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About the Author

D. Corydon Hammond, Ph.D., ABPH, is past president and a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), which honored him with a Presidential Award of Merit in 1989. He also received the ASCH Irving I. Secter Award in 1990 and the Thomas P. Wall Award for Excellence in Teaching of Clinical Hypnosis in 1994. He is Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Co-director of the Sex and Marital Therapy Clinic at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He has written six books, including the Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors. He coordinated a national task force on hypnosis and memory and is the primary author of Clinical Hypnosis and Memory: Guidelines for Clinicians and for Forensic Hypnosis and of ASCH's Standards of Training in Clinical Hypnosis.
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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (June 17, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039370095X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393700954
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.7 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By DrTerryND,DCH,MEd,NBCDCH on December 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book several years ago, when I first entered private practice as a hypnotherapist. Nine years later, I still refer to it frequently. As a previous reviewer commented, many of the scripts can be used verbatim; however, I use them mostly as guides and personalize them to the client. It's a must-have book for every hypnotherapist's library.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ed Mackey CRNA, M.S. on November 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A super rescource for the practitioner regardless of profession. Many, many helpful suggestions and hints to enable the appropriate therapy to reach target. The text gives scripts, "stories", and suggestions for you to utilize in your practice. This is a great source for ideas in framing suggestion. I have used this text extensively, for pain relief, distraction, and for post-op recuperation for my patients.
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Laura De Giorgio on October 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book contains brief introduction to Ericksonian hypnotic language patterns / how to formulate hypnotic and posthypnotic suggestions with 14 major sections of short hypnotherapy scripts for dealing with just about any issue a hypnotherapist may encounter in practice.

Some of the sections are: pain management, self-esteem, anxiety, hypnosis for cancer patients, hypnosis for sleep disorders, hypnosis for addictions, weight loss, academic performance, and hypnosis for children.

While I do not recommend that you necessarily use the scripts verbatim as they are written, this book may serve as an invaluable resource for ideas and possible suggestions to help you in your work as hypnotherapist.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on March 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors seems to be on the shelves of many aspiring and accomplished hypnotherapists. I have read almost all of it, utilized some of the methods, and have spoken with many hypnotherapists who have read and used it. The general consensus is that the book provides some good ideas, some very good ideas, some mediocre ideas and a few worthless ones. I have certainly expanded my methods from using it. For people who already know hypnosis, this book is useful as an adjunct. I provides many approaches and scripts, but I have found that all need to be adapted based on the client, the hypnotherapist and the context. This means you need to know how to adapt them, and this "how" is beyond the scope of the Handbook. However, the Handbook does not promise to teach people how to modify scripts and methods, so that is not a shortcoming of the book. If someone wants to know more about the art of hypnosis and how to adapt various materials, you need to read a book or take a class which is specifically about that.

The biggest strength of the Handbook is that it provides a large amount of material and covers many types of application. The biggest weakness is that several of the scripts include language that violates some of the rules of suggestion. For example, there are several suggestions that are given in the negative, such as "do not think of orange..." This kind of mistake is only a problem for people who have limited training in hypnosis. People with proper training read these mistakes, note them and correct the script. People with limited hypnosis training do not recognize many of the mistakes and will use scripts with mistakes.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By RCKJ on September 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Corey Hammond has artfully combined the works of skilled hypnotherapists into a comprehensive text which details the many uses and techniques of hypnotherapy. Fondly called by myself and my colleagues, "The Big Red Book", it remains one of the few texts I refer to on a daily basis. It stimulates my own creativity as a clinician and provides thought-provoking and incredibly useful solutions to difficult clinical problems. I recommend this work highly.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I discovered this book during my Clinical Hypnotherapy training and found it a wonderful tool. I've been in practice since 1992 and still refer to this manual for script ideas. Many of the suggestions can be used straight from the book, although I tend to modify and/or adapt them to suit my client's needs. It is an important part of my hypnotherapy library.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By calmly on August 4, 2005
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It isn't necessary to be a clinician to benefit from this book. Some of the suggestions are written for self-hypnosis and the rest seem to adapt trivially for use for self-hypnosis. Taping selected suggestions will help but if you study the long suggestions and got the gist of them, you can probably memorize enough to be useful. Reading thru these suggestions seems to provide a great sense of what effective hypnosis is really about.

Self-hypnosis isn't taught in this book, but there are many inexpensive books that do teach it. I learned from Chapter 4 from Leslie LeCron's "Self-Hypnotism: The Technique and Its Use In Daily Living". Some people say hypnosis is a hoax and I don't have any experience to say whether advanced practices can work like using hypnotism to prepare for surgery. But if you consider inducing self-hypnosis to just be going into a quiet, "inwardly-focused" state and doing suggestions as just a form of self-talk, then it's certainly doable. The question remains whether it helps. I've found that my self-improvement efforts usually take a long time (months or years) to establish better habits, during which I review lists of goals often and also use suggestions during self-hypnosis (e.g. quiet self-talk). I very slowly see some improvement and I enjoy the self-hypnosis, so I've kept at it without being sure it's the self-hypnosis that is leading to the changes. But thinking of it just as talking to myself over and over until I gradually change, it does seem as if that self-talk has some impact.

A subset of this book half or less its size (and half or less of its price) would have been adequate for me as a layperson. Sections like "Preparation for Surgery" or "Hypnosis for Obstetrics" I could do without. But so far I do feel this book is a good value for me. Just for the ego-strengthening material, it will probably take me more than a year to get reasonably acquainted with the appropriate suggestions.
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