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No secrets here
on February 27, 2002
I found this book disappointing, and I think the title is misleading. The book contains a lot of NLP exercises and visualisations, a lot of exercises from what you might call the list-making school of self-help, and a remarkable amount of extraneous advice such as the advantages of having your hair coloured as you get older and a truly astonishing section on investment advice (in a book on hypnosis?), but very little solid information on self-hypnosis techniques. In general I found the inductions sloppy and too short, with little or no trance-deepening or testing, and while they use some hypnotic language, there is almost no advice on how to actually speak the inductions. As for solid instruction on induction, deepening, testing of trance, ideomotor techniques, hypnotic language, anchoring, post-hypnotic suggestion etc - forget it. If these techniques occur, they are used in passing and not explained.
Furthermore, the writing style is poor and often unclear, and the book does not appear to have been proof-read - far too many typos and spelling/grammar errors - all of which contributes to the general impression of a sloppily written book slung together in a hurry.
A personal objection of mine is that the book also promotes an unhealthily self-obsessed philosophy; altruism, it seems, is A Bad Thing. The authors do not appear to realise that there is a vast and profound difference between giving and being taken! It comes as no surprise to find a reference to Ayn Rand in the bibliography.
The book is somewhat redeemed by a couple of chapters and inductions written by third parties (the single star is for them), but basically, I think there is much better information available on the web, much better presented, and for free. I certainly didn't learn any secrets from it.