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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.Read more ›
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.
Self-hypnosis isn't taught in this book, but there are many inexpensive books that do teach it. I learned from Chapter 4 from Leslie LeCron's "Self-Hypnotism: The Technique and Its Use In Daily Living". Some people say hypnosis is a hoax and I don't have any experience to say whether advanced practices can work like using hypnotism to prepare for surgery. But if you consider inducing self-hypnosis to just be going into a quiet, "inwardly-focused" state and doing suggestions as just a form of self-talk, then it's certainly doable. The question remains whether it helps. I've found that my self-improvement efforts usually take a long time (months or years) to establish better habits, during which I review lists of goals often and also use suggestions during self-hypnosis (e.g. quiet self-talk). I very slowly see some improvement and I enjoy the self-hypnosis, so I've kept at it without being sure it's the self-hypnosis that is leading to the changes. But thinking of it just as talking to myself over and over until I gradually change, it does seem as if that self-talk has some impact.
A subset of this book half or less its size (and half or less of its price) would have been adequate for me as a layperson. Sections like "Preparation for Surgery" or "Hypnosis for Obstetrics" I could do without. But so far I do feel this book is a good value for me. Just for the ego-strengthening material, it will probably take me more than a year to get reasonably acquainted with the appropriate suggestions.
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All through my year long training as a Hypnotherapist I was told over and over that this is a must have for my bookshelf. I only wish I had broke down and purchased it sooner! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Leslie
only got this as it was recommended on course but am sure it will be a reference tool for many years to comePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
There's a little bit of everything in this book. It is because of this, I give it 3 stars. I feel that some of the chapters feel disjointed and incomplete. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kyss