However, the bag question lies outside the language of ethical influence because it remains possible to reject its premise and simply decline a bag. A review of the recent Hypnodontist articles finds several examples of external presuppositions that will go unnoticed by the patient, making these presuppositions much harder to reject. Let's revisit just one.(2)
“I understand it is important for you to be comfortable. So when you get that crown, would you rather have nitrous oxide or hypno-anesthesia?” "When you get that crown" is an explicit external presupposition. It is likely to slide by without rejection for several reasons.
First, it is placed after a statement that paces and before a question that leads.(3) Second, the question being asked breezes right past the real question of whether the patient is willing to get the crown because getting the crown is already presupposed.
Third, if said with a slight drop in voice tone and a nod of the head, "get that crown" will register as instructions to the subconscious without raising resistance from the conscious mind. As previously noted, this is called an embedded command and will be explained in greater detail in an upcoming column.(3)
Dave Berman, C.Ht. trains dental professionals to use the language of ethical influence, practicing hypnodontics and hypnotherapy in the San Diego area. For more information, visit Hypnodontist.com or call 858-876-7930.