Why can we use the induction method


Induction means introduction in NLP and hypnosis. After the preliminary talk, the actual hypnosis is initiated. Depending on the space and personal preferences, either a change to another room, a short break or a change to a special trance chair or lounger can be instructed. After the client has set himself up in such a way that he / she feels comfortable, the induction of hypnosis can begin. There are a number of different induction possibilities and it is up to the hypnotist to choose the most suitable method together with the client.

There are different ways to induce and bring about hypnosis. In addition to the fixation technique and classic stair induction, we can use other induction methods to initiate trance.

The aim is always to offer a pleasant and safe framework in which the client feels comfortable and can indulge in the new experiences and impressions of a trance.

Verbal induction techniques

Verbal hypnosis induction is carried out with the help of the most pleasant and vague guidance possible through words and a pleasant voice. There are also different possibilities (techniques) how trance can be induced verbally.


  • The three words induction
  • The staircase hypnosis
  • Free inductions (e.g. the timeline / gallery hypnosis)
  • Fixation method

Confusion / overload

The limiting ability to process only a limited amount of information at the same time is used here to cause brief confusion. This confusion and simultaneous overload leads to rapid fatigue, similar to the fixation method. During the confusion, direct suggestions can also be used to initiate a trance.

Lightning hypnosis and "handshake - interrupt"

Rapid inductions are called lightning hypnosis and are intended to bring about a deep trance state in the shortest possible time. These induction techniques are on par with all other inductions, but in some cases they can be considered particularly effective. Flash inductions can offer an excellent alternative, especially for clients for whom a verbal or classic induction method is too lengthy or not appealing enough.

As a rule, the lightning induction is also associated with a certain authority and directness, which the client may well want (“I want to be blown away”). Nevertheless, especially with these rapid inductions, the rapport and the calibration to the physiology of the counterpart are particularly important.

Induction deepening by fractionation

Fractionation is an essential part of deep trance states. Fractionation is understood as the conscious breaking of a trance (without the client actually leaving this state) from a deep relaxation state to a more awake state in which the client can speak better to the hypnotist, only to allow him to enter an even deeper one shortly afterwards Enable trance than before.

In the course of hypnosis, fractionating is part of deepening the trance and can essentially be done in 3 different ways:

  1. With the help of trance and awake anchors, the client is guided back and forth between shallow and deep trance within a short period of time. With this technique, deep trance states can be reached in a short time.


  1. Without the use of anchors, the client is carefully guided back and forth between shallow and deep trance by addressing them directly. In this way, the hypnotist can gather a lot of information about the client's rapport and internal processes if he pays attention to your body language.
  2. The client becomes unconsciously fractionated through confusion techniques and language. With this technique, the hypnotist receives the least amount of feedback from the client (because the eyes do not open), but enables them to have a particularly gentle and unbroken trance experience.

There are few qualitative differences between these three techniques, but there are better and worse opportunities to use them. Technique 1 is best suited for quick inductions, which in turn work best with experienced clients - newcomers to hypnosis can be shocked when they notice how rapidly their condition can change (which also applies to lightning hypnosis!). The second technique is ideal for individual sessions with less experienced clients and those who need a lot of security and caution in their trance experiences. The third technique, on the other hand, is excellent for use in groups and in hypnosis that are intended to represent a particularly coherent experience (such as dream trips). It is best recommended in one-to-one sessions for clients whose ways of going into trance you understand particularly well. How do you best apply these 3 techniques?

The initiation and course of a trance is characterized by different stages, similar to sleep, by phases of deeper trance and also of lighter trance. The change in these phases is very different from one individual to the next and can also vary like a person's attention span. The phenomenon of an overall stronger trance deepening can be observed when this phase change is intensified. This is known as fractionation.

It is therefore possible to deliberately lead clients deeper into the trance, then lead them out of the trance, re-initiate the trance and repeat this process several times. After a few repetitions, the state reached will be many times lower than the previous one.

A well-known induction technique that makes use of this phenomenon is induction according to Dave Elman (1900 - 1967). He developed this to initiate deep trance states easily and quickly.

Mario Grabner, MSc, MA

Business Psychology & Management

Mario Grabner is a business psychologist, entrepreneur and founder of myNLP. As the only NLP trainer in Austria and Germany, he was personally trained as an NLP trainer by both NLP founders, John Grinder and Richard Bandler. MyNLP is one of two institutes worldwide that work personally with NLP founder John Grinder and organize joint seminars. It is a great honor and we are very proud of it.