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Training Trances: Multi-Level Communication in Therapy and Training Paperback – November 1, 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Metamorphous Press; 3 edition (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555520693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555520694
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Osgaldor J. Storm on February 20, 2001
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This was BY FAR the best book I have ever found on Ericksonian (permissive) technique. I was doubtful about the other reviewers who said you can experience and learn in trance with this book, but IT IS TRUE! The trances are automatic, requiring no effort whatsoever on your part, and they do remarkably help you absorb and assimilate the material much more rapidly. I'm an enthusiastic believer!
Overdurf and Silverthorn simplify what some regard as the most mysterious and "difficult" hypnotic styles to master and use (Ericksonian), but after this book you will find an amazing sense of confidence in your ability to immediately utilize naturally structured trace inductions, metaphor (and their improvisation), catalepsy (AMAZING! I did it in five minutes with autosuggestion), posthypnotic suggestion, and even self-hypnosis, explicit and step-by-step instructions on how to structure and conduct the hypnotic interview, extensive information on amnesia and and other traditional hypnotic phenomena, all written in a very readable, friendly, readily-understandable style. There is nothing dry and clinical about this book, but there is a wealth of PRACTICAL techniques and protocols that cannot be found in other manuals.
It does draw heavily on some basic ideas from NLP (neurolinguistic programming), but even if you are completely unfamiliar with NLP, this book still has a lot to offer. Much of the NLP material you will need is summarized in an appendix of the book. My entire model of hypnotherapy has been revolutionized thanks to "Training Trances"!
I have been studying and practicing hypnosis for 16 years, and have only been working with NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis for the past two. This is the ONE book I wish I had read first! Excellent!
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Karl on September 29, 2002
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Although this book is described on the cover as being about Ericksonian hypnosis and the use of hypnosis in training, this isn't entirely true. The book does NOT demonstrate or explain how to use hypnosis in training 'in general'.
What the authors have created is an almost unique and very useful resource which teaches Ericksonian hypnosis by using hypnotic techniques within the text. This definitely works, in fact almost 'too' well - for a couple of months after reading this book I began to go into a trance no matter what book I was reading [more of a trance than usual :) ] !
Much of the book, a rich mixture of demonstration, explanation and exercises, is based on the authors' own training workshops and I personally found that this came across to very good effect.
I wouldn't suggest that any book could make you an expert in a subject like hypnosis, but this strikes me as an excellent basic text for anyone wanting to study Erickson's techniques.
Having said that, some readers may find the book a little narrow in its scope, in which case I'd ALSO recommend "Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide", by Flores, Schober and James (ISBN 1899836454), another practical guide which contrasts the Ericksonian approach with two other styles of hypnosis, IN ADDITION to this book.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "davids12345" on December 15, 2002
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Training Trances is about how to therapeutically communicate with the unconscious mind. The authors present their own unique integration of Ericksonian techniques, traditional models of hypnotherapy, and recent research in related areas, as well as the use of trance in training design, to unconsciously install the skills being taught. Includes individual/group exercises and numerous "live" demonstrations of inductions and double-inductions. Written with insight and humor, this book's most unique twist is its use of multi-level communication and hypnotic language to create a "training trance" for the readers as they journey through the text. Some hypnotic references are obvious and explicit--those which are not obvious will create enjoyable "ah-ha!" experiences for the reader as they are discovered.
Therapists and trainers will learn:
Milton Erickson's three most frequently used trance inductions
How to use catalepsy for changework and healing (including "Ambiguous Touch")
How to induce classic hypnotic phenomena i.e. Amnesia, Dissociation, and Deep Trance identification
How to structure the hypnotic interview
How to use metaphoric stories as "anchors" for change
Protocol for Post-Hypnotic Suggestion and amnesia
The transcripts of live demonstrations and inductions recreate for the reader the experience of hypnosis and are also a rich source for linguistic analysis by the advanced reader. This is an "unconcious-friendly" book which will prove invaluable for NLP and hypnotherapy trainers alike.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Foreword (vii)
Introduction (xi)
Chapter 1. Two Minds Defining Trances (1)
Chapter 2.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Louis on February 23, 2002
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This book is well worth the money, time, and effort spent on it. The authors are clearly master hypnotists and NLP practioners who demonstrate flexibility and creativity in the therapeutic and hypnotic process. I have been studying and using hypnosis with clients for many years, and this book pulls a great deal together in an enjoyable format. I gained many valuable insights that will undoubtedly improve my therapeutic work with clients. If time permits, I would like to take one of the authors' live training courses. This is one of the few books on hypnosis that I would give 6 stars (******) if that were possible on this site.
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