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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 30, 2020 and last updated on February 4, 2023

Autosuggestion is the idea of accessing your subconscious mind to change your beliefs or behaviour. It is similar to hypnosis and in its basic form usually consists of repeating an idea or feeling consciously to yourself daily or multiple times per day until it is ingrained in your subconscious mind. Although many still question the ability of autosuggestion to actually make a meaningful change in one’s life, its power has been claimed to enable people to do things such as quit smoking or even cure disease.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

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  • autosuggestion (noun)
  • subconscious (noun)
  • conscious (noun)
  • mind (noun)
  • consciously (adverb)
  • behave (verb)
  • claim (verb)

Conversation Questions

  • Does autosuggestion work?
  • Have you ever heard of autosuggestion?
  • How would you describe autosuggestion if you were asked?
  • Do you believe autosuggestion can work for anybody?
  • Have you ever tried autosuggestion?
  • Would you be interested in trying autosuggestion? If yes, why? If not, why not?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.