March 22nd, 2009
Ericksonian Hypnotic Language Patterns
There are two ways of using the word “yet” that are both very effective.
1. You can use “yet” at the end of a sentence or question to imply that in time, whatever was missing will be supplied. I find it very effective to pause - meaningfully - before saying the word.
“That’s true, you haven’t mastered these skills… yet.”
“Perhaps you won’t go into the deepest level of trance… yet.”
‘Now, I know you haven’t become totally sold on this proposal… yet.”
2. The second way to use “yet” is to use it as a connecting word in a punctuational ambiguity. I love this way of using the word “yet” because it can have dual meanings. You can use it with the same meaning as in the above examples, or you can have it have a meaning synonymous with “and” or “but” connecting to the next phrase.
Check out the following quote that Chris Hall attributes to Richard Bandler. Once, as a student at one of Bandler’s early NLP trainings, she found herself confused by instructions Richard gave for an exercise. She went up to Richard to ask for clarification. This is what she reports he said:
“Well, you know that you can
sometimes feel confused and not know…yet…
continue to learn because…
your conscious mind is very smart and…
Because of the punctuational ambiguity in this sentence, it could be read one of two ways. It could be read like Method #1 above: “…feel confused and not know… yet.” (implying that you will in time). OR it could be read like this “…feel confused and not know, yet continue to learn.” (as simple connecting language)
BUT - BECAUSE of the ambiguous way it is said (as in Method #2 above), with pauses in the right places and the right tonal emphasis in the right place, the listener gets BOTH meanings. It’s way cool.
Perhaps you are not quite sure, yet, are enjoying learning more and more with each blog post… Now… I don’t know if you are one of those who really do write out your own original examples… yet…