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12 Year-Old Boy Saves Sister From Moose Using World Of Warcraft Skills


Recently, a Norwegian boy saved himself and his little sister from a moose attack by using skills he’d picked up playing World Of Warcraft. What does that have to do with hypnosis and NLP?

Hans Jørgen Olsen and his sister were walking through the woods near their home when a moose attacked them. Remembering the tactics he used when playing World of Warcraft, Hans taunted the moose (to allow his sister to run to safety) and then played dead (another ‘WoW’ tactic). After the moose grew disinterested and left, Hans ran back home. Read the whole story…

Resources And Contexts

What does this have to do with NLP & Hypnosis? Well, we don’t really “heal” people or “fix” people in our business. What we do is help folks get in touch with their own internal resources so they can get out of their own way and solve their own problems. Most of the time, it takes the form of helping them attach the skills, beliefs, strategies and emotional states from one context to another.

We help a person who has a fear of public speaking feel just like they’re talking to an old friend when they’re in front of a group. We help people break habits by getting them in touch with feelings that satisfy their cravings–just at the right moment. We help clients bring adult perspective and emotional resources to less-than-pleasant events that happened to them earlier in life.

Hans Jørgen Olsen did that all on his own by transferring the skills and strategies he’d learned in one context to another. Cool.

You see, what we do is a natural process. People do it all the time on their own. We help them when they get stuck.


It’s also useful for us, as well. Whenever you have a situation where you’re not responding as well as you’d hoped, you can use this strategy…

In any given situation that isn’t working out the way you want it to, ask yourself how you’d like to feel. Not what feelings are possible, but how you’d like to feel if you could wave a magic wand and instantly feel any way you wanted to.

Think about what situation contains those emotions for you. Let’s suppose you’re irritated about work and are going to see your spouse in a few minutes. You’d rather have a pleasant experience than complain about work and get all riled up again. You realize how you’d like to feel is calm, comfortable and loving. You think back to a time when you were sitting by the fire with your dog and felt those feelings. You mentally step yourself in to that experience and get those feelings. You take them with you when you greet your wife…

Get the idea?

One of the challenges is that it’s sometimes not as easy as you’d like to get to the resourceful states when you’re in a negative state. Check out the Practical Guide to the New Behavior Generator & Future Pacing for more help.


About The Author:

Keith Livingston is the main instructor for Hypnosis 101. Keith has been studying hypnosis since he was a boy and doing hypnosis & NLP training since 1997.

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  1. Thank you, that was great Food for Thought when attempting to explain just what I do as a psychotherapist/certified hypnotherapist. Your article helps people to get a glimps of the power that is within them and opens the doors to endless opportunities as they take control of their lives back.
    I’d love to read more of your articles, where might I find them?

    Pennie Markus

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