Fear Of Death
Milton Erickson was very much like Walter White.
Erickson was a real guy, White is a fictional character.
Walter White and Breaking Bad are considered top level TV.
Walter White has a very compelling character arc.
Underachieving guy turns into evil genius.
But the arc from underachiever to evil genius was very, very believable.
In each season, White accepted his death.
Then, he didn’t die.
And on other side, he became a much more evil genius.
Milton Erickson had a similar experience.
When he was a kid, he had polio.
He overheard the doctor talking to his mom.
“I don’t think young Milton is going to make it,” he heard.
“Damn dude, I’m gonna die!” Milton thought.
But he didn’t die.
What happens when you accept your death, and then don’t die?
Most fears vanish.
All social fears are based on an ancient terror of getting rejected, and getting kicked out of the tribe.
So, with this deep, mostly subconscious horror of death, the end of “us,” any kind of negative social attention makes us want to do ANYTHING to avoid that negative social attention.
Or avoid anything that might lead to any negative social attention.
Like stay on the sidelines, or hide inside of our comfort zones.
But once young Milton accepted death, but didn’t die, something happened.
That deep fear of death wasn’t so scary any more.
Which meant all the social fears that imply death is close by didn’t sting nearly so much.
It was under this context that Erickson developed conversational hypnosis.
Trial and error.
Most kids experiment with things.
Hooking up random wires, mixing random things just to see what might happen.
Experiment With Humans
Lucky for us normal humans, Erickson was not an “evil” genius.
But a “helpful” genius.
He experimented with language structure.
The different ways you can talk to people.
The different ways you can use existing language, and mix it up.
So he could covertly hypnotize people and cure them of their problems.
Structure of Language
Understanding language structure is VERY useful.
Not the verbs and nouns, but the various ways we express our thoughts.
The various reasons we express our thoughts.
Most of the time, everybody is on the same structural level.
Focusing on the content, not the structure.
So whenever we need to persuade, dissuade, or seduce somebody, we focus only on this CONTENT.
But when you step up just a little bit, and see things from a STRUCTURE level, it’s much, much easier.
Easier to persuade.
Easier to dissuade.
Easier to seduce.
Easier to do pretty much anything.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.