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Hypnotic language provides a powerful tool for the transfer of learning in adventure therapy. It allows the therapeutic adventure practitioner to use the client's experiential language to enhance the isomorphic connections of the adventure activity and to draw upon and develop the client's unconscious resources to support client goals. This paper provides a basic outline of hypnotic language and examples of its use in adventure therapy. An introduction explains hypnotic language within the context of Erickson's model of psychotherapy and view of the unconscious as a place of untapped resources and strength. The basic model of Ericksonian hypnosis involves three stages: absorbing a person in an experience or activity, ratifying that absorption, and eliciting the person's inner resources to address the symptom or problem. Examples are given of practitioner language used in accomplishing each step, including statements of truisms to develop cooperative agreement between practitioner and client, permissive language that allows the client some choices, and language patterns that deliver suggestions and link them to the absorption process. A case example demonstrates how hypnotic language deepened a recovering addict's experience of the trust fall as a metaphor for letting go of resentment toward his father and receiving support from the group. (Contains 18 references.) (SV)

Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Hypnosis, Language Usage, Metaphors, Psychoeducational Methods, Therapy, Transfer of Training

Autor: Itin, Christian


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