Hypnosis script for Nail Biting
stop nail biting

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Nail biting is a common problem that is easily treated with hypnosis. Even though the problem is common hypnosis will work better if it is tailored to fit the exact experience of the current client. Everyone experiences their problem in their own unique way. This part of the tutorial shows how to identify beliefs and resources

IDENTIFYING beliefs and resources

In order to understand the behaviour of nail biting it is necessary to identify how the client experiences the problem, and to find out what resources and barriers the client has. This checklist of questions is used to prompt the therapist and helps to reveal why, when and how the client bites or chews their nails. It may also identify resources the client has that can be used against the nail biting habit. These answers provide a set of precise targets and resources unique to the client that can be used during hypnosis.

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Nail biting: RESOURCES

 

Target Area

HISTORY of NAIL BITING

 

When did you start?

Environment

Why did you start?

Beliefs

How often do you do it?

Behaviour

CURRENT PATTERNS OF NAIL BITING

 

When do you bite or chew your nails?

Triggers, Environment

What do you like about it?

Belief

What do other people think about your nail biting?

Peer pressure resources

How do you know when to start and when to stop?

Environment, Triggers

RESTARTING

 

Have you ever tried to give up?

Motivation

Why did you stop?

Motivation

How did you stop?

Resource

How long did you stop for?

Resource

Why did you restart?

Triggers & Environment

RESOURCES

 

Personal Experience - stopping

Capability

What have you tried?

Resource

Other people's experience

Resource

What is the worst thing about nail biting?

Beliefs

Will other people support you to stop?

Resource

BELIEFS ABOUT NAIL BITING

 

Why do you do it?

Identity, Beliefs

Why don't you just stop?

Identity, Beliefs

What do you think when you see other people nail biting?

Beliefs

Is there anything would stop you stopping?

Beliefs

MOTIVATION

 

Why do you want to stop now?

Beliefs, negative & positive

How do you know you can stop now?

Capability

What will others think when you stop?

Resource

BEHAVIOUR AFTER STOPPING

 

What will be different when you stop?

Capability, Rewards

What will you be able to do when you stop?

Visualisation, Capability

What will other people say when you stop?

Resource

What will your nails look like when you stop?

Visualisation

What are you going to do instead of nail biting?

Alternative behaviours

What will be the biggest benefit?

Motivation Resource

 

 

 

The therapist would not normally ask all these questions directly. Most of the information will be provided when the client describes how their experience their problem. The check list is just to ensure that no potentially useful areas are missed.

As well as being a source of information for the therapist, the constant reiteration of 'How will you stop, when will you stop, what will people think when you stop' etc. works on the client by priming the subconscious mind to think about stopping even before the session begins.

The Behaviour After Stopping section is important. Most clients with long term habits have never actually thought about not nail biting, and have no clear images of what they would be like without it. They are unlikely to offer this information unprompted, so any time spent in this section will put positive images into their mind which can be used as a resource once the session starts.

 

 

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The session was recorded and transcribed for teaching purposes. The whole script is listed in step 5, with comments explaining what each section and each sentence is doing.

 

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