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Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Volume 1 Paperback – June 1, 1975
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Volume II is nearly incomprehensive to someone who does not have a Ph.D. in linguistics. The authors in Volume II appear incapable of expressing their valuable ideas in simple English, which may be a sign that they really don't understand what they are saying well enough to communicate it to others. Rather than spending your hard-earned money on Volume II, you might read other authors like Steve Gilligan (Therapeutic Trances) who covers the same material in plain English rather than quasi-mathematic formulas and mumbo-jumbo about 4-tuples, etc.
Volume I covers the model overall
Volume II goes a little more into dealing with incongruent clients, and a linguistic model of representation. [the 4-tuple, R-Operator and C-Operator]
THE GOOD -- [Although] It is not a very quick read... because everything in this book is actually useful. You will not want to rush through this one, and it is a book you will want to go back to. It does a good job covering the Milton Model, the language patterns and non-verbal communication.
This book is not for everybody though...
THE BAD -- Personally, there isn't anything I dislike about this book, but I do realize that some people have different interests and reasons for wanting to learn about hypnosis. First of all, this book is probably not for beginners. If you are, it would take a little longer to finish thoroughly. An book on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) that covers both the Meta-model and the Milton Model (consider "Introducing NLP", by Joseph O'Connor et al. -- it has a green cover) will provide a great introduction/pre-read to this book.
If you want to know how Erickson did what he did, which even he admitted often escaped him, this book reveals the structure behind the master's skill.
If you buy only a few books about hypnosis or persuasion, make this one of them
If you want to learn to do what Milton Erickson did, this is the best resource ANYWHERE to help you with that quest.
I have personally trained over 750 people in the non verbal inductions of Erickson, of which the Handshake Induction is the most famous, and this work is by far the best of it's kind when it comes to the linquistic wizardry of this hypnotic genious.
Get this book if you want results. It is not an easy read, in fact it can be quite challenging. It is well worth the money spent and the time needed to completely digest it's depth.
The Original and Only No BS Life Coach
This book and the other part of it are an explanation and demonstration of Erickson's true skill - reshaping a person's thought patterns. Bandler and Grinder have modeled Erickson in this work and in other non published NLP related works, and this is where you see actual "magic" in Erickson's style of therapy.
It's not the stories, it's not the miraculous improvement of his patients - it's the artful manipulation that Erickson was a master of.
I highly recommend this book and anything else related to Erickson's life and work. By merely reading Erickson, you get better in communicating effectively with others.
Shlomo Vaknin, editor
NLPWeekly magazine & community
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This book is the inverse of The Structure of Magic. That book was about how to be relentlessly specific, which functions as a BS filter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen Hughes
This actually make sense of Erickson. Easy to read and very helpfulPublished 11 months ago by Jean Cannon
A very thorough and useful description on Milton Erickson's work. This is a must read for anybody interested in the work of Milton Erickson.Published 16 months ago by Hannu Pirila
Since my degrees are in psychology, Milton Erickson was one of my favorite reads. This book is rwritten by Richard Bandler and really not for a lay person but rather for an... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Skeeter
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