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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (March 17, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393301354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393301359
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[A] most readable volume, rich in personal memories and comments by Dr. Rosen.... The stories give indirect suggestions, show how to overcome habitual limitation, re-frame experiences from negative to positive and discover values. The result is a remarkable combination of entertaining reading offering personal psychological insight.” (Los Angeles Times)

“There is much in this book for any clinician of any persuasion to learn from or adopt in his own work.... Rosen's book helps us share in Erickson's magnificent vision.” (American Journal of Psychoanalysis)

“An excellent collection of Erickson's teaching tales.... The stories are entertaining to read, but—more than that—every reader is likely to find them educational in a quite personal and unexpected way.” (Jay Haley, director, Family Therapy Institute, Washington, D.C.)

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This book gives an insight into Milton Erickson as well as his use of stories.
Melinda Taylor
We can all help ourselves understand more about why we think the way we do and help ourselves and others in a positive uplifting way by reading this book.
I. Holmes
Even if you are not a student of Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, a must read if you are interested in the wonderful workings of the mind and communication.
Joseph Zammit

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308 of 311 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
I had read about Erickson as the pioneer of NLP, and his work in hypnosis and psychotherapy and was intrigued. This book is a great introduction to Erickson.

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.
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191 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Karl on February 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Taken at face value this book consists of nothing more than a few anecdotes drawn from Milton Erickson's long and distinguished career as a hypnotherapist and teacher. Plus a commentary from Sidney Rosen, the editor and also an experienced and well-respected hypnotherapist in his own right.

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.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
Milton Erickson was not only the greatest hypnotist that ever lived, but was also the greatest therapist. He could hypnotize someone by simply telling a story, or shaking their hand. He could change a person's life with a single sentence. In the book there is the example of how he cured a man who was an alcoholic and came from a family of alcoholics by simply telling him to go to the botanical gardens and contemplate the cacti, which he said could live for three years without any water.
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.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is formatted as case studies. Many individual cases personally handled by Dr. Erickson are included in this volume. The best way to appreciate the value and effectiveness of conversational hypnosis is to experience Dr. Erickson's case studies. Dr. Milton Erickson has been called by many "the father of modern hypnotic therapy" and "the world's greatest hypnotist". If you take the time to review some of his case studies, it becomes obvious as to why he was regarded so highly in his field of expertise. I began my studies of Dr. Erickson's work when I noticed him being quoted so often in both self-improvement books and sales books. Of the many books by Dr. Erickson I have read, this one is by far the best one I have read. In the genres of self-improvement and human influence, this is by far one of the best books available.
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
Great Book, and Great Bookseller.
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