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debrawant@-
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Post Family members and close friends
on: August 10, 2011, 14:05
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Isn't it possible to give suggestions to the family member/friend that even though there is a family/friend bond, the process should still work? Just hearing that we shouldn't work with friends or family seems to be a negative suggestion to the CH. If the person truly wants the change is ready, why wouldn't hypnosis work?

RobertDuns-
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Post Re: Family members and close friends
on: August 24, 2011, 17:13
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Hi Debra,

The problem is caused by the dual relationship that we would have with friends and family members if we used hypnosis to help them. When we work with others the relationship is professional. They see us as hypnosis experts and we see them as clients. If we've established rapport we have credibility. They have confidence in us and value the suggestions we give them, usually leading to positive results.

It's very hard to develop that kind of relationship with someone whom perhaps we love and who loves us, someone we've known for years and who is very aware of our strengths and weaknesses, someone who perhaps knows things about us that we're glad our clients do not know. Not only is it hard to do that, when you think about it, would we really want them to put aside all those things? That's why we're advised, in most cases, to refer friends and family to other colleagues.

As an example, I simply cannot imagine working effectively with my beloved kid sister to help her stop smoking.

Robert

Robert M Dunscomb
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Post Re: Family members and close friends
on: June 29, 2013, 05:24
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I'm currently working with two friends who want to give up smoking. I am happy to work with them and feel that it is a great opportunity for them to be helped by someone they both know and trust.

It's an opportunity for me to develop professional rapport and not shy away from helping those that I care about because they may see me differently.

I think that if I can have a professional approach with them, then they and I can have more confidence in myself to help them and others.

may be I am just stubborn? to me it's an extension of my friendship and I am extremely comfortable in putting on and taking off my therapist's hat

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