Disjunction

Disjunction is a lot like linking, but it makes a contrast or choice while it slips in an embedded command or leading statement. For example, “I don’t know whether you will give your full attention to this section, or think of some other useful information about your experiences, or even relax and learn while in a deeply relaxed state.” 

In this example, all three options are desirable. But it starts out as if I would say, “I don’t know whether you will give your full attention or not.” The implied “not” can bring up any feelings of resistance or self doubt about one’s ability to focus and pay attention. As a result, we now have some transderivational search contributing to the trance and open-mindedness. 

But we also have the unexpected shift into a very different statement (“…or think of some other useful information…”) 

Instead of causing alertness, this unexpected shift can also contribute to trance, because it, too, elicits transderivational search. 

The stable pattern of the wording also facilitates trance, as it continues to simply take the form of choices that more or less pace the person’s experience. And embedded in the last two choices in the statement is the Ericksonian technique of utilization. In this case, utilization of the mind’s tendency to wander. We remind the subconscious, since it is going to wander, to bring up useful experiences, or to learn while the conscious mind is distracted. 

You can try this with volunteers among your friends. Afterwards, ask them if they recall any of the three choices that aren’t exactly choices. It can be a game and they can learn with you.

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