Intonation Patterns

You’ll remember that in any verbal communication, the tonality of the word carries around 38% of the information and the way that words are spoken can have a profound effect on you. The voice tonality communicates directly with the unconscious mind.

So, the three main different intonation patterns communicate three very different things to somebody’s unconscious mind. The arrows in the diagram show which way to inflect the tone in the sentence. Now, with the first one, we’re asking a question wanting information and the voice tone goes up in the end. So, you have, “Word, word, word?”

“You completely comfortable now?”

“You learning new things?”

The unconscious mind takes the higher end tone as a question. Even if what you say is a statement, if the speaker makes the tone higher at the end of the statement in their spoken delivery, the unconscious mind will still process it as a query.

The middle example is a straight statement and it tends to be very level. You have, “Word, word, word.”

“You’re completely comfortable now.”

“You’re learning new things.”

Just a plain statement, a bunch of information.

The most interesting of the three intonations is the last pattern. The third one is the command intonation pattern, which goes down at the end of the sentence, “Word, word, word.”

“You’re completely comfortable now.”

“You’re learning new things.”

In the English language, when the pitch is decreased towards the end of the sentence, the person’s unconscious mind tends to process that as being an order, a command. Why is this important? Well, if you ask somebody a question, but say it using a command tonality with a downward deeper tone at the end, the conscious mind will pick it up as a question, but the unconscious mind would respond to it as a command.

“You understand that, don’t you.”

“Are you ready to learn.”

So, the most powerful element in the English language for tonality and syntax is to ask a question using the command tonality. And the reason it’s so important is it forms the basis for the embedded commands which are  commonly used in hypnosis, as well as conversation-based change techniques.



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