A Brief History of Conversational
It is important to know
the history of conversational hypnosis because it came about
over the course of over 100 years. Several people
contributed to the vast amount of knowledge that has now
become conversational hypnosis. It is important to point out
that not one doctor or psychologist came up with the idea of
conversational hypnosis. Rather, it was a sort of evolution
that was created by many over the years.
The first major scientist to contribute to the fascinating
topic of conversational hypnosis was Ivan Pavlov. Pavlov was
perhaps most well known for the term “conditioning.” Pavlov
taught dogs to associate food with the ringing of a bell.
The dogs would salivate when given the food. Overtime,
Pavlov exposed the dogs to the food and would ring a bell at
the same time. When the food was taken away and only the
bell was rung, the dogs still salivated. With conditioning,
Ivan Pavlov paved the way for conversational hypnosis.
The next scientist to contribute to conversational hypnosis
was Dr. John B. Watson. Watson was a behavioral scientist.
He was well known for taking the basic principles that
Pavlov had established and applying them to humans. Watson
studied people, their behavior and how their behavior was
influenced by their environment. Conversational hypnosis has
a lot to do with behavior and Watson was able to influence
the evolution of conversational hypnosis.
B.F. Skinner was another behavioral scientist who
contributed to conversational hypnosis. We live in a
stimulus response world and B.F. Skinner realized that. He
realized that if you have a certain stimulus in the
environment then it would illicit a response. He took what
Dr. Watson had done and really took it to the next level.
Skinner developed what is known as “radical behavioralism”
which included thinking, perception and emotion in studying
behavior of humans.
Milton Erickson was one of the first to be an advocate of
medical hypnosis. He also was a major contributor of Neuro
Linguistic Programming (NLP) which is a major component to
conversational hypnosis. Erickson believed in the power of
suggestion and that your subconscious mind is always active,
the basis of hypnosis.
Lastly, Richard Bandler and John Grinder were the
co-founders of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). NLP is
the description of different communication techniques used
to interact with people. NLP also deals heavily on the idea
All of these people and their research has led up to the
idea and techniques of conversational hypnosis.
Conversational hypnosis is the idea that you can persuade,
manipulate, or control to get what you want. Of course,
conversational hypnosis should only be used for good.
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