The Art of Hypnosis: Mastering Basic Techniques / Edition 3

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Overview

The Art of Hypnosis is a highly-informative and scientific text about an important subject that is gaining increasing recognition daily, and is of personal value to everyone: Hypnotherapy.

Through his intensive study and work in the field of hypnosis, Roy Hunter has wonderfully contributed to the profession of hypnotherapy in The Art of Hypnosis, which is well-written, easy to read and understand, even for the novice. In-depth and practical information is given on how to achieve maximum results in a hypnotic session by properly phrasing the suggestions and by using various techniques to determine which approach is best for each individual client.

Topics include:

  • What is hypnosis?
  • How to induce hypnosis.
  • How to use the unique state of mind in hypnosis to benefit clients in countless ways.
  • A complete glossary of hypnosis terms.
  • Timely updates of important events of the late 1990's at the end of the history chapter.
  • An addition to the self-hypnosis chapter: "The Peaceful Place Meditation" contains a description of a stress relief exercise, along with instructions and a script for successfully mastering this exercise.


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Editorial Reviews

Doody Reviews
Reviewer: Eden B Lesser, MA (Abbott Laboratories)
Description: Based on the hypnotherapy of Charles Tebbetts, this book by his student, Roy Hunter, also an expert in the field of hypnosis, is an effort to explain the fundamentals of hypnosis to both practitioners and novices. Very few books cover the subject of hypnosis and its applications.
Purpose: The author provides readers a full account of hypnosis, starting with the history of hypnosis and moving on to an explanation of the technical aspects.
Audience: This book should appeal to a wide variety of readers, both clinical professionals and those who are just beginning their study of hypnosis. While it could be used by someone completely unfamiliar with hypnotic techniques, the detailed chapters on the various stages of hypnotic states make it essential for those wishing to broaden their ability to use hypnosis.
Features: In fact, that is what is unique about this book — it can be used by novices or those unfamiliar with hypnotic techniques, but it is detailed enough for those currently using hypnosis in their day-to-day practice. Readers will enjoy the history of hypnosis as well as the glossary, which includes common hypnosis terms and abbreviations. Excellent technical chapters cover inductions, deepening the hypnotic state, and testing during hypnosis.
Assessment: This is truly a great addition to the field of hypnosis. Highly recommended!
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Eden B Lesser, MA (Abbott Laboratories)
Description: Based on the hypnotherapy of Charles Tebbetts, this book by his student, Roy Hunter, also an expert in the field of hypnosis, is an effort to explain the fundamentals of hypnosis to both practitioners and novices. Very few books cover the subject of hypnosis and its applications.
Purpose: The author provides readers a full account of hypnosis, starting with the history of hypnosis and moving on to an explanation of the technical aspects.
Audience: This book should appeal to a wide variety of readers, both clinical professionals and those who are just beginning their study of hypnosis. While it could be used by someone completely unfamiliar with hypnotic techniques, the detailed chapters on the various stages of hypnotic states make it essential for those wishing to broaden their ability to use hypnosis.
Features: In fact, that is what is unique about this book — it can be used by novices or those unfamiliar with hypnotic techniques, but it is detailed enough for those currently using hypnosis in their day-to-day practice. Readers will enjoy the history of hypnosis as well as the glossary, which includes common hypnosis terms and abbreviations. Excellent technical chapters cover inductions, deepening the hypnotic state, and testing during hypnosis.
Assessment: This is truly a great addition to the field of hypnosis. Highly recommended!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845904395
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xi
1. Overview 1
The Purpose of This Book 1
Who Was Charles Tebbetts? 2
Part I Learning the Art of Basic Hypnosis 5
Part II Learning the Art of Hypnotherapy 7
Part III Advanced Hypnotherapy Techniques 8
2. Hypnosis: What IS It and Why Use It? 11
Why Use Hypnosis? 11
Subconscious Resistance to Change 13
"Old Tapes" Must Be Changed 14
What Is Hypnosis? 14
Hypnosis = Altered Consciousness 16
The Four States of Mind 19
Correct Terminology for People in Hypnosis 20
Faith and Hypnosis Are Closely Related 22
Hypnotic Formula: Components of Hypnosis 24
Are the Ingredients Enough? 28
3. Hypnosis: Yesterday & Today 31
The Purpose of this Chapter 31
Possible Origins of Hypnosis 32
The Hypnotic Pioneers of Yesteryear 33
Hypnotic Pioneers of the 18th Century 37
Hypnosis in the 19th Century 46
The Most Common Mistake of the Pioneers 58
20th Century Hypnosis 60
The ART of Hypnotherapy: Birth of a New Profession 62
Legal Recognition of Hypnotherapy 67
The Future of Hypnosis 68
4. The Dual Roles of Suggestibility Tests 71
Wording Is Important 72
Tebbetts Suggestibility Tests (Roy Hunter style) 73
Should You Use Suggestibility Tests Every Time? 76
Before You Begin Hypnosis... 76
5. Inductions and Awakening 79
How Do We Induce Hypnosis? 79
Induction Type #1 Eye Fixation 81
Type #2 Relaxation (or Fatique of Nervous System) 84
Type #3 Mental Confusion 87
Type #4 Mental Misdirection 91
Type #5 Loss of Equilibrium 94
Type #6 Shock to Nervous System 94
Unique Technique 98
Important Advice Regarding Touch 99
Your Imagination Is the Limit 99
Voice: Your Greatest Tool 100
Awakening 102
6. Deepening the Hypnotic State 105
Recognizing the Trance State 105
Depths of Hypnosis 106
How to Deepen the Hypnotic State 111
What About Guided Imagery for Deepening? 115
7. Testing During Hypnosis 119
How Does Testing Benefit the Client? 119
Eye Catalepsy Test 120
The Hand Clasp Test 121
The Rigid Arm Test 122
Automatic Motion 123
Arm Levitation 124
To Use Arm Levitation Without Touch 125
What If a Client Fails Two Tests? 126
Can Convincers Be Used to Measure Hypnotic Depth? 126
8. Post-hypnotic Suggestion & Suggestion Structure 129
Non-therapeutic Post-hypnotic Suggestion 129
Therapeutic Post-hypnotic Suggestion 131
Post-hypnotic Suggestion as a Hypnotic Induction 131
Direct and Indirect Suggestion 132
Constructing Effective Suggestions 135
9. Ethics & Potential Dangers 145
What Constitutes Ethics? 145
"Hypnotic Seal" 148
Ethics Legislated in Washington State 149
Is Hypnosis Dangerous? 152
Just What Constitutes Adequate Training? 152
Do Advanced Degrees Stop Unwise Use of Hypnosis? 155
Be Non-Judgmental of Your Clients 162
10. Self-hypnosis for Stress Coping 165
The Peaceful Place Meditation 167
Using the Peaceful Place Triggers 169
Stress Release Options--the Healthy Choices 170
Doing It 173
It Only Works When It Is Used 174
11. Concepts about the Subconscious taught by Charles Tebbetts 177
Six Functions of the Subconscious 177
The Five Methods of Subconscious Programming 179
The Rules of the Mind 180
So... Where Do We Go from Here? 189
12. Introducing the Art of Hypnotherapy 191
So... Just What Is Hypnotherapy? 192
Hypnotist or Hypnotherapist? 193
How Can Hypnotherapy Resolve Problems? 194
Are All These Steps Necessary? 197
Preview of Parts Therapy 198
In Conclusion 202
Glossary 205
Bibliography 209
Index 211
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