PHRIT

Introduction

This is a simple yet effective way to set-up a post-hypnotic re-induction. PHRIT is useful for teaching clients to respond to post-hypnotic suggestions, as well as saving time in subsequent sessions.

It works by essentially teaching the client how to respond progressively. As such, it is perfect for hypnotists who lack experience in working with post-hypnotic suggestions, or who worry that they lack the confidence to pull off a re-induction.

Transcript

[Begin by inducing a light trance, or simply helping the client to relax. Then say:]

Now that you've seen how quickly you can relax, I would like you to know that the next time you take four deep breaths, on the 4th breath out you can say the word "relax" in your head and allow your eyes to close. You can then bring yourself right back to this place.

The next time you take four deep breaths, on the 4th breath out you can say the word "relax" in your head and allow your eyes to close. You can then bring yourself right back to this place.

And you can nod your head to let me know that you understand and accept this idea.

[Client nods head.]

So, as, I count from 1-3, when I reach 3 you can open you eyes and we can carry on talking. 1, 2, 3.

[Client opens eyes]

How was that? You seemed to be enjoying yourself.

"Yeah! That felt great."

Okay, so when you're ready, you can take four deep breaths and as you breathe out the 4th time you can say the word "relax" in your head and allow your eyes to close and take yourself back into that pleasant experience.

Take four deep breaths and on the 4th exhalation you can say the word "relax" in your head and allow your eyes to close and take yourself back into that pleasant experience.

[Client takes four deep breaths, closing their eyes on the fourth breath.]

Now that you know just how powerful your mind is, and how easily you can return to this deep state of relaxation, I want you to know that the next time you take four deep breaths, you can let those eyes close on the fourth breath as you say the word "relax" in your head. You can then allow yourself to come right back to this place.

Just nod your head to let me know that you understand and accept this idea.

[Client nods head.]

And I will count from 1-3, and on 3 you can open you eyes... 1, 2, 3.

[Client opens eyes]

And when you're ready to return, you can take four deep breaths, say the word "relax" in your head and go back.

[Client takes four deep breaths, closing their eyes on the fourth breath.]

And now I want you to know that the next time you take four deep breaths, saying the word "relax" in your head on the fourth exhalation, your eyes will close and you'll come right back to this place, if not even deeper.

The next time you take four deep breaths, saying "relax" in your head on the fourth breath out, your eyes will close and you'll come right back to this place, if not even deeper.

Nod your head to let me know that you understand and accept this idea.

[Client nods head.]

And now, as, I count from 1-3, on 3 you can open you eyes... 1, 2, 3.

[Client opens eyes]

Now, go ahead and take 4 deep breaths...

Whenever I intend to set a post-hypnotic suggestion (PHS), I now always start by doing a suggestion for re-induction. That way, the client knows that they can do this and does not doubt or question the realism of the suggestion.

It is possible to add a variation to PHRIT, where one less breath is taking on each re-induction. This can be culminated with the re-induction being triggered with the simple word "relax" (or whatever word you choose).

Tips

The keys to PHRIT are:

  1. Fractionation
  2. Progressive Permissive Suggestions

This method of installing a post-hypnotic suggestion for re-induction works very permissively. The suggestion is made and agreement is sought. The client is then brought back and taken "under" again. The suggestion is made again, only less permissively.

This proceeds until the re-induction is accepted - and practiced - as a clear and direct suggestion.

See also

Revisiting Hypnosis by Graham Old