How to Create Emotional Triggers in Hypnosis

Emotional Triggers are a key element in Conversational Hypnosis.  These skills will help you to embed your suggestions is a pure clear state of mind.  They will make change for the people around you easier and more efficient. 

In order to create a new Emotional Trigger in a person there are skills and concepts you must learn to do first to be successful in implanting an Emotional Trigger.  Before you start to practice the concepts in this article be sure to have the principal of 4 Stage Protocol mastered.  The 4 Stage Protocol will help you to set the right environment to set a successful Emotional Trigger.

Aside from the 4 Stage Protocol you must also be able to understand and utilize the technique of ‘going first’.  Both these concepts will help your subject to enter the clearest state of mind to whatever emotion you are trying to provoke.  Once you have mastered these two skills and are well practiced at the other beginning skills you will have the ability to smoothly set successful Emotional Triggers.

When you have a listener and you are ready to set an Emotional Trigger in them you must first utilize the 4 Stage Protocol.  If you will remember this is used to bypass the critical filter and keep the listener from analyzing your trigger.  If you cannot use the 4 Stage Protocol then your attempts at setting triggers may likely go unsuccessfully for the simple fact that the conscious mind will be too involved to let the trigger in.

Your trigger may not even make it past the critical thinking of the person and be rejected before it is even set.  Setting Emotional Triggers is an act that needs to happen when the conscious mind is not aware of what you are doing.  This way it will take less time and effort to set a successful Emotional Trigger.

On the other hand it is possible to set a trigger when someone is consciously aware.  The danger here is that it will activate the Law of Reversed Effect.  The Law of Reversed Effect if you remember is the harder you try at a thing the more likely it is you will fail.  The harder they are trying to consciously activate the state you are trying to trigger the more likely it is they will fail.

Another pitfall of setting triggers while the conscious awareness is checked in is that it will take more and more repetitions to set the trigger.  The reason for this is you will have to work harder to bypass the critical filters as they will still be in place if the person is consciously aware.

So the first step in setting Emotional Triggers is to use the 4 Stage Protocol, the second step is to induce a State.  This is done by actually giving direction to the person’s inner experiences; this will assist you in accessing hypnotic experiences.

Inducing a State is easiest done by asking questions that will be vivid enough to bring the experience back to life.  There are other tools in your language that will help you with this.  The main language skills you will want to use are detailed descriptions that bring a set of vivid pictures and feelings to the forefront of the listener’s mind.

By doing these detailed descriptions in vivid detail you will be triggering an already existing emotional trigger.  This is a trigger that was previously developed through environmental experiences or because you created it purposefully in a previous session to trigger the state you are looking for.

Pre-existing triggers, whether created environmentally or by you, will be helpful in your job as a hypnotist especially when working with the same subject consistently.  This happens because once a person is used to or recognizes your hypnotic tone or auditory shift to a hypnotic voice it will tend to trigger responses much quicker. 

This shift to your hypnotic voice when working with your regular clients will help them in accessing hypnotic experiences.

This is why you must develop several different voices.  Your speaking voice must have a different tonality than your normal speaking voice otherwise you could send people into trance at inappropriate times. 

Think about if you were to always use your hypnotic tone with people who are conditioned to go into trance when they hear it.  It can produce dangerous situations for you and your subjects.  Hypnotic states should only be accessed when the person is in a situation where they are not consciously concentrating on any other thing.

At this point we should add that it is important to really polish your skills so that you are aware that you are only setting triggers and inducing hypnotic states when the outcome will have a positive effect.  These should be used to bring to light positive changes in a person and because these triggers are set accidentally around you and possibly by you everyday it is important to become aware to only do it when the time is right.

The third step in creating Emotional Triggers is to intensify the State.  This is pivotal; you must produce the cleanest, clearest and most pure state of mind possible in order to get the best result in setting your trigger.  The stronger your subject’s state the easier it will be to not only set the trigger but also to activate that trigger to access the state again later. 

Finally the fourth step in creating an Emotional Trigger is to associate the State to the Emotional Trigger.  This is just as it states, you will be attaching the clean state of mind to the emotional trigger you want it associated with.  After you accomplish this you will use the ABSAIL formula to link it all to an action that is carried out by the person you are working with. 

After you have accessed a clear state of mind you will set your trigger, this is done simply by firing the trigger.  Do whatever it is you want the trigger to be, if it is your voice use that voice.  If you want the trigger to be a gesture or mannerism use that specific gesture or mannerism. 

Remember that your tone of voice is important and will often work alone with those you have been in hypnosis with before.  It is also important to remember that the trigger you set should be something you can use within the context of a normal conversation.  This way it is easy for you to fire the trigger later with little to no extra effort.

It is important to also remember that setting and creating Emotional Triggers in people is a powerful action and will be one of the key elements in the basis of your hypnosis.

A quick review of the vast amount of information here is that you will set Emotional Triggers by accessing a pure state of mind.  At the height of their emotional experience you will set off the trigger you have chosen, this attaches that state to that trigger meaning whenever you want to access that set of emotions in a person you will use that trigger to do so.

It may be possible that with some subjects you will need to repeat or condition the trigger, this is simply done through repetition.  Always keep in mind that the more powerful the state is the easier the trigger will set. 

After you have set your trigger you will want to test it to be sure it was set correctly and accessing the correct emotional state.  This is done by breaking the state the person is currently in and re-firing the trigger, then observe.  If the person re-enters the same state, meaning you see the signals that show you they have re-entered that state, your trigger was successfully set.

You will remember these signs from the Signal Recognitions System we reviewed earlier in these articles.