Embedded Commands Explained - Language Pattern of NLP & Hypnosis
What are Embedded Commands in Simple English?
Simply put an embedded command is taking what would be a direct command (e.g. let go of my anxiety now), softening it and allowing it to become an indirect suggestion. Putting a direct command into a larger sentence or even a metaphor will soften it and make it more subtle. This in turn changes it from what could be seen as barking and order at someone to gently, indirectly suggesting something to someone.
Example of Embedded Command in a Metaphor for Anxiety
Softened Subtle Indirect Suggestions
NLP & Hypnotic Language Heard by Your Subconscious
This technique can be used with a client who is in or out of hypnosis as it speaks directly to the subconscious. The subconscious picks up the emphasis given to the embedded command though using a lower tone of voice and the pauses in delivery. It is a subtle technique and as long as your client has told you something like “I want to let go of my anxiety now” it will be agreeable to them. It is even more agreeable to them as it is their own words, just as it was spoken to you.
D. Waller, B. Turner (2022) Advanced Anxiety Management
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