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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Panorama Pub. Co; 3rd edition (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937671533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937671535
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have used the methods in my sports psychology work effectively.
Alvin Smith
His results are based on determining the type of suggestibility that the individual best responds to.
Mont Dutson
For ten years after that, I read everything I could, hundreds of books.
DustyMoment

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By James VINE VOICE on May 13, 2004
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An outstanding reference for novice and professional hypnotists alike. This book has the most up-to-date techniques on hypnosis and includes several methods of induction and some very practical scripts for conducting hypnotherapy sessions ranging from weight-loss to stopping smoking to dealing phobias and traumatic experiences. It even covers getting individuals to recall blocked memories or increasing the level of detail recalled in memories. This is written from a very professional clinical perspective. Several tests and evaluations are also given to test what type of hypnosis your subject is most susceptible to.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Choat on March 14, 2001
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John Kappas' book on professional hypnotism is not just another hypnotist's manual. It offers the beginner and professional alike a strong grounding in hypnotism. I've read hundreds of books on hynotism through the years and this is the very best. Some of the techniques that I've used in the other books only worked on about half the people I've tried it on. Kappas' Professional Hypnotism Manual worked on every single person I've tried it on. It also separates the myths from the realities of hypnotism.
If you ever wanted to learn about hypnotism - GET THIS BOOK!
After reading this book - I decided to become a student at John Kappas' school in Tarzana, CA - Hypnosis Motivation Institute. It's a year long school leading to a certification in Hypnotherapy.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Alvin Smith on October 17, 2002
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This book is an excellent guide to modern hypnosis. The discovery of physical, emotional and intellectual suggestibility by Dr. Kappas has made it easy for therapists to cause their suggestions to patients to be far more productive. I have used the methods in my sports psychology work effectively. I recommend this book to all hypnotists and therapists.
Al L Smith, C.Ht. author of "The Winning Zone".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fraubucher on August 21, 2008
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First, the book is still available for sale NEW for 27.95 at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, the school Dr Kappas founded in Tarzana. This book is not out of print or rare. However, it is a must have text for professional hypnotherapists. Dr Kappas' book contains information not found in any other hypnosis texts (unless Dr Kappas wrote them!) about subconscious behavior. Dr Kappas 'redefines our understanding of hypnosis and how it works with his "Message Unit Theory of Hypnosis", as well as introduces his revolutionary model of "Emotional and Physical Suggestibility and Sexuality."' The techniques contained in the book provide the most complete background for all hypnotherapy. A must read for therapists who wish to be very effective!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr Xamia Bereux on January 11, 2007
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This is worth the read if only because of his unusual take on SEXUALITY. Kappas includes tests to define a person's hypnotitic suggestibility and sexuality styles which he says affect the method you use in hypnotic therapy and inductions. An interesting point of view, if you believe hypnosis is a real and valid therapy. This is the first time I have heard sexuality described in this way and it is unique and very ENLIGHTENING. As a therapist, it is worth reading simply for that. But more important, John Kappas was married to Florence Henderson (aka Carole Brady of the Brady Bunch) which is pretty cool, don't you think?
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23 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Starfire on September 5, 2006
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First, it's only fair to say that I found this book interesting in many aspects. It does add some knowledge and understanding to the field of hypnosis, however, the author is not very effective at illuminating his ideas. On the one hand, he writes as though his audiance all have PhD's, because he does not do very well at defining his terms, or elaborating on his concepts. On the other hand, he does not provide any information of the efficacy of the questionaires he provides that an individual with a professional degree would find useful in vetting his theoretical views.

He points to Mesmer and Braid as being the the seminal hypnotists, but comepletely skips Milton Erikson who he borrows heavily from, perhaps without being aware of it -- I don't know.

This book needs to be rewritten and greatly expanded upon to deserve the title "'Professional' Hypnotism 'Manual'." In my opinion, it is neither professional, nor a manual.

Nevertheless, I probably am underrating this book by giving it two stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DustyMoment on April 16, 2013
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I became a 'Hypnotist' at 14yrs, having studied six books. Luckily for me, two of the books are considered classics. For ten years after that, I read everything I could, hundreds of books. Most everything, then and now, just repeats the same outdated concepts. Also, there was a 'missing link' to hypnotic behavior. I found that missing link when I met, and studied with, Dr. John Kappas in 1972. His application of Physical Suggestibility (Literal suggestions...which is what Hypnotists used, and still use) and Emotional Suggestibility (Inferred Suggestions.....the 'missing link' that a major portion of the population is affected by) is the most important step in Hypnosis since Braid developed the word in the 1840's. Dr. Boris Sidis, in his Psychology of Suggestion, 1898, describes direct and indirect suggestions, but he failed to understand the importance. Dr. Kappas, independently (he did not know of the Sidis book,) realized the importance and developed the Kappasinian method, the best there is IMO. The book seems easy to read, but, with thoughtful study, the implications and extrapolations are immense. His concepts on sexuality are equally important. I am not sure of other editions, so I would get 2009, 5th edition, or newer. I cannot emphasize enough, if there's one important book, this is it. Read, and reread, think and rethink, and learn to extrapolate, both Suggestibility and Sexuality. I have not been a 'Hypnotist' since 1981. I'm a Suggestibility Behaviorist.....in reading the two negative reviews I'm struck that one proclaims the American Psychological Association book as the definitive reference. Just because it has 700 pages does not mean it is not regurgitation of outdated material. The other seems to claim Erickson as the authority.Read more ›
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