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Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors 1st Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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This book provides helpful metaphors and scripts, but I feel there are not enough to choose from. I think more selections are needed for clinicians. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Logos 7
I have bought a number of books for my collections on hypnosis and psychology. Most are good enough to at least have a point of view and share that with me - so I think that it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by shopper
Saw the author in person at a training for ASCH.
This book is loaded with information.
A MUST have for the hypnotic clinician.
This book contains exactly what they say it contains. It's a tremendous reference guide for hypnosis work. I wish I had known about it several years ago.Published 9 months ago by Leaper
I originally had the hardback and converted electronically.. a must for every HypnotherapistPublished 11 months ago by Leonard A. Johnson