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Are songwriters natural hypnotists?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

People are so naturally drawn to music.

Think of a song that brings up deep feelings and ask yourself, why does it do that?

Is it the individual notes played one after another in sequence? Probably not.

Is it the rhythm or the baseline? That can get you grooving, but that’s probably not it.

Is it the words themselves? Maybe, but I think it goes beyond that.

It’s something about the words that makes them so special.

They’re so hypnotic.

I found a few of these lyrics from popular songs that come right out of the Erickson handbook for ambiguity, presuppositions and Milton Model patterns.

If you’re not familiar with what these patterns are, be sure to join my free webinar, “EXPOSED: Conversational Covert Hypnosis,” Wednesday, October 16th at 6:00 PM Pacific time. Click here to register for free to be in the webinar. Did I mention it’s FREE?

Hypnotic Language in Music

“Baby Come Back.  Any kind of fool could see. There was something, in everything about you.” (by Player: Ambiguity, universal quantifiers)

“Every breath you take. Every move you make. Every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.” (by The Police: Universal quantifiers)

“I’ve got to admit it’s getting better (Better).  A little better all the time.” (by The Beatles: Modal operator, comparative deletion, universal quantifier)

“Always something there to remind me.  I was born to love her, and I will never be free. She’ll always be a part of me.”  (by Naked Eyes: Universal quantifiers, unspecified verb)

“Jeremiah was a bullfrog.  Was a good friend of mine.  I never understood a single word he said, but I helped him drink his wine. zolpitem tartrate or ambien” (by Three Dog Night: Selectional restriction violation, lost performative, universal quantifier, nominalization)

“There is nothing to see here people keep moving on. Slowly their necks turn and then they’re gone. No one cares when the show is done” (by She Wants Revenge: Universal quantifier, lack of referential index, presuppositional adverb)

“I’ve done everything as you say. I’ve followed your rules without question. I thought it would help me see things clearly.” (by Hoobistank: Universal quantifier, nominalization, unspecified noun, presuppositional adjective)

These are just a few examples.

As you listen to your favorite songs and drop down into that nice, light, music trance, maybe your unconscious mind will allow you to hear these patterns that seem occur in all music.


Are your Presidential candidates hypnotizing you?

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

We’ve all heard rumors that governmental figures are using “mass hypnosis” to influence and sway the people of our great nations.

Most of the time, this sounds like some silly conspiracy theory. But after all the recent news about the elections, I think it’s time to find out if there’s any truth to the rumors.

I sat down to analyze the speech patterns of the top three candidates at the time of this writing (Mar 08) — Hilary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama.

Of course, without something to compare them to, numbers are just numbers. So I wanted to get some radically clear benchmarks for contrast. I picked one person who I’m fairly certain has no hypnotic skills — Bill Gates of Microsoft — and one who was notorious for his ability to hypnotize and influence the masses — Adolf Hitler.

In testing for hypnotic ability, I looked for these specific language patterns in a 500 word excerpt from each subject:

  • Erickson-style conversational hypnosis patterns
  • Presuppositions
  • Rich sensory-based language that guides the mind
  • Level of abstraction. The higher the abstraction, the more hypnotic the communication tends to be.

In addition, I made comments on whether or not, in my professional opinion, the language patterns are haphazard and incidental, or purposeful and intentional.

Here are the control results:

Bill Gates: Keynote at the 2006 CES show

12% hypnotic language. Mostly incidental. In my opinion, very representative of the average non-hypnotic speaker.

Adolf Hitler: Translated from his presentation to the Reichstag, Jan 30, 1937

45% hypnotic language. There were extensive use of presuppositions, nominalizations and modal operators similar to Ericksonian hypnotic language patterns. Though the text is translated, German is similar to English in terms of grammar and structure, and I think this is a good representation.

Now, The 2008 US Presidential candidates:

John McCain: Republican candidate, Jan 19, 2008 acceptance speech
18% hypnotic language. Mostly incidental. Little indication of actual hypnotic skill. Mostly, using kinesthetic predicates (feeling words) for high level concepts like patriotism, pride and duty to gain rapport with the crowd.

Hillary Clinton: Democratic candidate, Feb 5, 2008, remarks on Super Tuesday
32% hypnotic language. Mostly rapport building “matching” language. She builds universal quantifiers in an attempt to gain rapport with “everyone.”

Barack Obama: Democratic candidate, Feb 5, 2008, remarks on Super Tuesday
58% hypnotic language. Complete mastery of the language, including highly abstract pacing and leading language for creating emotion and motivation. In addition to the language patterns, he is fantastic at going higher up in level of abstraction beyond details, while still managing to sound relevant. He uses Ericksonian-style language patterns, including presuppositions and nominalizations extensively.

This is only a sample of 500 words from a single speech, but as you can see, Obama tops the crowd using nearly 60% hypnotic language patterns. In my opinion, this is purposeful language, likely written by a very skilled speech writer — perhaps someone trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming or Hypnosis.


PS – Here’s another great blog I found that echoes the same sentiment:

Greate Guys Weblog

UPDATE – September 6, 2008: My analysis of Palin’s RNC speech using the same criteria shows 25% hypnotic language. Good speech writer, but not as good as Obama’s.