Superhero hypnosis peer supervision talk May 2022
Welcome to Superhero hypnosis
What superhero were you as a child?
Write it down.
Who are your all-time favourite superheroes?
Write them down.
I loved She-Ra, The Hulk, Thunder Cats and Superman as I got older, I got into science fiction so characters like Dr Who, who can time travel and Jean-Luc Picard, who discovered ego state therapy well parts therapy via arkeological artefacts in space.
Still loving the sci-fi heroes, I think my all-time Favourite is Dr Strange. Originally being a brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon strange gets into a horrific car accident which results in his hands becoming damaged beyond repair. His hands being his tools he experiences great loss, depression and as western medicine fails him; he chooses to travel to Kathmandu where he is introduced to the ancient one.
She discloses the astral plane, other dimensions, and the multiverse. to him, she explains that the earth is protected by three sanctums’ one in New York one in London and one in Hong Kong.
He goes on a rapid healing journey or self-exploration before having to step up rapidly to fight Dormammu.
It wouldn't be Star Wars Day without discussing Star Wars and Psychology.
In Star Wars we see stories of the struggles that the characters have, to understand, and overcome, deep problems of identity, truth, freedom and the tragic or darker sides of life.
“I've become more powerful than any Jedi” says count Dooku in attack of the clones.
In Star Wars the dark side is more powerful than the light it's one of the reasons the villains like Darth Vader, Count Dooku, Emperor Palpatine and Kylo Ren are so intriguing.
Even though these characters might not exactly be worthy of our admiration their descent into darkness was accompanied by an increase in their powers.
Often negative emotions and experiences do have a greater impact on people than the positive ones.
In one classic study researchers interviewed three groups of people some who had won the lottery approximately a year prior to the interview.
Some who had experienced a serious injury as a result of a car accident, also… about a year earlier.
And a control group of people who had experienced neither outcome.
A full year then passed and the lottery winners didn't report being any happier than those in the control group.
The positive emotions that undoubtedly existed soon after the win had quickly diminished. On the other hand, the accident survivors’ negative feelings persisted.
In other words, negative events appear to influence people in a longer lasting way, more than positive ones, negative emotions seem to stick around longer.
Professor Roy Baumeister and his colleagues documented in the review of general psychology the phenomenon of dark being stronger or negative emotions being stronger than the lighter ones in numerous areas of life including the ways we learn, our friendships and even our most intimate relationships.
Negative interactions such as arguments, appear to have a more powerful effect on romantic relationships than positive interactions, like bringing home flowers.
In fact, on the basis of his longitudinal studies of married couples, researcher and couple’s therapist John Gottman has proposed that negative interactions are five times more powerful than positive one.
The dark side does have advantages Emperor Palpatine in revenge of the Sith even says “the dark side is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.”
In addition to the general idea that the dark is more powerful than the light, when people access the dark side of the force, they unlock specific powers that practitioners of the light side lack.
I'll probably never learn or be able to teach my clients how to shoot force lightening from fingertips, but research does show that darker emotions activate certain useful abilities within us that are positive.
In other words, negative emotions, negative experiences, traumatic events, while horrific and certainly unpleasant can also be very useful.
Anger can cause us to become violent and hurt other people, but it can also motivate us to fight peacefully against injustices.
Anxiety and fear can hold us back from taking necessary risks, but it can also lead us to take practical steps to protect ourselves and the ones we love.
Sadness can lead us to isolate ourselves and wallow in misery, but it can also lead us to reconsider our lives and ultimately make better choices.
As Palpatine so rightly said in revenge of the Sith “I can feel your anger. It makes you stronger, gives you focus."
Negative emotions focus our attention on possible sources of harm helping us to eliminate or avoid them.
The dark side can easily consume us, and as Yoda says in the Empire Strikes Back “once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you, it will”.
But we know that this is not really how negative emotions work.
They are a normal and unavoidable part of life, at least in measured amounts, and it's not in our best interest to avoid them completely. Particularly as they do provide us with opportunities to grow, learn, and develop new skills.
I often say to my clients it's when they are in a dark place, and they feel trapped, that actually, they are like a seed in the earth covered in soil, it may be dark, they may feel like they're dealing with a heap of manure. However, they are in just the right conditions to germinate and grow and then they'll flourish and blossom as a result of the experiences they’ve had.
Counter-intuitively the best way to decrease negative emotions in the long run is to allow yourself to experience them in the short run.
Dark emotions can sometimes be useful, and these feelings don't have to consume us, it's helpful for us to provide a safe space, tools and techniques that enable our clients to accept the darker feelings to embrace them to feel them, they won't turn us to the dark side, they may even help us to tap into our inner Jedi powers.
As children when we play at being superheroes, we tap into the super versions of ourselves. Pretending to be these characters in childhood helps us to form our identities and with simple timeline therapy we can regress back and connect with these super versions of ourselves.
As we get older shouting thunder..thunder..thunder Cats Ho!
Or running about with a bath towel tied round our neck becomes a little more unacceptable we take our superpowers undercover, hiding our strengths under our mortal disguises.
One of the reasons I love hypnosis is that it engages the imagination it allows us to tap unto our superpowers.
Life often throws challenges our way, perhaps we need to have great confidence, take risks or have the ability to sit with those negative, painful emotions. Having a sense of our own inner strength can really be helpful.
Superhero hypnosis can help clients face challenges in life. Manage physical and emotional pain. Tap into their inner superpower, healing from trauma, Strengthening the ego and self-perception and supporting the immune system (Psychoneuroimmunology).
Let’s talk about Superhero Hypnosis and why its super!
With hypnosis we can step into Spiderman’s shoes and experience what it is like to be Spiderman, what it is like to shoot webs from our hands and swing from building to building.
Thinking about your favourite superheroes or villains what superpowers or abilities do they have?
How could these powers be helpful in therapy?
The superhero Metaphor
The superhero created or selected by the client is a symbolic metaphor.
As Ericsson suggested using hypnosis maybe a better way to work with clients, it avoids direct confrontation of their subconscious beliefs.
The use of metaphor especially via the representation of superheroes, or villains allows clients to express unconscious feelings, self-perceptions, and desires.
They can embrace and internalise desired traits and reject undesired ones.
Through the use of metaphors and indirect suggestion, deeper meaning can be conveyed and gained.
When a superhero is presented as a part of a story, the cause of the superpower, as well as how the hero lives, and their lives can bring a deeper message.
In some cases, you could use the superheroes characters and power as an anchor.
The superhero in hypnotherapy becomes a powerful medium for focusing on learning new behaviours, skills and emotions within the subconscious.
Managing pain with Superhero Hypnosis.
Pain has been viewed as evolving from either physical or psychological causes (Fordyce 1976, Sternbach 1978).
The most recent DSM-IV-TR addition offers diagnostic criteria for a “real/organic” or “functional/imagery” basis for pain.
Sellick & Zaza (1998) Found that in randomised controlled studies of hypnosis in managing cancer pain, substantial evidence for improvement exists when nonpharmacological pain management approaches are being used.
A constructionist view was proposed by Chapman and Nakamura (1998) who suggested that hypnosis alters the learned pain experience by interacting with feedback processes that prime the associations and memories connected to pain.
So how does superhero hypnosis help people who struggle with chronic pain or pain responses?
In hypnosis the client can become dissociated from the discomfort. Individuals say they have significantly reduced levels of pain the discomfort is more tolerable and more controllable.
Certainly, when in deeper trance estates, the somnambulistic or Esdaile state, pain responses are lowered or even switched off altogether.
Gruzelier (1998) said that the interior cingulate cortex in conjunction with the frontolimbic inhibitory processes enables clients to suspend reality testing and critical evaluation (both conscious characteristics). In addition, the amygdala is inhibited, and the hippocampus is activated.
Suspending reality is exactly what we do when we become Wonder Woman, Superman or Jean Luc Picard. Hypnosis as a way of accessing The Super abilities of superheroes and enabling them to be experienced in a unobstructed cognitive and physiological manner.
Clients who experience pain, be it physical or emotional maybe more susceptible to hypnosis and induced superhero characteristics or qualities.
Clients who struggle with pain may even spontaneously move into an altered state of awareness and may rapidly enter trance as a means of escaping their pain (Araoz 1985).
Chronic pain has been shown to have both a physiological and psychological component. It has been shown to result in lowered self-esteem, hopelessness and despondency, which can be alleviated in part by hypnosis (Turk and Holzman 1986) via empowerment and pain management.
Acute pain is frequently associated with an increase in anxiety. This is when the patient is still trying to escape the pain and they’ve not developed neural pathways (Melzack and Wall 1986) or strong emotional associations to the pain yet.
If these associations and pathways can be circumvented by empowering the patient with super heroic levels of physical and emotional strength, the acute pain pathology may be prevented from becoming chronic pain pathology.
Anbar (2001) found that children with recurrent abdominal pain in the absence of an identifiable physiological cause, respond positively following a single hypnotic session.
Traditional approaches may utilise glove anaesthesia with transference of the pain off the body, or out of the body, and various forms of dissociation and suggestion.
Carlson, et al (2000) reported on the effectiveness of hypnosis in helping patients to reinterpret painful experiences and reduce negative associations.
Hypnotic intervention enables patients to experience the qualities of superheroes in overcoming a multitude of emotional and physical limitations.
They can alter their sense of self, and in doing so take on alternative qualities and traits either covertly, self-perceived limitations or overtly, habitual changes.
By becoming a superhero character, while in trance and maintaining the ability to callup on the character, via post hypnotic suggestion or anchoring, the person can at will, transform into the character regardless of the place and time. These helpful character traits can be locked in and become conscious known viable parts of the self.
Go to techniques that work well with the Superhero metaphor.
Example 1 The healing garden
Here clients enlist their own healing forces.
After induction and deepener, choosing the appropriate depth of trance for your client, I recommend somnambulistic or Esdaile state when working with clients with discomfort.
Set up the healing garden space it's tranquil and peaceful it's comforting and secure it's beautiful there are lots of colours smells and sounds and sensations.
It's often useful to have a fountain or water feature, suggest clients can feel some of the spray or droplets from the water fountain, create a relaxing space where clients can relax easily suggesting they let go completely.
Suggest that this garden is a healing place where many people before them have come to benefit from the healing powers of the holy men and women those who have been in this garden through the ages. Suggest that these holy men and women have been sent to this garden by an almighty power to attend all those who visit the garden especially those that are suffering.
In this metaphor the holy men and the holy women are your superheroes. Suggest that the client can hear a voice calling to them, calling their name, and that the sound is moving closer to them, then appearing in front of them is a being of light, a being of infinite wisdom sent to them from a power that transcends all.
Suggest that they can feel that power perhaps a gentle warming sensation flowing through the body perhaps the healer can touch areas that need healing all the time suggesting that there is a growing feeling of wellbeing, this feeling of wellbeing can then move through every cell, every muscle, every fibre of their being, calming their mind, stimulating their own natural healing forces, seeking out discomfort, soothing, relaxing, encouraging blood flow, carrying vital oxygen and nutrients through the bodies systems to every organ, richly suppling the bodies defence system, moving to seek out all intrusions, regenerating, stimulating, purifying, healing.
Example 2 The He-Man metaphor.
In the consultation you could ask what feelings, thoughts and actions would help them to heal, rehabilitate or have reduced discomfort.
Now you have a list of characteristics their superhero would need to have to reduce their discomfort.
Let’s say for example that these needs are:
For example, a young male client diagnosed with cancer, on multiple medications, experiencing a range of pain, some directly attributable to his illness, in addition nausea, and discomfort as a side effect of medications.
The client chooses their favourite character, He-Man. He-Man like many superheroes is fearless and strong all powerful and immortal.
Once in trance the client is encouraged to experience the transformation from Prince Adam, the ordinary character into He-Man the strongest man in the universe.
What's important here is to enable the client to identify their fears with the illness, cancer, and pain, in the mortal state (Prince Adam state) then be able to face them with a reduced amount of fear and pain, head on, in their superhero immortal state (He-Man state).
An interesting note He-Man’s nemesis was a super villain called Skeletor, with this client the illness had metastasized to his bones so that was where the battle took place.
In trance reality is suspended, the client can easily transform himself first into Prince Adam, then to He-Man, then as He-Man enters back into the body of Prince Adam and fights Skeletor (his cancer) while feeling less pain.
Pain becomes dissociated, dissociated from discomfort, which meant he could shake off his pain.
Sadly, in the real world Skeletor ultimately won the final battle but via hypnosis and superhero transformation the client was able to fight with less pain until the end.
The client will need to learn how to enter a trance state, so self-hypnosis is very beneficial.
Once in trance he can began to experience the feelings and sensations of being Prince Adam (or the non-superhero character) at this point it's important to engage all five sensory modalities sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell as well as kinaesthetic sensations in all experiences.
Once he becomes Prince Adam the client can then transform into He-man, he would raise his imaginary sword (his crutch) and recite ‘by the power of grey skull’ (you can anchor these phrases or install an anchor to activate the superhero state) and transform.
Now the client is He-man he can imagine he has been transported to a new world that existed inside the body of Prince Adam.
Trance states allow this to occur, clients feel no pain and defeat Skeletor time and time again.
The results were that bone pain and medication side effects are also diminished the client would raise one of his crouches and recite the transformation phase ‘by the power of Grey Skull’ and upon returning his crutch to the side of his chair he became He-man. For girls you could use my favourite She-Ra.
Here the metaphor works great to feel empowered, strong, fearless, immortal and pain free as well as it having a psychoneuroimmunology imagery approach.
Dissociation as a hypnotherapeutic tool when united with superhero imagery can allow for pain reduction and new ways of processing information as well as for experiencing events without actually being there.
In this approach the client is regressed back, using age regression to find their superhero. During the age regression they are reminded of how their mind and their body continued to heal them and take care of them even though they were too young to consciously understand.
When you were born your body and mind knew how to heal your wounds and fight infections…. you didn't understand but your mind did... and it took care of you… you needed to just allow your mind and body to do what they knew how to do… your mind and body took care of you… just as they will take care of you now…
The focus is on allowing the individual to trust their unconscious mind to allow healing and to support it. Suggestions could be based around the idea that the mind may remember (for adults) images which help them to feel very strong in helping them to heal.
These images or feelings may be real or imaginary or anything that your mind creates… but you know that you can allow these sensations to occur so that you can continue to heal…. Perhaps there is a character or memory which made you feel super (disguised indirect suggestion) in the past…. Take your time and see what your mind presents to you.
Superhero Hypnosis to help with trauma.
As you probably know (or if you don't check out last month’s peer supervision) hypnosis is great for treating trauma. The benefits of hypnosis are also very well presented in the literature.
Hypnotherapists create their own session plans, their own scripts, to work with their unique client. They generate a story, or a metaphor based on what the patient brings to each session, that aims to meet their needs.
In sessions it's often a matter of following, and leading, the client into their own internal representations of the trauma, that is most effective.
At these times calling on superhero images, can assist in helping the client feel, either safely removed from the trauma, or more capable of confronting it.
The client is asked to discuss what qualities they need in order to face a given task or trauma.
I then asked which superhero could be of the most help to them, this technique without the use of a superhero is often used in ego strengthening techniques.
Instead of getting in touch with their inner child, or the part of themselves that has been injured by the trauma, the client is encouraged to communicate with their inner superhero.
We can incorporate techniques that guide the client to tune in to their self-talk, often negative self-talk, this can then be investigated to determine the underlying language which is supporting or maintaining the trauma symptoms.
Using superheroes as role models is an effective way of developing resilience and healthy patterns of behaviour when facing fears and physical challenges.
Superheroes always get up, even when facing defeat or despair. Luke sought out Yoda to become a Jedi. Batman overcame the loss of his family to become who he eventually became.
The use of superheroes as a tool during hypnotic intervention is really good when your client can’t imagine accomplishing a particular behaviour or overcoming a particular emotion.
Hypnosis can be described as a state of focused internally directed experiential learning, as a result, I find it helpful when Clients have great difficulty spontaneously imagining symptoms reducing or the desired behaviour or emotion occurring.
It is difficult to have individuals imagine behaviours they have not engaged in, or which are so anxiety invoking that they are avoided at all costs, here the superhero metaphor provides a framework and/ or a method that the client can use to help guide them towards their solutions.
I would encourage you to use superhero imagery break away from sensible sessions, incorporate humour and fun.
Ericsson often used metaphor and symbolic imagery to bring about change in his patients, metaphorical superhero ego strengthening stories provide patients with patterns they can readily call upon.
Clients are guided to visualise their favourite superheroes and I’ve found that with adults and teenagers it's helpful to take a very nondirective approach (guiding and encouraging not leading) when doing this due to the sense of silliness that many patients experience at this point.
In the session clients are encouraged to envision a favourite superhero to experience the world via their extended powers and abilities.
We can use age regression to bring the adult back to their childhood, the goal here being to engage the adult in childhood memories.
We can disassociate them from the rigid adult beliefs, self-images and fears of looking daft, allowing or giving them permission to engage in fantasy, to restore their beliefs in their abilities, their superhuman powers that have been lost overtime.
My go to techniques for trauma with superhero hypnosis.
I like the three-phase intervention protocol for PTSD. Each phase is composed of numerous parts, but the three phases are impact, post disaster and recovery.
Let's look at impact.
It's important to make the PTSD sufferer feel safe, reduce the severity of the symptoms, and increase inner resources by boosting self-esteem and self-confidence.
The aim is to improve emotion regulation, increase tolerance to distress, achieve a state of calm, a state of mindfulness, with control over the body.
A superhero that comes to mind that could be relatable or useable is Iron Man.
We can see Tony Stark using avoidance, changing the subject when Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) discusses with him the continuing dangers he will face as a superhero.
We see Tony Stark avoiding sleep as much as possible, to escape from his night terrors. When asked to sign children’s pictures about the battle of New York City, Stark has to leave the building to get his emotions under control, all relatable signs of anxiety and PTSD.
Stark had developed PTSD after a fight against Loki and his minions in The Avengers and we can see his struggle with anxiety attacks.
Stark constantly fears the day he will let down those he loves, and he deals with it by retreating from them, He begins to build as many Iron man suits as he can.
Each suit (and there are several) are a protective armour. They enable travel, they are portable suits known as a suitcase suit and they assemble around Starks body.
Covering each part of the body with a portable protective armour is a very useful metaphor. Many of us have used a protective bubble or a protective white light. We suggest that people surround themselves with a protecting white light or a bubble of protective energy, this shield metaphor prevents you from absorbing negative things from around you. The idea of all a light shield may be incorporated as a protective layer that covers your entire body or your aura depending on the beliefs of your client.
An energetic light shield or a suit of armour will bring about sensations of safety, security, comfort, energy boosting, fortification of your energy, protection from external forces getting to you. This kind of bubble or armour is robust, and clients could be guided to enable it to filter out specific information.
Secondly when a feeling of calm and safety has been achieved, we move to phase two.
The post disaster phase, this allows for a re-evaluation, a reappraisal of the traumatic, memories. The success of this phase does depend on the willingness of the subconscious mind to tolerate the discomfort of reviewing the memories and it can take a few weeks until the subconscious mind feels comfortable enough to release the critical information.
This could be better accessed and viewed if supported by a superhero or if in a suit of armour or as the superhero themselves.
We can help our client to understand what they didn't have in that space, we can hold their hand, we can guide them, we can release the trauma, and we can disassociate, we can empower them in this moment we can do this as the superhero or with the assistance of the superhero.
In Phase three the PTSD sufferer is out of the other side of the PTSD and into recovery here our aim is to help the client apply their new knowledge and new insight. Perhaps any new skills that you know they may have gained that enables them to better understand themselves and provide them with the tools to prevent a relapse.
They can take what they’ve learned from the superhero and apply it to their lives.
A client who was into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was struggling to speak about a sexual assault, opened up when discussing episodes of Buffy.
In Buffy the vampire slayer, Buffy the teen hero, experiences traumas of her own. When Buffy told her friend Spike the vampire, “everything I feel, everything I touch, this is hell”, the client reported that this was exactly how she felt every day.
Overtime with the help of seeing parallels between Buffy’s fictional experiences of overcoming traumas and living well after traumatic events, and her own reality, the client was able to understand that her thoughts weren't always accurate. She began to understand how to change her thoughts and adapt her behaviours and her mental health began to rapidly improve.
Superhero hypnosis ego strengthening and self-perception.
People often come for hypnosis to help get rid of specific symptoms or to stop certain habits. However, for some clients, to do this effectively we need to explore past issues that have resulted in damage to their sense of self, their self-perception in relation to others or in relation to the unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours they seek to stop.
For these client’s ego strengthening is a really helpful tool it gives the client the opportunity to examine or see things from a different perspective, to connect with alternative-selves and to experience, not just verbalise helpful ‘what if’ and ‘if only’ scenarios.
Clients can also question those negative internal mantras or negative self-hypnotic statements which may be damaging themselves or their self-definition.
This experience may teach clients how to reframe these negative thoughts and feelings and mantras into more positive statements more positive mantra's more positive images.
Ego strengthening is a process by which in hypnosis clients develop knew self-empowering definitions, in an experiential multi-sensory manner they get to try on new ways of being new personas and discard old ones that eventually no longer fit.
You may or may not know but I work with people struggling with substance misuse, many times, I've worked with a client that hasn't got a role model to draw upon. So, when attempting to create a knew personality and new definition of themselves or a new persona it’s a real challenge. Role models have either been absent or discarded, so superhero characters often fill these voids.
Other examples of this are the children or adult clients who have convinced themselves that they cannot do something, for example, speak in public, go live on Facebook, or stop smoking. They have perhaps defined themselves in a negative way, ‘I am fat’ or ‘I am ugly’ for many of these people they are unable to visualise themselves as anything different from their current self-definition.
Superheroes provide ideal archetypes for some of these personalities both positive and negative, eventually for some individuals the ‘as if’ becomes the ‘I am’.
Superhero hypnosis and Psychoneuroimmunology.
And its simplest form psychoneuroimmunology (needed to tap into my inner Jedi to say that) is the way of communication between the psyche, the mind, the central nervous system and the immune system Yang (2000).
Pain is a factor which in and of itself may promote immune suppression.
Stress is a second factor which has a profound effect on immune system functioning.
Stress reduction has been shown to promote immune system functioning and improved prognosis in disease processes (Sali 1997)
Hypnosis has been extensively utilised in pain control and stress management as well as indirectly addressing the immune system enhancement and disease processes. Bressler (2004) Points out that most people do imagery all the time primarily by worrying.
Since psychoneuroimmunology can be represented by three dimensions, the psyche, the neurology and immunology hypnosis can be used as an intervention that can positively impact any of these dimensions.
We can use superhero imagery Through the psyche to indirectly strengthen the immune system, or to attack disease processes, find imagery associated with healing.
Imagining Pacman scouring the lungs cleaning up cancer cells as well as carcinogens like tar and nicotine.
Superman freezing or burning out destructive tumour cells.
Atom Ant can shrink to molecular levels and repair damaged parts of the body.
These healing images have been written about for many years including Ericsson Rossi and Rossi in 1986. The restorative powers of the body can be massively enhanced through imagery.
Your Pacman character could munch his way through the body chewing up cancer cells.
Or you could get people to imagine Superman asking:
Can you see his red Cape?
and the big S on his chest?
Now you see Superman, can you imagine using one of his wonderful superpowers of flying through the sky?
I wonder if he will fly to the right first all the left.
Which way is he flying?
Superman often fights villains.
As you see Superman, I wonder which villain he will come upon?
What happens when he meets his villain?
Can you see the villain?
Now does Superman defeat the villain?
Which of his superpowers does he use?
He used his heat vision.
What happens?... it shrinks… good… do you know how it shrinks? Good… you are shrinking it by burning it up.
Using superheroes in hypnosis with children is easy and a useful tool.
Children embrace the opportunity to become superheroes in hypnosis because it feels so real.
We do need to be careful and responsible about our use of hypnosis and post hypnotic suggestion when working with children. We need to make sure that they don't attempt superhero feats like flying, in ways that will put them in danger, as Spiderman learned “with great power comes great responsibility”.
Using superheroes with adults is no different, I think the main barrier to successful therapy here is the therapists fear of looking daft and not the patients concern, which prevents many hypnotherapists from using superhero metaphors or using superheroes in hypnosis.
I have found that some adults do feel uncomfortable with this technique to begin with but the light heartedness of incorporating their favourite superheroes from childhood, often puts them at ease. This can be really helpful especially if they have fears of the therapy session being painful, heavy, serious or traumatic.
As we become adults the ability to alter physiological functioning via cognitive processes such as hypnosis becomes increasingly valuable. The use of superhero imagery can significantly enhance that process. Even the geriatric population were young once and had more prowess than they currently possess.
The opportunity to return to youthful fantasies is both psychologically and physically empowering. Suggestions of increased powers, pain control or functioning with anchors or superhero figures as cues associated with their prowess enable them to return to those bygone days building self confidence and trust in the powerfulness of hypnosis and its ability to enable them to become a Man of Steel a Wonder Woman a Jedi knight or even Vader himself.
Sometimes ask therapists we need every possible implement on earth or from space no matter how vague or fictional or silly to help our clients when I'm facing a situation that's overwhelming or daunting, I can simply close my eyes and use the force.
May the force be with you.