Interactive Hypnosis is an innovative way of doing hypnosis developed by Dr. Giulio De Cinti. It does not include the procedures of classical hypnosis, nor those of Ericksonian hypnosis: in fact, suggestions (not even non-verbal ones) are used either for trance induction or to relieve the patient from his problems.
The definition of Interactive Hypnosis starts from the fact that all its methods allow the unconscious to be an active protagonist of the communicative exchange.
The hypnotherapist at any stage of the procedure uses suggestions, even though he communicates orally with the patient.
Interactive Hypnosis is produced using the non-verbal channel and it is activated when the patient himself agrees to stop the voluntary response to the questions that are asked and they are waiting for the involuntary unconscious.
What is Interactive Hypnosis
The unconscious is asked questions to which the answer could be either a “Yes” or a “No”, relating to the specific non-verbal movements previously agreed between the patient and the therapist.
Some patients, going through every question that is asked to them, enter into a brief hypnotic state that allows them to give an unconscious answer and then immediately after they come out from that state, to finally re-enter it again when the next question is asked. Therefore, they experience a series of short trances just one after the other. Others, on the other hand, in answering to the first question, enter into a state of trance and they wait for the next one until they are told that they are done with the therapy. In both cases they remain vigilant and can easily communicate verbally with the therapist.
In fact, the two channels can also work simultaneously. Therefore, while the unconscious responds through a non-verbal channel, the conscious mind can communicate through a verbal one.
The Interactive Hypnosis allows an effective dialogue with the unconscious, in the sense that the latter is placed in the position of being able to provide non-verbal answers, in which it gets to express something that was not even required in the question asked in the beginning.
Interactive Hypnosis Methods
The hypnotic techniques identified also allow direct and precise information coming from the unconscious, without the need for interpretation from the therapist. This is a very relevant aspect of this specific therapy. Often in psychology, patients tend to express themselves by using their unconscious, which it is not often the real representation of the reality – This requires the therapist to read and define which are the involuntary messages that the patients want to express. With the Interactive Hypnosis there is an effective dialogue allowing the unconscious to give the exact name that the therapist aims at identifying (a specific fear, a desirable goal, etc.).
Method with different forms of levitation
The patient, in an awake state, either sitting or standing, is asked to answer the questions by the unconscious with the levitation of the arms. The patient immediately after the question is asked to bring their arms forward waiting for the unconscious to answer “Yes” with a levitation of the right arm and “No” with a levitation of the left arm (for right-handed people).
The number of subjects able to access this method of communication with the unconscious is very broad. A further solution can be experimented within this method by inviting the patient to respond through a variety of options: involuntary downward movement; levitation of the forearms only; involuntary movement of the hands but also with of one or more fingers.
Method with non-verbal signals
The identification of the hypnotic method with non-verbal signals is the one which gives particularly effective results to date. For non-verbal responses a specific idea-motor signal is used: the staggering back and forth.
In hypnosis these idea-motor signals are commonly offered to the patient in trying to disorient them and to facilitate their entrance into the hypnotic trance. In this method the patient enters a specific type of hypnotic trance when, standing upright in a conscious state, he is invited to inhibit any voluntary movements and to wait for their unconscious and to answer with a “Yes” to the question received, through the forward oscillation of the body, and by saying “No” through the backward swing (it is required that the feet always remain still on the ground).
The patient is in alert state and they could always sustain a normal conversional with their hypnotherapist.
In the video gallery you will find some demos in which it is shown how the methods of Interactive Hypnosis can be used.
To deep-dive into the issues of Interactive Hypnosis, the “Restoring with Interactive Hypnosis“ work is now available, in which the theory and methods used together with a large number of illustrative cases are presented.