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Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors 1st Edition
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The biggest strength of the Handbook is that it provides a large amount of material and covers many types of application. The biggest weakness is that several of the scripts include language that violates some of the rules of suggestion. For example, there are several suggestions that are given in the negative, such as "do not think of orange..." This kind of mistake is only a problem for people who have limited training in hypnosis. People with proper training read these mistakes, note them and correct the script. People with limited hypnosis training do not recognize many of the mistakes and will use scripts with mistakes. I suspect that such mistakes occur because many of the chapters were written a long time ago and/or because the authors trained differently. While the Handbook has some shortcomings, they probably do not cause many problems because many people will still benefit from scripts which are imperfect. Hypnosis is a powerful approach and most of the time it takes more than a few "nots" to mess a session up.
The Handbook is a good secondary resource for approaches to and scripts for hypnosis. Most people I know refer to the Handbook when they working with a new type of problem (e.g. bed wetting) in order to get some general ideas about how to work with the problem. So, as a secondary reference, it gets FOUR STARS. I give only THREE STARS over all because I think too many people rely on it as a primary source of information, rather than as an ancillary reference.
Some of the sections are: pain management, self-esteem, anxiety, hypnosis for cancer patients, hypnosis for sleep disorders, hypnosis for addictions, weight loss, academic performance, and hypnosis for children.
While I do not recommend that you necessarily use the scripts verbatim as they are written, this book may serve as an invaluable resource for ideas and possible suggestions to help you in your work as hypnotherapist.