational Hypnosis?. Many of his techniques are not what we might think “hypnotic” but create trance states (where we find unconscious resources and choices). Trance being a common altered state we access naturally many times a day.

Erickson believed the unconscious mind was self-generating, positive, and key to successful change. A person usually goes to a hypnotherapist because their conscious resources aren’t working. The purpose of therapy is to get the conscious mind out of the way in order to access unconscious resources.

Overall, the concepts of rapport, utilization, confusion, pacing and leading came from modeling Erickson.

Milton Model Language Patterns

While Bandler and Grinder separated the patterns so we could understand the components, we usually combine them. In fact, it is difficult to give discrete examples of each.

Milton Model language patterns that are also part of the Meta Model (reversed)

The Meta Model makes vague language specific. The Milton Model uses vague language to access the unconscious.

Additional Milton Model language patterns

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