Self-Hypnosis Techniques - Indirect Suggestions

Indirect suggestions often use metaphors as a means to communicate effectively with the subconscious mind. They also include general suggestions that allows a subject's mind to formulate an answer to the issue at hand. Indirect suggestions are used to bypass conscious or unconscious resistance to direct suggestions.

Let's look at an example of the use of an indirect suggestion. If a couple has sexual problems with premature climax, a metaphor suggesting eating a meal slowly with deliberation could be used. Suggestions about the benefits of savoring the taste of each wonderful bite and enjoying the meal fully could be used rather than confronting the sexual problem directly. Using the eating-a-meal-slowly metaphor bypasses the likely conscious resistance of directly confronting the issue. The mind can make the connections and solve the problem on its own while avoiding the defensiveness that would likely come with a direct suggestion.

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