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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Through the Open Door: Secrets of Self Hypnosis is a passionately written book with two authors who obviously have a broad and deep background in the field.
In general this book works in the ways the authors intended.
Clearly this book is not your traditional self hypnosis book...and if you've ever heard the authors speak, you'll be surprised to find over a dozen scripts in the text.
Addressing the first point, you find the authors are familiar with and bow to models of hypnosis that have been put forward by Hilgard, Rossi and some of the current researchers of the field. This causes a problem and creates and opportunity. Many of the concepts in the early part of the text are not completely explained. Therefore if you are unfamiliar with current research in hypnosis you may be at a loss in some of the more advanced mind/brain technology involved.
On the other hand, what isn't explained early on is adequately dealt with in chapters of the book that don't address typical self hypnosis subjects. The authors seem comfortable tackling issues that you won't find in other self hypnosis books.
After a somewhat high brow description of hypnosis the authors wisely put a chapter on overcoming procrastination early in the book. This chapter works and the authors explain how they have overcome procrastination exclusively with self hypnosis. This chapter is among the strongest in the text.
Chapter Four is called, Fear No More, and I have some reservations about this chapter. I'm not certain the authors clearly define fear and fright for the non-academic reader. This chapter has good ideas, a wonderful meditation but it doens't work as well as it could have.
Self Esteem and Self Confidence is detailed next in a thoroughly brilliant chapter. The authors careful weave real life experience with trance work and this chapter is among the strongest in the book. The meditations in this chapter effective and very enjoyable.
Chapter Six is about making better decisions. This is another new breakthrough area for self hypnosis. Once again, I've never seen other authors tackle this subject and the writing duo does the challenge justice.
Chapter Seven (Attracting Special People into Your Life) reads passionately and swiftly. The method seems sound and the link with real life exercises to bring the self hypnosis work into real life is appreciated. This chapter was fun and the strongest chapter in the book.
Hypnosis for weight loss again combines self hypnosis with some solid real life strategies that blend into a winning combination. The meditation was very nice when I made my tape for this.
The chapter about pain relief, written by a colleague of the authors is a delight. Numerous strategies are provided that offer the person who suffers from chronic pain a great deal of hope.
Childbirth with hypnosis is something I have never thought of trying! That's discussed in some detail next by another contributor and I found it tantalizing. The confirming stories by other contributors, with their experiences of childbirth while using self hypnosis is compelling. I'd like to learn more about this.
The prosperity chapter is one of the most intense reads I've seen in a self hypnosis book. It didn't quite work for me because it requires some additional skills beyond self hypnosis (understanding fairly high level mathematics). Nevertheless, I did the meditation and plan to continue to do so.
Chapter Fourteen is about accelerated learning. The authors are obviously devotees of Lozanov and they regularly credit his model of learning. I found this to be a grand summary of learning strategies with trance and I think anyone...of any age would benefit from this chapter making it worth the price of admission.
The book closes with numerous contributors from all walks of life sharing about the variety of their self hypnosis experience.
What a delight. What a treat.
The book is well written, well researched, synthesizes numerous brain based learning models and except for the first two chapters (with no disrespect, they simply weren't as clear as they could have been) is readable by anyone with a high school education.
Five Stars
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I just read Through The Open Door, by Mary Lee LaBay and Kevin Hogan. There is a chapter in there on properity. While there are many books talking about prosperity, I have NEVER read one that takes the time to discuss the history of money. Not only did I feel that I learned more than I ever knew about the origins of money... I am on a path of increasing my prosperity in all areas of my life, and this book literally unlocked something inside my mind on this topic. I think it was because it was so succinct and clear.
The book gives you fun, tangible meditations, exercises and ways to re-think situations in your life... BUY THE BOOK!!! There is something in it for everyone. I feel it is worth it even if you only read one chapter and got value from that...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Being a full-time professional hypnotherapist I found the information concise and quite usable. I have been looking for a book that I could recommend to my clients for quite some time. Because this book explains the concepts of how the mind works in a direct method using examples and metaphors, people of all levels of knowledge will gain from it. Whether you are a hypnotherapist looking to explore some of the finer nuances of hypnosis, or a person who wants to use more of your own God given resources, this book will help you. If you are ready to take control of your life and make the improvements that you want to have, then this book is a must!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I thought self hypnosis was all about, "sit down, relax, take a deep breath and space out." I was wrong. This book is a life changer! It is so practical.
The authors start out explaining just what hypnosis is and how it works. They sort of take the mystery and magic out of it...like seeing how a magic trick works, and then show you how to use your mind as a theater or TV screen to change all the pictures in your mind.
I really didn't expect to learn how to control pain. I bought the book because Hogan cowrote it and I was absolutely 100% happy with what I'm learning about self confidence, weight control and reducing pain. I probably will never use the section on have a child with hypnosis. Hee hee.
This is a really remarkable book about something everyone should use!
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Earlier this year I wrote a glowing review. (please see below)
Since that time I have sold a dozen or so of this book to my clients that wanted to learn more about hypnosis.
They have borrowed the book to friends and have all reported back positive feedback. The reason so many people like this book is because it explains how the mind works. Why do we respond in ways that don't always make sense, at least not consciously.
I just wanted to make sure that you know that this book introduces the subject of hypnosis in a thorough and concise way.
In truth, if you are already a hypnotist or hypnotherapist, I believe you will gain an understanding of how you are helping your clients by reading Kevin Hogan's Through the Open Door.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
The strength of this book is its ability to help you appreciate the limits of your own mind-set, and to substitute a better one for it.
I was reminded of this while having a bad night with recurrent pains that I get sometime. I tried the usual things, and had no success. Then I used an induction here that I had often applied to nonpain problems successfully, and got immediate relief. So there I was suffering, with the knowledge I needed to fix my own problem, but I had not connected the dots before in my mind. Thank you so much!
The book explains a little about the basis for hypnosis and ways to successfully access your unconscious mind. Individual sections address procrastination, overcoming fears, improving self-esteem, improving decision-making, attracting the people you need, look better, weight loss, quitting cigarettes, pain relief, easier child birth, having more prosperity, improving learning and memory, and interpreting dreams.
My main quibble with this book is that self-hypnosis is a secondary or tertiary approach for a number of these problems. Yet the book tends to treat self-hypnosis like it can do the whole thing.
I also think you will get more out of this book if you also read The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, which explains more about how the mind works. I found the self-hypnosis methods proposed in this latter book to be usually easier to perform and more effective than the lengthy inductions in Through the Open Door.
After you finish reading and applying this book, I suggest that you write down your beliefs about all areas of your life. Then examine those beliefs in terms of how effective they are for creating the behaviors you know will help you succeed with your goals and in living your values. How can you write new beliefs you feel confident about that encourage you to replace the old ones that discourage or derail you?
If the door isn't open, then open it! But be sure to walk through right away.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Self-hypnosis can be a powerful technique for anyone seeking to overcome phobias, lose weight, stop smoking, ease the pangs of childbirth, or make other significant and lasting changes in their emotional and physical well being. In Through The Open Door: Secrets Of Self-Hypnosis, Kevin Hogan and Mary Lee LaBay offer simple, easy-to-follow guidelines for employing self-hypnosis to achieve and maintain a desired balance in life; dissolve self-sabotaging fears and abolish unwanted habits; make and abide by better decisions; develop an enduring self-confidence; even interpret dreams. Exceptionally well written and an ideal introduction for the non-specialist general reader, Through The Open Door is a unique and invaluable contribution to any self-help, self-improvement reading list or reference collection.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Kevin Hogan and Mary Lee Labay, put the simple, easy to use definative book on self-hypnosis into your hands with a flair that exceeds even their other works. Simply put, this book is the best in it's catagory. As a full time hypnotherapist/teacher,this is a book I fully recommend to not only my students but my clients as well. Congrats, Dr Hogan and Ms. Labay for writing such a masterpeice.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
There are tons of self-help books out there. Hogan and LaBay's contribution is one of the best because it shows how you can change your life and take control across the board. Through simple instruction and inspirational stories, they document and teach the power of the unconscious mind. In straightforward prose, they offer readers guidelines for improving their lives and maintaining those gains. If there are things you want to do differently in your life, start by buying this book. It is a portal to change.
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