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238 of 245 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2002
This book (Volume I) is worth reading by anyone interested in hypnosis. The authors present the major linguistic techniques that Erickson used to induce and maintain hypnosis, as well as his methods of doing hypnotherapy. They approach Erickson from the discipline of linguistics, so the reading is a bit technical at times, but perfectly understandable if you stick with it. They review the same material many times to make it very clear to the reader. I wish there were an accompanying audiotape of Erickson so that the reader could hear the analogical markings that Erickson uses with his speech to clients. Anyone seriously interested in Erickson's approach to hypnosis should read this book.
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.
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135 of 137 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2002
This is a great book if you are interested in the more analytical and theoretical side of hypnosis and/or hypnosis used in therapy. -- A linguistic perspective. --
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.
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105 of 112 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 1997
Rated as an 8 ONLY because of its difficulty, this ranks as one of the few references that the serious student of hypnosis and persuasive language really MUST HAVE, and should read. The exhaustive list of presuppositions in language is, itself, a goldmine of information and study, and can reward diligent study and practice with exponential elevations in skill.
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
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Richard Bandler and John Grinder did not just read and study Milton's method of hypnosis, they lived it day in and day out for years. They modeled it, along with Virginia Satir's therapy models, Moshe Feldenkrais movement models and others. This book is their primary work on the structure of Milton's trance inductions and his ability to create successful generative change in his patients. It is a must read for the serious student of hypnosis and a suggested read for everyone willing to work a bit to get to the good stuff.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2007
The book is a nice summary of Hypnotic Techniques of Milton Erickson though sometimes it seems lost in its own words. There are several references to Bandler and Grindler's other books which makes it appear that for full understanding, one must read the other books as well. I do not regret my purchase of this book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Keep in mind this.

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.

John Wingert

The Original and Only No BS Life Coach
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2006
Although the Patterns books are old books, they explain everything in an understandable and exact way and I do mean exhaustively understandable and exact which is why I like them so much. I bought Patterns 1 in paperback and Patterns 2 in hardcover. But anyhow, showing the exactitudes and subtleties of the use of language in deep-trance hypnosis is genuinely fascinating no matter how long-winded the descriptions and stuff get. Who knows? The way he used language may have been the real beginning of "the subliminal movement". Well very interesting reading nevertheless.

Captain Josh.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2008
The guy that gave only 1 star to this book has no clue what he's talking about. Erickson was a genius and it was not in his content, but in the form he used.

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.

Enjoy!
Shlomo Vaknin, editor
NLPWeekly magazine & community
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2007
I agree with the comments made that the language in the book is sometimes difficult to follow. If you want clearer instructions on the use of words in a therapeutic context, I recommend The Secret Language of Hypnotherapy by John Smale. Undoubtedly Erickson was the father of modern hypnotherapy but his works need to be placed into an updated world and given a new perspective.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2008
Milton Erickson, is my mentor. I can not give you an honest appraisal of this book as I read and practise every thing written about the man, his style of Hypnosis, and the use of NLP. Richard Bandler has once again put together a book of Erickson's work, which is to me a Bible in the use of Clinical Hypnosis as practised by Erickson. I have been practising for 42 years and I am still learning Erickson's methods and motivators.

I would highly recommend this book to any one who has any interest in learning about Hypnosis it's mysteries and how to apply it with skill. Erickson was a master of Hypnosis and dealt with all facets of this medium. He understood what he was doing but was unable to put it into words for others to follow. This is where we are lucky with Dr. Richard Bandler coming into the picture and putting the works of Erickson into the written form so that others may be able to understand it, and eventually practise it as Erickson did. I read the same books over at least 5 times before I attempt to interpret the method to my own use.

As stated Erickson is my Mentor. I can not be subjective or objective of any thing written about this man, his work, or his methods. Another marvelous book.
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