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Hypnosis Training Video #310: Are Aversion Techniques Necessary in Hypnosis?

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Are Aversion Techniques Necessary in Hypnosis?

Happy Hypno-Tuesday! I keep the ball rolling in 2013 with Celeste Hackett, who makes her fourth appearance in a row on Hypnosis Etc. on

In this latest episode, Celeste brings up an excellent and interesting topic to discuss. She asks, “Are aversion techniques necessary in hypnosis and are they effective?” We explain what aversion techniques really mean and if they are useful for your practice. There are many misconceptions about aversion techniques and many hypnotherapists are wondering if it can be beneficial to their clients.

We provide numerous examples to help you get a better insight and understanding of how aversion techniques are used. Next, we explain a more effective method such as the “High Road” and “Low Road” technique, which can help your clients become more successful in the long run. We explain in full detail why using the “High Road” and “Low Road” technique is a much more efficient approach versus using aversion techniques. As you watch the video, our own experiences and thoughts will help you become a great hypnotist!

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Today’s Discussion Points:

  • What are aversion techniques?
  • Different examples of aversion techniques.
  • Are aversion techniques useful and necessary in hypnosis?
  • What is the “High Road” & “Low Road” technique?
  • Why is the “High Road” & “Low Road” technique a preferred and useful approach rather than using aversion techniques

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4 Reader Comments to Hypnosis Training Video #310: Are Aversion Techniques Necessary in Hypnosis?

  1. George Guarino January 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Good info as always… and you guys are magic together! Wonderful.

    Regarding aversion techniques, I do feel there is a place for them. I’ve used one very effectively on myself to keep my hand out of a candy jar. I now smile every time I look at that jar and remember the association I conditioned in. It’s kind of a game now that I love to play with myself. Could I force myself to eat the candy? Sure. But it doesn’t have the same attraction it once did. There is no need to suggest getting sick, simply making the substance unappealing can be enough.

    The problem with aversion techniques is when the client tests it. If they test it even once or a few times and don’t allow the conditioned association to be true… they can fall into the old rut.

    I think of aversion techniques as an easy way to condition the client to play. If they accept the suggestion and don’t do the old activity, a new, positive habit is established.

    Just my 2 cents. Stay well. Keep up the good work.


  2. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH January 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Thanks for your valuable comment.

    When one talks about aversion therapy in the most scientific sense the stimuli that is paired with the desirable substance or behavior is usually something artificial and unnatural, such as something that would make the client nauseous, an electrical shock, or a bad taste. To learn more about this form of therapy or behavior modification see

    What I like to use and teach using is more of a natural and realistic pairing. Rather than suggest that something that tastes good now tastes bad, lets pair the act of eating the tasty high caloric thing with the logical outcome of eating too much. These would be, for example all the real negative outcomes of that choice (i.e., gaining weight, bad health, low confidence, not being able to wear clothing that one would want to wear, and all the painful emotions that associated with those outcomes). This works well and is a quite realistic association to have in the mind. In addition these logical results have no side effects.

    Thanks again for your comment. The most important thing is that we get results for our clients and for ourselves when we do self-hypnosis.

    Of course we can be a bit more tough on ourselves than we would be on clients, so I can see why one may decide to use aversion therapy on oneself.


  3. Susan Mundy August 12, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Celeste, what’s going on with the lighting over your way? have you ever heard the comment “she/he has a good face for radio”? Well, that most certainly doesn’t apply to you. You look even more gorgeous than usual, if that’s possible! I’m glad you are presenting visually…the world needs to see you! 😉

    Cal, I really liked the explanation you gave of the universal low road/high road script. For some reason it just really clicked with me more today than ever before. So, thanks. It is a great script.

    Thanks for everything you do.


  4. Celeste Hackett August 12, 2015 at 1:15 PM


    Thank you so much for your sweet words!

    Celeste Hackett

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