Presuppositions is a form of stealth tactics in covert hypnosis. They are basically linguistic assumptions, things that you assume to be true based on the language someone is using. For example, let’s use a statement with a few presuppositions built into it:
“Luckily, today there are seats at the back of the restaurant.”
- The ‘back’ of the restaurant exists, therefore, so does the front, and we’ve already distinguished between the two.
- Another thing we’ve distinguished is the time. By saying “today there are seats at the back of the restaurant”, it implies that the seats are not at the back on other days.
- There’s also a value judgement about the entire situation, by saying “luckily”.
There are many different types of presuppositions which can often be detailed and complex. For now, we’ll concentrate on a few rough presupposition categories.
Anytime you imply that you’re aware of something, you’re actually drawing attention to that awareness. So using words such as know, aware, realized and noticed, you’re already assuming that certain things are true. Let’s use the following statements as examples:
- “I know that the supermarket is not open today.”
- “Are you aware that the supermarket is not open today?”
- “Did you realize that the supermarket is not open today?”
Just notice how all these statements takes your awareness away from the supermarket not being open today or that the supermarket even exists. Instead, it focuses your attention on your awareness of the situation.
Therefore, if there’s any sort of resistance, it’ll be concentrated on the level of awareness and not the supermarket.
2) Time & Timed Sequence
You can also use presupposition to utilize time or a sequence of events. For example, when I say:
“You can begin to notice the vase on the table.”
Your attention is focused on whether you’re beginning to do this or not. It’s not focused on the subsequent events. What this means is that there are words (powerful hypnotic words)to use to imply time, such as begin, end, start, stop, continue and proceed.
You can also use a sequence of events to imply time. Words such as before, after, during, prior to, when, as soon as, are all words that imply a certain sequence of events.
“The third thing that I’m going to tell you after we’ve finished here is how to apply these techniques in your daily life.”
The emphasis first goes on the fact that we’re going to be finishing at all, by saying “after we’ve finished here.” Also, there’s an ordinate sequence used to indicate that things are going to happen. When I tell you that the third thing that’s going to happen is that you’ll learn how to use these skills, you’ll be wondering what the first and second things were.
What these things do is they tie up one’s consciousness into figuring out what all these random things mean, when in reality, they’re of no importance to me but allows the actual suggestion to slip by in the background.
3) Adverbs & Adjectives
Another presupposition is the use of adverbs and adjectives. Words such as fortunately, happily, luckily, deeply, curiously and easily, they all imply a certain quality in regards to the action. It will turn your focus on the quality rather than the action itself.
For example, if I were to say:
“The man is running”, you may question whether the man is actually running, or if he’s jogging or just walking at a fast pace.
Now if I say “the man is running quickly”, you’re more likely to say “well actually, he’s running pretty slow.”
The point of resistance is focused on how quickly the man is running, not on the fact that he’s running at all.
You don’t even have to be aware of how people use a chain of presuppositions as your unconscious mind will organize all of these things for you. The more you begin to use them, you’ll become aware of how simple they are to implement into normal conversations.
There are many different types of presuppositions and when you stack three or more of them on top of each other, people will start to lose track of what’s going on as they cannot consciously analyze what you’re saying.
I hope by now you can begin to understand how overloading someone with presuppositions cuts out all their ability to interfere with your suggestions on a conscious level. The only message conveyed to your subject’s mind is – “Make images within the mind, learn these things and enjoy this spontaneous process.”
You can use presuppositions during any conversation, so go and make the most of it.
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