Self-Hypnosis Techniques - Metaphors

Metaphors are a common technique in hypnosis scripts. They can appear in the form of words, phrases, and stories and are often used as indirect suggestions. They work effectively in communicating with the subconscious.

Overcoming Fear and Anxiety is one of my favorite hypnosis sessions from Hypnosis Downloads. It uses suggestive metaphors throughout the session. There is a metaphor in the session that uses schools of fish swimming by to symbolize imaginary, worrisome thoughts that might arise in your mind. This is how my mind interpreted the metaphor. I realized I could calmly watch my own worrisome thoughts without having the need to see them as real. I could let them (my thoughts) swim by without any need to get attached to them. I could remain detached and calm as I observed my thoughts. And I realized that my imaginary thoughts (worries and fears) weren't real. The use of metaphors in scripts allows your mind to make the relevant associations needed to solve your own problems. Metaphors work effectively with the subconscious because the subconscious mind works best with symbols and imagery.

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