Is hypnosis NLP? IS NLP HYPNOSIS?
What is the difference?
The short answer is: hypnosis is not a form of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. And NLP can absolutely be used without hypnosis.
NLP is a therapeutic model, a set of techniques and processes that involve communication, problem-solving, and self-development, based on the proven techniques of famous psychiatrists and therapists.
Hypnosis is a form of focused attention that can be used to achieve a desired outcome. It is a natural state, not a therapeutic model and it is by itself not therapeutic in nature, as you can see in stage hypnosis.
While both techniques can be used for self-improvement, they are thus distinct.
So, now that you know this, you can simply leave this page or… maybe you want to hear some fascinating backstory and the dark side of both techniques… in that case, do read on for the long answer!
Let start with the oldest technique, hypnosis. It has been practised for as long as we know, sometimes with enhancers in the form of consciousness expanding drugs, sometimes through ritual trances, like in the sleep temples of the ancient Middle East and Greek civilisations. The Greek word hypnos means sleep. Still today, there are religions that encourage an altered state of mind to enhance healing by laying on hands, swirling, dancing, drumming or speaking in tongues. But hypnosis is a survival skill older than humanity.