The Milton Model – Modeled from Milton H. Erickson, M.D.
1. Mind Reading: Claiming to know the thoughts or feelings of another person without saying how you knew, as if you were reading their mind.
2. Lost Performative: Sharing a value judgement on someone or something, but not saying who is did the judging.
3. Cause and Effect (C>E): Implying that one thing causes or caused another. It’s not necessary for it to be true, only to sound plausible. Implied Causatives include:
4. Complex Equivalence (CEq): Referring to two things as being equal, as in their meanings being equivalent.
5. Presuppositions: Any of the presuppositions from page 35 or other presuppositions.
6. Universal Quantifiers: Universal generalizations that don’t specify who or what you’re referring to.
7. Modal Operators: Words of possibility or necessity. These words usually form the rules in life (can/can’t, should/shouldn’t, must/musn’t, will/won’t, etc.)
8. Nominalizations: Verbs or processes that have been frozen in time by turning them into nouns. The test is, “Can I put it in a wheelbarrow?”
9. Unspecified Verbs or Unspecified Predicates: Verbs that don’t specify the action taken.
10. Tag Question: A question added after a statement, designed to displace resistance.
11. Lack of Referential Index: A phrase where the subject is not a specific person or thing.
12. Comparative Deletions (Unspecified Comparison): Comparison to someone or something that’s not specified.
13. Pacing Current Experience: Describing the client’s experience in a way which is undeniable.
14. Double Binds: Offering the illusion of choice to make sure the client does what you want them to, because both choices are the same.
15. Conversational Postulate: A permissive command that sounds like a question.
16. Extended Quotes: Quoting a person, who quotes another, who quotes another, etc, becoming impossible to tell where one quote leaves off and the next begins.
17. Selectional Restriction Violation: Personifying an inanimate thing. For example, a body part.
Run on sentences:
Pause at improper places.
Incomplete sentences: The sentence is left unfinished (forced mind-reads)
19. Utilization: Using what the client has said, done or related from their model of the world.
Client says, "I am not sold."
You say, “That's right you are not sold, yet, because you haven’t asked the one question that will have you totally and completely sold."
Putting it all together:
"I know that you’re wondering... and it’s a good thing to wonder... because... that means... you are learning many things... and all the things, all the things... that you can learn... provide you with new insights, and new understandings. And you can wonder, can’t you? One can, you know. And it’s more or less the right thing. You are sitting here, listening to me, looking at me, and that means that you can learn this easily, or without any effort at all. It’s totally up to you. Can you feel this is something you understand? Because, last week I was with Michael who told me about his training in 2006 in Orange County when he talked to a student who said that her mother learned from a magazine article that change is easy. I wonder how your ears feel, having heard such a thing. You can hear that here...
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