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Term: Matching

DEFINITION:

A technique used by hypnotists and NLP practitioners to establish and increase rapport with a client to obtain positive and stronger responses to suggestions. When a person is matching, he or she subtly matches the actions or another person using the same part of his or her body. Thus, if a person raises their right hand, the person who is matching might raise their right hand, arm, finger, wrist, or eyebrow, etc. You are metaphorically matching what they are doing. This process must be done subtly, otherwise the person being matched may feel you are making fun of them and break the rapport.

AUTHOR:  Donald Michael Kraig
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