What is Hypnotic Voice and How Can You Use it in Hypnosis?
Have you had the experience of being bored by a public speaker?
Yes, probably. Even if you tried hard, it was impossible for you to concentrate on speech. You forced yourself to listen carefully to each word, but against your will, your mind drifted.
Why did your mind drift?
Because speaker’s voice was putting you into a trance state. Yes, the voice alone can enter anyone in a trance state. So your voice is very important for the entire hypnotic experince.
It’s impossible to state with certainty which vocal level or tone will help you more to succeed in hypnosis. Each hypnotist use his or her own hypnotic voice. But general rule is that, you should use normal, slow voice and a soft, clear tone in hypnosis therapy.
Certainly, stage hypnotists must use strong and powerful tone, because they are doing a show for the audience and talk with several persons at the same time.
There are 2 types of voice for hypnotic inductions: monothone or rhythmic.
The monothone voice allows you to stay focused, because there is nothing distracting or diverting. For example, “You will continue relax and now let all of the muscles in your body relax and fell those muscles smooth, smooth and relaxed. . .”
The rhythmic voice creates peacefulness and lulls you into a trance. For example, “Now you are relaxing all the muscles in your back“.
There are other elements of voice which are used throughout the induction. Here are those elements:
Word distortion for emphasis. These are used to achieve a special, desired effect. For example, “Feel the muscles loooose. . .”
Raised pitch. The raising voice is mainly used in posthypnotic suggestions. For example, “and now you will stop smoking!”
Uninterrupted rhythm. This rhythm is established through the use of connective words. For example, “Feel yourself relax and continue to relax and just relax deeper and feel you entire body relaxing deeper and deeper. . .”
Silent pause. Silent pause is used to allow time for you to respond to a suggestion or command. For example, “Now take a deep breath. [Pause.] Now exhale. [Pause]
As said above, each hypnotist has to work out how to use their own voice to maximize the results of hypnosis. And the most important is that you must use your voice to apply hypnosis techniques properly.