The 7 common causes of psychosomatic disorders

How to use LeCron’s 7 causes “keys” of psychosomatic disorders

Psychologist and hypnotherapist Leslie LeCron is credited with identifying the 7 common issues that cause symptoms or discomfort. The list of causes, with their associated questions, can be used in hypnosis to rapidly get to the source of any physical or emotional symptom. This is by far one of the most powerful techniques I (editor) have ever used. It makes mincemeat of those tricky problems clients surprise you with. I’ve summarised the technique from one of the only books that explains it, and I’ve given details at the end of the article.

To use the 7 keys, induce hypnosis in the client and then set up ideomotor signalling. Once the yes, no and “I can’t say” yet fingers are installed, proceed to go through the keys one by one, explaining what each one means and then asking the relevant question.

The 7 keys of psychosomatic disorders.

You can use the acronym COMPISS to remember them: Conflict, Organ language, Motivation, Past experience, Identification, Self-punishment, Suggestion.
1. Conflict

Explain: A conflict occurs when you feel you want to do one thing, but you ought to do the opposite. You’re pulled in two directions, and that takes a lot of energy.

Question: Do you sense that you are being afflicted by a conflict? That you are being pulled in two directions?

The solution for a conflict is to guide the client to taking a decision (even if the decision is not to take a decision at this time).

2. Organ language

Explain: Symptoms can be caused by organ language – phrases in our everyday conversation that include mention of a body organ in a negative way. For example, we say things like, My boss is a pain in the neck.

Question: Do you sense that you are being affected by organ language?

Treatment: Let the patient find a better way of dealing with the stress.

3. Motivation

Explain: A person can be motivated to have a symptom because it seems to solve a problem. One of the causes of symptoms may be that they serve a subconscious purpose – for example children getting sick to avoid school.

Question: Do you sense that you are motivated to have this symptom? At a feeling level, do you sense you are having these … to help solve a problem?

Treatment: Find a better way to cope with the problem, or change the way the problem is perceived.

4. Past experience

Explain: One of the causes of symptoms is a very emotional episode that occurred in the past that is still affecting a person. It leaves an imprint in the mind and body.

Question: Do you feel that you are being affected by a past experience?

Treatment: Regression and reframe.

5. Identification

Explain: Identification occurs when there is a strong emotional attachment to another person who had or has the same symptom. Often, this person is dead or dying.

Question: Do you sense that you are identifying with someone who had the same or a similar symptom?

Treatment: Reinforce that the patient is a separate person who is not bound by the other’s problems. Find a more healthy way to keep the memory of the person.

6. Self-punishment

Explain: Sometimes a discomforting symptom can seem necessary to compensate for a feeling of guilt. The subconscious mind dispenses this as a form of self-punishment.

Question: Do you sense that this symptom is a form of self-punishment for real or imagined guilt?

If yes: “Would it be all right to know what you feel you shouldn’t have done?”

Treatment: Establish the patient’s innocence.

7. Suggestion

Explain: One of the things that causes symptoms is what we call a suggestion or imprint. It means that an idea has been accepted at a subconscious level. It is usually introduced at a highly emotional time and is from then on responded to automatically and uncritically.

Question: “Do you sense that you are being affected by a suggestion that some authoritative person gave you, or a suggestion you gave yourself?”


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2 Responses to The 7 common causes of psychosomatic disorders

  1. Editor February 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Hi Sylvia, thanks for the comments.
    For number 7 the Treatment might simply be to ask them to respond verbally to a question like “If there is a suggestion, what might it be?” Or “Who might have given it to you?”

    I have used this technique and it works really well. The real challenge, though, is getting the ideomotor responses. With some people it works really well, while for others the responses are faint and ambiguous. If you do get some nice, workable ideomotor responses, it really is fairly quick to go through them. I have a little reminder sheet in front of me and then i tell the client I am going to work through a list and they are to answer using their fingers. Then I just read each number’s question, with a sentence or two of background explanation, and ask for a response. I go through the whole list, noting which numbers gave a positive response. Then I choose one of them and examine it more deeply using further ideomotor responses or regression. You can do the whole process, with resolution in a session of an hour and half. If they indicated yes to more than one of the questions you might need to save some of them for dealing with in a subsequent session.
    I think the main thing is to treat this quite playfully – because at first the client is inclined to disbelieve their finger responses. So the more relaxed you can make them feel about it the better.
    Another benefit of this technique is that even if you don’t get very clear answers, the very act of going through the process is a powerful deepener and serves to prompt the client’s mind to start searching for answers. So something interesting often happens, even when you think it’s not working.

    Happy hypnotizing!


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