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Hypnosis 101 - 'Yes Sets'


You may be asking yourself: ‘What is a ‘Yes Set?’

A ‘Yes Set’ sometimes also known as a compliance set is an effective method that the hypnotist uses to reduce or eliminate resistance on a conscious/sub-conscious level within the subject to create compliance.

By getting your subject to agree to statements of fact (undeniably true) you increase your chances of them responding to suggestions that follow. The best way to begin building a yes set is to pace the subject’s ongoing experiences. You could use physical truisms such as:

You’re standing/ sitting there (yes)…

listening to the sound of my voice (yes)…

Noticing you’re breathing (yes)…

You’ll eventually learn to pace anything within the client’s environment for example:

The sun is shining (yes)…

You can hear dogs barking (yes)…

You can see the wall in front of you (yes)…

To further build the ‘Yes Set’ the hypnotist then offers commands to do small tasks. The language is often quite permissive. For example can you, c