Finding a Term That Describes the Hypnotic Process: Perceptionism
After having been advised by Socrates to look in a dictionary or thesaurus for a term that explains what makes the hypnotic process work—I did. I knew that it had something to do with visualization but visualization didn’t quite work—visualization infers seeing with one’s eyes but I needed a term that inferred “seeing” with one’s mind.
Merriam Webster Dictionary:
- Visualization—No definition
- Visualize—To see or form mental image
Merriam Webster Thesaurus:
- Visualize—Conceive, envision, imagine, conger up, see in the mind’s eye
I began trying out all of the alternatives but they still didn’t seem to fit. So I went back to the thesaurus to see if I could find some other term.
- Conceive—Ponder, ruminate, observe, see
- Observe—Watch, look at
- See—Mental vision, notice, discern, perceive
Perceive! We perceive with our mind. Perception does not infer seeing with one’s eyes. Sure we perceive with our five senses but we also have self-perceptions—how we perceive ourselves and how we perceive ourselves responding to people and events going on around us.
So I tested the effect of using perception (instead of visualization and all of the other alternatives) when working with clients; it not only had a more positive influence to help them to achieve the behavior they desired but by using the terms perception and perceive, the session just seemed to flow more smoothly.
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