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2019 Jul-Sep

Int J Clin Exp Hypn



The Laurs of Hypnotic Communication and the “Lived in Imagination” Technique in Medical Practice.



This article describes two common hypnotic communication techniques that can be used in anesthesiology and more generally for a variety of medical applications. First, the LAURS (listening, acceptance, utilization, reframing, suggestion) hypnotic communication structure is detailed. This technique allows clinicians to rapidly build patient rapport and maximize the chance of a suggestion being realized. Second, the "Lived in Imagination technique can be used to supplement a less than perfect local anesthesia technique or help provide analgesia or sedation to support a patient undergoing minor or even major surgical procedures. These techniques may allow for an adjunctive, seamless integration during standard clinical care.