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My Voice Will Go with You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson Paperback – March 17, 1991
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These stories are case studies, people with all sorts of problems, and very interesting solutions, and great stories.
This guy is a genius. From bedwetting to alcoholism, to repression, I was particularly inspired by a very short story about the Turmahara Indians, and how knowing and thinking about their special abilities can increase your energy levels. If it works for me, it might work for you.
There was one story about how he treated one woman who was sexually unresponsive, and through using his storytelling method caused her to have an orgasm in his office without touching her! Before reading this book I had not realised how easily influenced we can be by indirect suggestion, and how powerful his techniques are.
Essentially this is a book of anecdotes, with the author who is himself a psychiatrist giving an explanation of the methods and techniques being used by Erickson.
Apart from the therapeutic benefits, if you read this book you can really improve your communication and storytelling skills if you follow the principles used here, so I would recommend this book to aspiring story tellers.
Think of Erickson as someone who was a master of effecting life altering personal change by being able to communicate on a deeper level. Applied to yourself you can most likely imagine the effect you can have on yourself and others and how you can win friends and influence people by learning this skill.
For more case studies, check out Conversations with Milton H. Erickson Vol 1 by Jay Haley. You might find situations in there that relate to issues in your own life.Read more ›
But Milton Erickson is renowned for have developed to a fine art the use of "vague language" and "conversational hypnosis". Which is another way of saying that he was a master of the skill of using words to bring his clients to whatever realisations they needed in order to be able to help themselves.
Not surprisingly, then, Erickson used those same skills when it came to teaching other doctors, psychiatrists, etc. to use the skills he had so carefully developed.
So whilst these appear to be descriptions of stories that therapists might tell to their clients, they are actually effective 'as YOU read them'.
Thus every reader gets teaching and therapy all in one!
This is possibly one of the most seemingly innocent, yet magnificently powerful books I have ever come across.
So get a copy, and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
An event that had a significant impact on the development of his skills occurred when he was a teenager and became paralyzed for a time, unable to move anything except his eyes. During this time, in order to avoid extreme boredom, he studied the most minute details of the body language and speech patterns of the people around him. This led him to a deep understanding of how unconscious processes affect behavior, and how change almost always occurs at the unconscious or subconscious level.
The reader should take particular note of the anecdotes involving his own children, which indicate that like Erickson, they turned out to be remarkable individuals. Some of the anecdotes that involve how he dealt with his own children's behavior illustrate what a remarkable parent he was, and how being such a parent does in fact produce amazing children. For example, it is discussed in the book how it was only necessary to discipline one of his daughters three times in her life.
This book is required reading for any psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, hypnotist, parent, or anyone who has an interest in human behavior and the most effective way to institute change in such behavior.
My first copy was borrowed and never returned. As a result, I went to re-order this book, and discovered that my original supplier had discontinued this book. I have spent nearly two years attempting in vain to find another copy, and today, I was finally successful. After checking with more than 10 different local and nation-wide bookstores, and checking more than 15 online bookstores, I have finally located my first copy here at Amazon.com.
Great Book, and Great Bookseller.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
He was a master and this book shows many good example of Milton's mastery at work.Published 4 days ago by sleepwalker
Really great examples and stories of actual work with patients using forms of hypnosis/suggestion. Fascinating, easy and fast read. Read morePublished 14 days ago by emrm
Yes, it will. Very much an influence on my professional practice. A good book worth having in one's library.Published 1 month ago by oaf
Really an interesting book about Milton Erickson and the tools he used. Much insight shown in the writing of it.Published 2 months ago by Dr. PatMannelly
Very good book because it shares a very important psychological idea in an exciting fun story in the life of the genius milton erickson.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent healing and metaphoric stories. I found a few that were appropriate for telling to my college students to create a success mindset.Published 5 months ago by Raymond Gerson, Author of Achieve College Success
The source of relational wisdom. These stories simplify the effectiveness of basic therapy, making them accessible to anyone.Published 6 months ago by Marco Martins